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.


MSG debates diplomat expulsion

6 October 2006, 16:38 AEST

Top officials from Melanesia have had talks in Canberra on the diplomatic crisis between Australia and Solomon Islands.

Opposition may challenge election result

6 October 2006, 16:38 AEST

Final results in the Cook Islands election have been announced, but the opposition is signalling they may challenge some of them.

Australia insists PNG and Solomons hand over Moti

6 October 2006, 16:38 AEST

There does not appear to be any immediate solution to the strained relationship between Australia the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Tough laws for students carrying weapons

6 October 2006, 10:42 AEST

The University of Technology in Papua New Guinea has dismissed concerns about students taking weapons on to campus.

FBI breaks prostitution ring

5 October 2006, 16:02 AEST

Federal and local police authorities in American Samoa have arrested and charged two people involved in a prostitution ring.

Reform recommendations delayed

5 October 2006, 16:02 AEST

Tongans are unlikely to learn before Monday what changes may be made to their political system.

Prosecutor defends Moti arrest

5 October 2006, 16:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has criticised his own police force for their role in arresting the Solomon Islands attorney general, saying the officers concerned could face disciplinary action.

Prime minister backs Honiara over Moti case

5 October 2006, 16:02 AEST

The three-way diplomatic tussle now between Australia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea over the fate of fugitive Solomon Island's Attorney General Julian Moti is continuing.

Public Service Commission suspends Moti

5 October 2006, 16:02 AEST

The Solomon Islands Public Service Commission has announced its decision on the future of Julian Moti as attorney general.

Officials in Suva to prepare for Forum summit

5 October 2006, 12:07 AEST

The merging of several Pacific regional organisations and changing the way island countries speak to their larger foreign partners are two of the main issues that are to go before Pacific Forum leaders when they hold their annual summit in Fiji later this month.

Learning from Africa in the fight against AIDS

5 October 2006, 11:08 AEST

Papua New Guinea has sent two government delegations to Africa to learn about how the continent is dealing with the AIDS pandemic.

Legislative change likely after lands summit

4 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

The Vanuatu National Lands Summit has come up with 21 recommendations to deal with growing concerns over leasing out land to foreigners.

Opposition leaders lose seats in snap poll

4 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

In the Cook Islands, the Opposition has suffered a major blow with the loss of both its leader and deputy leader in snap elections.

Police say Moti is still 'fugtiive'

4 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

Police in Papua New Guinea say Julian Moti is still wanted despite local media reports suggesting that Australia's extradition request has not been accepted by the government in Port Moresby.

Legal Commission wants Moti suspended

4 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

In Solomon Islands, a cloud hangs over the continued employment of Julian Moti as attorney-general.

A new era of political reform in the offing?

4 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

What may turn out to be Tonga's blueprint for political reform will soon be unveiled in the Kingdom's parliament.

Diplomatic struggle with Honiara hots up

4 October 2006, 11:28 AEST

Australia is involved in an extraordinary legal and diplomatic struggle with Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Election result due soon

4 October 2006, 11:28 AEST

Final votes of last week's snap election in Cook Islands are still being counted with the result expected to be announced soon.

Govt confirms harbouring fugitive official

3 October 2006, 16:22 AEST

The Solomons Island's government has confirmed in parliament that the country's fugitive attorney-general-designate, Julian Moti, has taken refuge in the Solomons high commission in Papua New Guinea.

Australia under pressure over lone asylum-seeker

3 October 2006, 16:22 AEST

Nauru says it hopes the imposition on Australia of heavy new visa fees for continuing to hold a lone Iraqi asylum seeker on the Pacific island, will push Canberra to quickly find a solution to his situation.

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