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.


Honiara-Canberra relationship a regional challenge

12 October 2006, 16:44 AEST

Dr Sinclair Dinnen, a Pacific expert from the Australian National University who specialises in Solomon Islands issues, says dialogue is needed to resolve tension between Australia and Solomon Islands.

Report of public service job losses denied

12 October 2006, 11:21 AEST

Reports that thousands of public servants in Fiji are set to lose their jobs have been denied by the ministry in charge of public sector reform.

Nation could become a top global gold producer

12 October 2006, 11:21 AEST

A senior government minister in Papua New Guinea has predicted the country could become one of the top three gold producing nations in the world.

PM Sogavare survives motion of no-confidence

12 October 2006, 11:21 AEST

Solomon Islands prime minister manasseh Sogovare has handily survived a vote of no-confidence.

Opposition leader launches no-confidence motion

11 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogovare, is facing a vote of no confidence.

Capital battered by storms and king tides

11 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

In Kiribati, a combination of unusually heavy storms and king tides has caused considerable damage in and around Tarawa.

PNG Use of military aircraft in covert operation labelled disastrous

11 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

The fallout from controversial lawyer Julian Moti's escape to the Solomon Islands is continuing with calls for heads to roll in Papua New Guinea over the use of the country's military aircraft to transport him.

Possible changes to political structure

11 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

A report on political change in Tonga suggests the majority of MPs be elected by the people.

Labour Party in serious disarray

11 October 2006, 11:26 AEST

The Fiji Labour Party is in trouble.

Asylum seekers to get access to legal help

11 October 2006, 11:26 AEST

Asylum seekers sent to Nauru as part of Australia's so-called "Pacific Solution" are to have access to a lawyer before Australian immigration officials talk to them and start assessing their claims.

Gay tourism could bring benefits

11 October 2006, 11:26 AEST

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation says the financial benefits of catering to homosexual travellers in the Pacific region should not be overlooked.

Report warns against "misguided" Australian debate

11 October 2006, 11:26 AEST

A new report has warned that the volatile security situation in the Indonesian province of Papua may deteriorate, creating a flashpoint between Jakarta and Canberra.

Attorney-General arrives in handcuffs

11 October 2006, 11:26 AEST

Fugitive lawyer Julian Moti was flown in handcuffs to Honiara late on Tuesday aboard a police helicopter.

Moti affair angers Australian government

10 October 2006, 15:48 AEST

Australia says the Julian Moti affair shows the major problems of poor governance in countries such as Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Attorney-General arrested on arrival

10 October 2006, 15:48 AEST

The controversial Australian lawyer Julian Moti who's been appointed Solomon Islands Attorney General, was whisked secretly into Solomon Islands early on Tuesday morning.

North Korean nuke test worries Guam

10 October 2006, 15:48 AEST

North Korea's nuclear test and the international reaction have raised concerns about security in the Pacific.

Islands eye bulk oil purchases

10 October 2006, 9:57 AEST

Islands of the Pacific are seriously eyeing bulk purchasing of oil as a way to beat rising world prices.

Serious impact of climate change predicted

10 October 2006, 9:57 AEST

Some of Australia's regional neighbours face increasing disease, homelessness and economic destruction as a result of climate change.

Papuan independence to be raised at Forum

10 October 2006, 9:57 AEST

A pro-independence activist from the Indonesian province of Papua is likely to attend the Pacific islands Forum later this month.

Moti lawyers appeal extradition orders

9 October 2006, 16:16 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, lawyers for the suspended Solomon Islands Attorney General, Julian Moti, appeared in court this afternoon, appealing against extradition proceedings instigated by Australia.

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