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.


Mixed response to survey on RAMSI

22 December 2006, 10:52 AEDT

A survey commissioned by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands shows that most people believe law and order has improved in the country last year.

Chinese workers reimbursed after manufacturer closes down

22 December 2006, 10:52 AEDT

Hundreds of Chinese garment workers in the Northern Marianas have won back their recruitment fees after their employment deals fell through.

Status as tax haven to be kept

21 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

Norfolk Island will maintain its status as a tax haven.

Great Council of Chiefs in second day of talks

21 December 2006, 16:53 AEDT

In Fiji, the Great Council of Chiefs is meeting for the second day to decide on an acceptable plan to return the country to a democracy following the December 5th coup.

Five people arrested outside "Chiefs" meeting

21 December 2006, 16:53 AEDT

Five people arrested outside Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs' meeting in Suva on Thursday have not been told what they are to be charged with.

Moti not coming to Australia yet

21 December 2006, 16:53 AEDT

The Solomon Islands government has retracted an earlier statement that Australian fugitive lawyer, Julian Moti was to soon be travelling to Australia as Solomon Islands Attorney General.

Threats of more riots prompt high security

21 December 2006, 16:53 AEDT

The Tongan government is defending the tight security procedures in place for the court appearances of people accused in connection with last month's riots.

Court rules in favour of school admission policy

21 December 2006, 13:41 AEDT

A three year legal battle that's stirred racial tension in Hawaii has taken a turn in favour of the defendant - a private school that excludes non-native Hawaiians.

Concern recent upheaval could affect migration

21 December 2006, 11:55 AEDT

The regional head of a United Nations' development agency says recent social and political upheaval in Fiji and Tonga could spark a new wave of migration out of the Pacific.

Court appeal against Police appointment

21 December 2006, 11:55 AEDT

Papua New Guinea Acting Police Commissioner, Fred Sheekiot and his deputy Tony Wagambie have taken the appointment of PNG Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, to court to restrain Mr Baki from taking office.

Deputy PM Resigns

21 December 2006, 11:55 AEDT

Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Mines and Energy, Job Duddley Tausinga has resigned from Cabinet.

Great Council of Chiefs meeting underway

20 December 2006, 17:41 AEDT

The Great Council of Chiefs meeting being held in Fiji to discuss its constitutional crisis due to the military coup began in the capital, Suva on Wednesday without the ousted president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo and Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase.

Changes to voting proposed

20 December 2006, 17:02 AEDT

Vanuatu is considering changing the way its citizens vote.

Police say former Fiji soldiers should face the law

20 December 2006, 17:02 AEDT

The Acting Commissioner of Police on PNG's autonomous province of Bougainville, Paul Kamuai says the five Fijians living illegally there must face the law.

Australia needs to build up its military forces

20 December 2006, 17:02 AEDT

Australia's former Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans, the Labor Government Foreign Minister from 1988 to 1996 - says he's pessimistic about the future of Papua New Guinea because of the deterioration of governance.

Newspaper Editor still to be deported

20 December 2006, 17:02 AEDT

You may remember In Fiji last week, the editor of a newspaper which has criticized Fiji's military coup leaders was told he was to be deported.

French Red Cross expansion welcomed

20 December 2006, 12:39 AEDT

The International Federation of the Red Cross has welcomed plans by the French Red Cross to expand its operations in the Pacific.

Ashes of US Marine is scattered on Guadalcanal

20 December 2006, 12:39 AEDT

The ashes of a US Marine officer has been taken to Solomon Islands and scattered at the spot where he spent the night after being wounded on Guadalcanal 64 years ago.

No ruffled feathers despite live chicken ban

20 December 2006, 12:39 AEDT

Continental Airlines will no longer transport live chickens from the United States to Guam.

Evacuation crews on standby due to flood concerns

19 December 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Emergency evacuation crews in Fiji are standing by as - what's described as - freak weather conditions cause flash floods across the major islands.

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