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.


NGO warns Pacific against European trade agreements

18 June 2006, 10:01 AEST

One of the region's peak non-government organisations, Oxfam, has launched a scathing attack on the European Union over its push to sign a Pacific-wide trade agreement.

Europe hits back at criticism over trade agreements

16 June 2006, 15:19 AEST

One of the region's peak non-government organisations, Oxfam, has launched a scathing attack on the European Union over its push to sign a Pacific-wide trade agreement.

Japan may have the numbers in whaling vote

16 June 2006, 15:19 AEST

In a blow to the Australian government and international environmentalists, the Japanese-led pro-whaling lobby may - for the first time in decades - now have the numbers at the International Whaling Commission.

Vakatora's contribution praised by Indo-Fijian academic

16 June 2006, 11:46 AEST

The death of Fiji's former parliamentary speaker, Tomasi Vakatora, at the age of 80 is a sad day for the nation.

Industry-focussed journalism course set to kick off in Fiji

16 June 2006, 11:46 AEST

The region appears set to take another step in the professional development of journalists, with the Fiji Institute of Technology about to kick-start a two-year course which will enable media practitioners themselves to pass their skills on to new recruits.

US congressman opposes Da Vinci Code banning

16 June 2006, 11:46 AEST

As American Samoan authorities consider requests for the banning of Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, the territory's United States Congressman has called for the film to be shown.

Regional delegates could decide outcome of whaling vote

15 June 2006, 14:45 AEST

We're fast approaching the business-end of the International Whaling Commission meeting in the Caribbean country of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Pacific university students could face fee increase

15 June 2006, 14:45 AEST

A meeting of the University of Hawaii's board of regents will this week decide the fate of Pacific islanders wanting to attend the educational institution.

PNG says President's mining trip wasn't approved

15 June 2006, 14:45 AEST

Well, it might not even be operational, but Bougainville's Panguna copper mine is continuing to create controversy in the region.

Mutiny fears over appointment of police commissioner

15 June 2006, 14:45 AEST

In Vanuatu, the President of the law and order watchdog Transparency International says the appointment of a ni-Vanuatu as police commissioner could end in disaster.

Government to abstain from Japan whaling vote

14 June 2006, 15:53 AEST

As the International Whaling Commission prepares for this week's vote on a moratorium on commercial and scientific whaling, the Solomon Islands is defending its decision to remain neutral.

Tomasi Vakatora, Reeves Commission member, dies, aged 80

14 June 2006, 15:09 AEST

Fiji's former parliamentary speaker and one of the authors of the country's constitution, Tomasi Vakatora, has died, aged 80.

New police commissioner to be announced - soon

14 June 2006, 14:34 AEST

In Vanuatu, indecision is continuing to delay the appointment of a new police commissioner.

Population comments by NZ politician cause anger

14 June 2006, 13:48 AEST

Comments by a New Zealand politician that Niue is a failed political experiment have angered some local residents.

Soccer hero's family celebrates his Pacific ancestry

14 June 2006, 13:40 AEST

It has been a brilliant World Cup debut for Australian player Tim Cahill in this week's World Cup soccer match against Japan.

New university establishes regional think-tank

14 June 2006, 13:40 AEST

The region's newest tertiary institution, the University of Fiji, has attracted a major new educational initiative after little more than a year of operation.

Budget boosted to accommodate sporting fixture

13 June 2006, 14:30 AEST

The Samoan Government is allocating seven percent of its total budget next financial year to sport.

Bi-election gives veteran politician a new lease of life

13 June 2006, 14:30 AEST

Voters on the island of Atiu, in the Cook Islands, have voted overwhelmingly to return veteran politician Norman George to Parliament.

More deaths as whooping cough outbreak continues

13 June 2006, 14:30 AEST

The death toll from an outbreak of whooping cough in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik province has risen to 60.

Enthusiasm for Australian soccer star with local connection

13 June 2006, 14:30 AEST

After waiting 32 years to renew their relationship with the World Cup, six minutes stood between Guus Hiddink's Australian Socceroos and dreams of glory being ground to dust.

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