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.


Soliders thwart bomb attempt

22 November 2006, 17:19 AEDT

In Tonga, while relative calm has been restored after last week's riots, there are still pockets of unrest with soldiers last night having to foil a bomb attempt on a building in the capital.

Goro Nickel to suspend construction

22 November 2006, 17:19 AEDT

The Goro Nickel mining company in New Caledonia is playing down the impact of a court order to suspend part of its operations in the south.

Court rules in favour of Democrat election challengers

22 November 2006, 17:19 AEDT

Guam's Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Democrats having their case heard to have overvotes from the November 7 gubernatorial election counted.

Four FLP ministers face dismissal after opposing budget

22 November 2006, 17:19 AEDT

Four Fiji Labour Party ministers today face expulsion from cabinet, after voting against the government's 2007 budget in parliament.

Musingku shot by freedom fighters

22 November 2006, 17:19 AEDT

Police say armed men in Papua New Guinea's Autonomous Bougainville province have reportedly shot and wounded P-N-G's notorious money scam operator, Noah Musingku and killed four of his guards.

Businesses want input into moves to increase wages

22 November 2006, 12:30 AEDT

The group representing business people in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is calling on the Democratic congressmen of the USA not to increase wages there, without listening to their concerns.

Dissolution of parliament delays budget

22 November 2006, 12:30 AEDT

The possibility of a cash flow crisis in the Cook Islands came to a head earlier this week, as the government waited for the green light for the new years' spending.

Pro-democracy movement criticise Australia and NZ

22 November 2006, 12:30 AEDT

Leaders of Tonga's pro-democracy movement have taken another swipe at Australia and New Zealand for propping up what they claim is one of the Pacific's most repressive regimes.

Papuans protest outside Australian High Commission

21 November 2006, 17:16 AEDT

A group of Papuans who want Canberra to recognise them as Australians, marched on the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby this morning intending to register as citizens.

Union leader arrested

21 November 2006, 17:16 AEDT

A lengthy union strike that's caused havoc in New Caledonia is all but over with the arrest of its instigator, Sylvain Nea.

Courts grant Rabuka a mistrial

21 November 2006, 17:16 AEDT

In Fiji, the courts have upheld a request by former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka to have proceedings against him delcared a mistrial.

Who is responsible for last weeks riots?

21 November 2006, 17:16 AEDT

It's now five days after the civil unrest in Tonga and the capital Nuku'ulofa is still smouldering.

Old war village to be invaded by tourists

21 November 2006, 11:36 AEDT

A once forgotten war village near Fiji's capital Suva is about to be invaded again, but this time by tourists.

Community justice courses in Southern Highlands

21 November 2006, 11:36 AEDT

There's high demand in Papua New Guinea's volatile Southern Highlands Province for Community Justices Courses being conducted by a non-government organisation.

Police arrest 52 over riots

20 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Investigations into last week's riots in Tonga are well underway with police having made 52 arrests and more are expected.

Business community trying to sort out future

20 November 2006, 17:10 AEDT

In the aftermath of last week's rioting and destruction of property, Tonga's business community is now trying to figure out its future.

Journalists contained by no-go zones in capital

20 November 2006, 17:10 AEDT

Things are starting to get back to normal in Tonga following Thursday's violent ramage.

Foreign Minister sets-up Moti inquiry

20 November 2006, 17:10 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, the newly appointed Foreign Minister Paul Teinsten has authorised a Commission of Inquiry into wanted Australian lawyer Julian Moti's escape from Port Moresby to Solomon Islands.

US military bombers over Korea part of training

20 November 2006, 17:10 AEDT

The United States military base in Guam has played down concern over its manoeuvring of strategic bombers in Korean air space.

Calls for pro-active regional policy

20 November 2006, 13:46 AEDT

Australia's opposition Labor Party says his country's focus on military operations in Iraq has left it underprepared to face challenges in the Pacific.

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