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.


Third Aids-related death prompts calls for awareness campaign

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

Just a week after being diagnosed with Aids, Vanuatu's third victim of the illness has died.

Fuel supplier talks a bid to keep prices down

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

Authorities in the Federated states of Micronesia are in discussion with their main fuel supplier, Exxon Mobil, in an effort to cut the cost of providing petrol.

'Warrior gene' reseach sparks Maori anger

9 August 2006, 14:34 AEST

A New Zealand scientist has found himself at the centre of a row over the genetic make-up of the country's indigenous Maori.

Champion swimmer under the knife and spotlight

9 August 2006, 12:24 AEST

And while he may have won gold for Papua New Guinea at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March this year, Ryan Pini's says his biggest challenge ever still lies ahead.

NGO releases report critical of logging industry

9 August 2006, 12:24 AEST

Environmental damage, human rights abuses, illegal permits and corruption: these are words which have plagued Papua New Guinea's logging industry since the first trees were commercially felled 30 years ago.

Policy launch for Melanesia malaria program

9 August 2006, 12:24 AEST

Australia has announced plans to launch a major initiative to fight malaria in Solomon Islands And Vanuatu.

Speaker says party hopping must end

9 August 2006, 12:24 AEST

The Speaker of the Solomon Islands parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, says he wants to see the country's political party system officially recognised to end the practice of elected members hopping from one party to another.

Labour minister praises multi-party cabinet

9 August 2006, 12:24 AEST

Fiji's multi-party cabinet is functioning well, despite tensions within the Labour Party, according to one of the government's Labour Party ministers.

State of emergency attracts mixed reaction

9 August 2006, 12:24 AEST

The state of emergency in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province is attracting mixed reactions, especially from those living in the township of Mendi.

Government says Forum will be safe

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

The Tongan government has vowed to ensure the safety of all people attending the Pacific Islands Forum summit in October.

Fuel shortage leads to water and power rationing

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

The island of Rotuma, north of Fiji is experiencing a critical fuel shortage which had lead to power cuts, the rationing of water and the closure of some schools.

Changes to mail services create havoc

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

The people of Marshall Islands are crying foul over the recent changes to their postal system which they say is creating a negative impact on the community.

Expert says economic future lies in agriculture

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

A Papua New Guinea economist has warned that the country's rich oil and gas resources are not the answer to the its economic future.

Amateur sports association wants financial independence

8 August 2006, 10:24 AEST

The president of the Northern Marianas amateur sports association, Michael White says there isn't enough money to send athletes to next year's Pacific Games in Samoa.

Violent incident over phone monopoly

7 August 2006, 15:50 AEST

The tussle for the mobile phone market in Fiji took a violent turn last week when a company premises was stormed and security officers guarding it allegedly manhandled.

NGO shows off marine projects

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

Our correspondent in Fiji Samisoni Pareti has been doing a bus tour visiting a series of environmental and marine projects on Viti Levu.

Government remains tight-lipped over coalition rift

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

The Solomon Islands government last week refused to end speculation over a reported rift within the five-party, grand coalition government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Plan to improve disaster response

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

The Vanuatu government is working on a plan to develop strategies to better deal with natural and man-made disasters.

Are guns causing Highlands instability?

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

The flow of guns into Papua New Guinea's southern highlands province is worrying the country's opposition.

Smaller Islands States get new boss

7 August 2006, 11:27 AEST

The Pacific's Smaller Island States are expected to be given better attention by the Pacific Island Forum's Secretariat with the appointment of a new program officer.

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