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.


Rugby team hopes to capitalise on World Cup success

2 November 2007, 15:40 AEDT

The Tongan rugby union aims to ride the World Cup wave.

Copper mine forces re-routing of Kokoda track

2 November 2007, 12:01 AEDT

A week ago, Australia announced it would spend 16 million dollars to help gain world heritage listing for the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.

PACIFIC:Economist calls for Fiji super 14 team

2 November 2007, 12:00 AEDT

Fiji's success in the Rugby World Cup has prompted renewed calls for a Fijian team to be allowed to play in the Super 14 competition, this time from an economist.

New PINA manager is Fiji Broadcasting News Director

2 November 2007, 12:00 AEDT

The Director of News and Sport with the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Matai Akauola, has been appointed as the new manager of the Pacific Island News Association.

Moti Inquiry Chairman angry with Defence Minister

1 November 2007, 19:48 AEDT

Papua New Guinea national court judge and the Chairman of the Moti Inquiry Gibbs Salika has lashed out at P-N-G's Defence Minister for interfering with the country's judiciary.

Allegations Tongan soldiers attacked villagers

1 November 2007, 17:21 AEDT

Solomon Islands police and RAMSI authorities are investigating an alleged attack on villagers last week by Tongan soldiers serving under the regional assistance mission.

National broacaster up for sale

1 November 2007, 16:42 AEDT

The people of Fiji woke up this morning to hear the interim government is selling their national radio broadcaster, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited.

Minister accused of protecting PM over Moti escape

1 November 2007, 16:42 AEDT

Papua New Guinea 's Opposition party has accused the Defence Minister of protecting Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare by refusing to act on the findings of an inquiry into Australian lawyer Julian Moti's escape to the Solomon Islands on board a PNG military plane last October.

Census shows change in ethnic groups

1 November 2007, 14:05 AEDT

Provisional figures from the recent Fiji census have been released and as predicted they show a significant change in the balance of ethnic groups.

Economist calls for Fiji super 14 team

1 November 2007, 13:38 AEDT

Fiji's success in the Rugby World Cup has prompted renewed calls for a Fijian team to be allowed to play in the Super 14 competition, this time from an economist.

Aust criticised for not taking temporary Pacific workers

31 October 2007, 18:46 AEDT

A leading academic says the refusal of Australia to allow entry to temporary unskilled workers from the Pacific Islands shows it is not serious about regional economic integration.

Opposition angry over rejection of Moti report

31 October 2007, 17:02 AEDT

The announcement of the offiical rejection of the Moti report by PNG Defence Minister Bob Dadae has angered the country's parliamentary opposition.

More horrific stories of violence against women

31 October 2007, 17:00 AEDT

As more horrific stories of violence against women emerge from Papua New Guinea, there is increasing pressure on the new government to take the issue seriously.

Transparency SI responds to legal threats

31 October 2007, 16:57 AEDT

The Executive Officer of Transparency Solomon Islands, Joses Tuhanuku says Prime Minister Sogavare does not have any legal basis to sue him for defamation.

Moti report rejected by Defence Minister

31 October 2007, 16:24 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Defence Minister has officially rejected a report that found Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare responsible for the escape of wanted Australian lawyer Julian Moti to Solomon Islands last year.

Call for jury trials to be scrapped

31 October 2007, 16:01 AEDT

The President of Tonga's Law Society thinks the country should scrap jury trials in favour of trial in front of a judge.

Japanese whale hunt set to start

31 October 2007, 15:12 AEDT

Japanese whaling ships begin their annual hunt in the Southern Ocean in the next few weeks, while environmental groups are vowing to stop them.

Economy suffering from political instability

31 October 2007, 15:08 AEDT

The Council of Businesses of French Polynesia is warning about the perilous state of the economy after three years of political instability.

Call for move from foreign aid funding for health

31 October 2007, 15:05 AEDT

Papua New Guinea 's health sector depends heavily on foreign aid to provide basic health services to its six million people.

Debate on new constitution to start next month

30 October 2007, 15:49 AEDT

Nauru's government hopes to begin debating changes to the country's constitution by the end of next month.

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