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:Emperor to sell Tolukuma gold mine

11 September 2007, 15:42 AEST

Emperor Mines is to sell the troubled Tolukuma gold mine in Papua New Guinea - its last reamining operational mine in the Pacific.

PNG:Nasfund assets top one billion kina

11 September 2007, 12:28 AEST

The assets of Papua New Guinea's National Superannuation Fund - Nasfund - have reached the one billion Kina Mark for the first time, equivalent to more than 420-million Australian dollars.

Indo-Fijians not interested in anti-coup protests

11 September 2007, 12:26 AEST

Indo-Fijians living overseas have been apathetic about protesting against the military coup in their homeland, according to an Auckland-based democracy activist.

PM distances himself from climate change deal

11 September 2007, 12:25 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has distanced himself from a declaration on climate change made at the APEC summit in Sydney.

Weekend quiet as emergency laws take effect

10 September 2007, 16:54 AEST

The reimposition of a state of emergency in Fiji has not led to any visible signs, such as roadblocks or soldiers on the streets.

Church dismisses buried alive claims

10 September 2007, 16:53 AEST

The people of Yangome Village in the Tari area of Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands Province are outraged at media reports that they buried alive their relatives with HIV-Aids.

PACIFIC:NGO's at APEC criticise free trade

10 September 2007, 16:52 AEST

Non-government organisations from 16 countries say APEC is creating poverty and misery by its support for free trade deals and privatisation.

Normal conctacts to be resumed with PNG

10 September 2007, 16:51 AEST

Australia's formal freeze on Ministerial contacts with Papua New Guinea has been called off.

South Pacific games come to a close

10 September 2007, 16:49 AEST

To Apia, Samoa now where fireworks, rock music and tradition combined to end one of the most ambitious events in the country's history - the South Pacific Games.

Gaston Tong Sang runs for re-election

10 September 2007, 16:49 AEST

In French Polynesia, three candidates will contest the Presidency tomorrow.

Hindu group welcomes emergency law

10 September 2007, 16:47 AEST

A Hindu religious organisation in Fiji says the reimposition of emergency regulations will help control the growing law and order problem.

Judges resignation challenges rule of law says lawyer

10 September 2007, 12:12 AEST

The resignation of six expatriate judges from Fiji's Court of Appeal could have serious ramifications for the entire judicial system, according to a New Zealand-based lawyer who practises in Fiji.

Downer says Fiji's military regime flailing around

7 September 2007, 16:20 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister says Fiji's military government is flailing around re-imposing emergency rule because the military can't run the country.

Negative reaction to state of emergency

7 September 2007, 16:19 AEST

The international community has responded very strongly against the interim Fiji government's reimposition of emergency regulations.

Travel industry needs to be savvy to attract Chinese

7 September 2007, 16:19 AEST

The head of the Pacific's China trade office says the region must be market-savvy about attracting the lucrative Chinese tourist.

NGO calls for more international sanctions

7 September 2007, 14:36 AEST

A Fiji-based regional non-government organisation has called for further international sanctions to be imposed on Fiji.

Opposition leader says emergency is an 'overreaction'

7 September 2007, 13:48 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says the reimposition of a state of emergency is an overreaction on the part of the interim government.

Human Rights Commissoner criticises climate of fear

7 September 2007, 13:46 AEST

The reimposition of a state of emergency in Fiji has resulted in a climate of fear, according to one of the country's Human Rights Commissioners.

President Tong returns majority.

7 September 2007, 13:44 AEST

In Kiribati, President Anote Tong is likely to return to power following the recent national elections.

Military concerned at Qarase comments

7 September 2007, 13:42 AEST

Fiji's military led government has reintroduced the Public Emergency Regulations for a period of up to 30 days.

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