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

Australia's army expansion criticised

28 August 2006, 15:15 AEST

The Vanuatu government says Australia's decision to boost its army by an extra two-thousand-600 soldiers is not the solution to addressing problems in the Pacific.

Anti-corruption unit to be set up

28 August 2006, 15:15 AEST

Tonga is hoping to follow the example of other countries such as Hong Kong and Australia to stamp out corruption in its public sector.

Mexican fishermen return home after nine-month ordeal

28 August 2006, 11:13 AEST

In the Marshall Islands, one of the year's most amazing stories of survival involving three Mexican fisherman has drawn to a close.

Police want government vehicles released

28 August 2006, 11:13 AEST

A senior Papua New Guinea police officer has urged a P-N-G car dealer to release six Southern highlands provincial government vehicles.

Traditional economy being promoted

28 August 2006, 11:13 AEST

The Vanuatu government is defending its efforts to promote the country's traditional economy.

Health Minister upset over tv report

25 August 2006, 14:57 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Health Minister has criticised Australia's public broadcaster for what he calls cheap journalism and misrepresentation of the facts.

Proposed broadcasting legislation raises concern

25 August 2006, 14:57 AEST

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation fears the government will attempt to control media content under its proposed new Broadcast Licensing legislation.

Inquiry launched into South Pacific labour

25 August 2006, 10:32 AEST

Fiji has warned Australia to open its economy to Pacific workers or risk more failed states in the South Pacific.

Expansion to army to tackle security challenges

25 August 2006, 10:32 AEST

Australia has announced a major increase in the size of its Army to deal with regional and global security challenges including those in the Pacific and Asia.

National netball coach resigns

24 August 2006, 15:16 AEST

With just 11 months to go to the World Netball Championships, Fiji netball is in a state of crisis, with the resignation of national coach Megan Simpson.

Plans to review public transport system

24 August 2006, 15:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Land Transport secretary has vowed to review the nation's public transport system in major urban areas.

Government urged to introduce political changes

24 August 2006, 13:27 AEST

The Tongan government has been warned of trouble if recommendations by a parliamentary committee on political change don't go far enough.

New police commissioner appointed

24 August 2006, 13:27 AEST

Vanuatu has a new Police Commissioner.

Forum to review size and scope of leaders' meeting

23 August 2006, 15:59 AEST

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, says he will now have to review the size of the peak representative body's leaders' meeting in October.

Strong support for the new Maori King

23 August 2006, 15:59 AEST

In New Zealand, there's been a groundswell of support among Maori for their new King.

New Attorney General proposed

23 August 2006, 15:59 AEST

In the Solomon Islands, Opposition Leader Fred Fono has accused Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of deliberately disregarding legal advice from the Attorney General, in favour of private legal advice.

Consular office re-opens

23 August 2006, 12:03 AEST

The Vanuatu consular office in New Caledonia has re-opened it doors after it was forced to close by disgruntled members of the Association of Kava Consumers last month.

Calls for a regional court to be formed

23 August 2006, 12:03 AEST

There have been renewed calls for the formation of a Pacific Regional Court in response to increasing transnational criminal activity in the Pacific.

Asylum seeker penalty for Australia

23 August 2006, 12:03 AEST

The Nauru government has passed a plan that will impose financial penalties on Australia for asylum seekers who are held on the Island for extended periods.

Calls for aid restrictions to be lifted on abortion

22 August 2006, 15:18 AEST

The issue of abortion is again confronting Australia's aid policy in the Asia Pacific.

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