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.


Pacific community furious at kava ban

13 July 2007, 10:24 AEST

Australia's Pacific Island community is furious at a federal government decision to ban the commercial importation of kava.

PM not worried by Aust opposition to new AG

12 July 2007, 19:40 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare says he's not worried by the Australian government's strong reaction against the appointment of Julian Moti as the country's attorney general.

Statemate over plans to rearm police

12 July 2007, 16:26 AEST

The stalemate between Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare, the country's civil society groups and RAMSI over re arming police doesn't look like being resolved soon.

Capital disrupted by power strike

12 July 2007, 16:22 AEST

A non sanctioned power strike is causing chaos in Papua New Guinea with disruptions to telephone and internet services.

Names on travel ban list growing

12 July 2007, 16:22 AEST

In Fiji, another name has been added to the military led government's travel ban list.

Pacific leaders told more action less talk

12 July 2007, 16:21 AEST

Economic ministers of the Pacific are wrapping up their two day meeting in the small island of Palau in the northern Pacific.

Funding problems jeopardise Rugby World Cup campaign

12 July 2007, 11:16 AEST

Fiji is having trouble finding enough funds to make sure its Rugby team gets to France for the World Cup in September.

Bad weather disrupts Pacific telecommunications

11 July 2007, 16:18 AEST

Bad weather in New Zealand's north island has disrupted telecommunication services to six Pacific Island countries.

President critical of Forum's approach to free trade

11 July 2007, 16:17 AEST

Palau President Tommy Remengesau has criticised the Pacific Forum's approach to free trade in the region in his opening address to the Forum Economic Ministers meeting.

Academic says Moti decision a disgrace

11 July 2007, 16:17 AEST

The Solomon Islands Government's installation of fugitive Australian lawyer Julian Moti as the island nation's first law officer has been described as a "disgrace", bringing the office of Attorney-General into disrepute.

President critical of Forum's approach to free trade

11 July 2007, 16:15 AEST

Palau President Tommy Remengesau has criticised the Pacific Forum's approach to free trade in the region in his opening address to the Forum Economic Ministers meeting.

Foreign Minister says Solomons laughting stock

11 July 2007, 16:14 AEST

For the second day in a row, Australia's Foreign minister Alexander Downer has gone on the attack over Julian Moti's appointment as Solomon Islands Attorney General.

Overwhelming opposition to government decisions

11 July 2007, 15:49 AEST

A public forum in Honiara has expressed overwhelming opposition to recent controversial decisions by the Solomon Islands Government.

Voting winds down counting starts Monday

11 July 2007, 15:35 AEST

In Papau New Guinea's general election, voting is expected to finish on Friday with the exception of some of the more inaccessible areas.

SOLS:Former DPP says Moti appointment unconstitutional

11 July 2007, 15:35 AEST

A former Solomon Islands Director of Public Prosecutions says the appointment of Julian Moti as Attorney General is un-constitutional.

PACIFIC:Pacific Plan makes considerable progress

11 July 2007, 11:48 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says considerable progress has been made in implementing the Pacific Plan - the Forum Island leaders vision for increased regional co-operation and development.

PNG:Backs APEC push to resusitate Doha talks

11 July 2007, 11:47 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister, Paul Tiensten, has given his full support to the APEC Trade Ministers reaffirmation of their commitment to reach a successful conclusion to the stalled Doha round or World Trade negotiations.

Academic says Moti appointment won't affect RAMSI

11 July 2007, 11:36 AEST

Julian Moti's ascension to the position of Solomon Islands' Attorney-General is being seen as all about the leadership of the Prime Minister, and it won't affect the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI.

Electoral Commission confident of result by end of July

11 July 2007, 11:34 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commission says it is confident of delivering election results by the 30th of July despite delays in counting votes and polling being extended in several provinces till the end of this week.

Moti says swearing-in as AG victory for silent majority

10 July 2007, 18:21 AEST

The Solomon Islands' new Attorney General, Julian Moti says his ascension to the top legal position is a victory for the silent majority in the country.

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