Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Bruce Hill

Pacific Beat

Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

Join the team each morning and afternoon on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave, and through partner stations in the Pacific.

Stories

Indonesian court sentences mine protestors

28 July 2006, 14:59 AEST

A court in the Indonesian Province of Papua has sentenced ten people over their roles in violent protests against the giant US-run Freeport gold mine.

Pro-democracy movement warns protests could turn violent

28 July 2006, 14:59 AEST

The Pacific islands Forum leaders meeting in Tonga later this year could be affected by violent political protests.

Deputy PM wants legal action against the opposition

28 July 2006, 14:59 AEST

Politics in the Cook Islands looks set to take place in the courts, with both sides threatening legal action against their opponents.

Calls for amalgamation of emergency services

28 July 2006, 14:59 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, some provincial administrators are calling for the country's three emergency services to be brought under one national umbrella.

Netball team draws in second test against South Africa

28 July 2006, 12:14 AEST

Fiji has played their second game in a three test series at the Suva Dome with a 47-all draw with the world's number five national netball side, South Africa, in their second of three test series at the Suva Dome.

Hollywood on Aitutaki

28 July 2006, 12:14 AEST

Hollywood TV producers have discovered a piece of Pacific paradise in the Cook Islands.

New fisheries partnership signed with EU

28 July 2006, 12:14 AEST

Kiribati has signed an agreement with the European Union aimed at ensuring sustainable fishing of Pacific tuna.

Government set to scrap privatisation program

28 July 2006, 12:14 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government has confirmed it will abandon the ambitious program to privatise government-owned utilities, which was put in place by former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta.

Human rites versus human rights

27 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

This week, magistrates and judges from across the region are gathered in Fiji to discuss human rights laws and standards.

Prime minister assures Ramsi of government support

27 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

The Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has sought to end the controversy surrounding the continued mandate of the regional assistance mission, Ramsi.

Is the government getting cold feet about the WTO?

27 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

Tonga has announced it's deferring its membership of the World Trade Organisation for a year.

Seabed explorers' quest for hassle-free mining ventures

27 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

Even for the best-intentioned of mining companies operating in the Pacific, actually gaining access to mineral resources can be difficult.

Pro-independence factions opt for unity

26 July 2006, 15:20 AEST

Independence leaders in Papua have taken a step which could pave the way for talks with the Indonesian government on the future of the province.

Netballers victorious over South Africa

26 July 2006, 15:20 AEST

Fiji has shocked the South African national netball team with a win in the first test at the Suva Dome.

President creates waves with independence remarks

26 July 2006, 15:20 AEST

French Polynesia's president, Oscar Temaru, is angering opponents of independence by continuing to talk about the issue.

Nurses urge government to address acute drugs shortage

26 July 2006, 15:20 AEST

Papua New Guinea's nurses association has urged the national government to address an acute drugs shortage at the Port Moresby General Hospital and urban clinics.

United Nations opens new Pacific regional centre

26 July 2006, 14:47 AEST

The United Nations has established a new regional centre for the Pacific, as part of its program of decentralisation.

Melanesian countries considering regional security force

26 July 2006, 14:47 AEST

The Melanesian bloc is working towards setting up a sub-regional security force like a rapid response unit to deal with emergency situations in member countries.

Region prepares for avian flu spread

26 July 2006, 14:47 AEST

Avian influenza continues to make headlines as more human cases are reported around the world.

Political upheaval as snap election called

25 July 2006, 15:13 AEST

Who is the prime minister of the Cook Islands? Normally that's not a trick question, but events on Tuesday made it one many Cook islanders are asking themselves.

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