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.


The creation of a malaria resistant mosquito

22 March 2007, 17:09 AEDT

Scientists in the United States have successfully engineered a mosquito that is resistant to malaria infection, which kills almost three million people a year across the world including in the Pacific.

Tuberculosis on the rise

22 March 2007, 17:09 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, a leading tuberculosis specialist doesn't believe the estimate that 50 per cent of the country's population has full blown TB.

Mining waste disposal to be reviewed

22 March 2007, 12:06 AEDT

Papua New Guinea says it will review the disposal of waste by some mining companies into major rivers.

Asian pollution effect on Pacific rubbished

22 March 2007, 11:14 AEDT

Predictions that increased air pollution from India and China may lead to stronger storms in the northern Pacific have been rubbished by a Pacific climate specialist.

The MSG Constitution is expected to be signed this Friday.

21 March 2007, 17:11 AEDT

After more than 20 years in existence, the Melanesian Spearhead Group could eventually have a constitution this week.

Credit Rating downgraded to same as PNG

21 March 2007, 17:11 AEDT

The international credit ratings agency, Standard and Poors, has downgraded Fiji's credit rating and put the country on notice that another ratings downgrade may be on the cards.

Chamber of Commerce to meet Governor

21 March 2007, 17:11 AEDT

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce is to meet with the Governor on Thursday to thrash out several ideas aimed at boosting its economy.

PNG fabric being used by fashion designer

21 March 2007, 11:45 AEDT

If you cast your mind back to last year's Commonwealth Games in the Australian city of Melbourne, you might remember the incredibly colourful uniforms worn by the Papua New Guinea athletes during the opening ceremony.

Guantanamo Bay comparisons rejected

21 March 2007, 11:45 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Superintendent of Prisons says it's totally inappropriate to compare the country's justice system to the United States' Guantanamo Bay prison system.

Government hopes to avoid public service strike

21 March 2007, 11:45 AEDT

Fiji's interim government will not be drawn on what it will do in response to a possible public service strike.

Pacific Foreign Ministers' talks wrap up

20 March 2007, 16:49 AEDT

On Friday, four months after the coup in Fiji, the Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum agreed on their next path of action.

Calls for better legal representation for asylum seekers

20 March 2007, 16:31 AEDT

One of the issues since the arrival of the 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on Nauru from Australia is access to legal services.

Interim Prime Minister urges unions not to strike

20 March 2007, 16:31 AEDT

In Fiji, the head of the country's military government has pleaded with union leaders not to carry out threats to hold nationwide strikes against a five per cent pay cut.

Chiefs want to solve tribal conflict

20 March 2007, 16:31 AEDT

Vanuatu's National Council of Chiefs is meeting in the capital Port Vila this week to discuss ways of preventing tribal conflict following the deaths of three people earlier this month.

Pro-democracy leader predicts another riot

20 March 2007, 16:31 AEDT

The leader of Tonga's pro-democracy movement says there could be another riot if the government doesn't lift emergency regulations.

Govt defends extension of emergency powers

20 March 2007, 13:49 AEDT

Emergency regulations in Tonga have been renewed for a further 30 days, amidst concerns over what may happen at the trials of high-profile people accused of involvement in the events of November last year.

Levels of HIV-AIDS a concern

20 March 2007, 11:14 AEDT

An Australian study says Papua New Guinea could lose a generation because of HIV-AIDS.

PNG govt and business representatives meet

20 March 2007, 11:14 AEDT

Cairns in Far North Queensland is currently hosting the 23rd Annual Australia, Papua New Guinea Business Forum.

Adaption to Climate Change could prevent huge costs

20 March 2007, 11:14 AEDT

Pacific Island nations could save hundreds of millions of dollars by investing in measures to protect their economies and infrastructure from global warming linked disasters, such as cyclones.

PM accepts new Australian High Commissioner

19 March 2007, 17:23 AEDT

The strained relations between Solomon Islands and Australia has improved today with the acceptance of the new Australian High Commissioner, Peter Hooton.

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