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.


Australia's top cop says cash changed hands in recent poll

11 May 2006, 14:58 AEST

Australia's police chief, Mick Keelty says intelligence shows that a lot of money was changing hands during the election process in Solomon Islands.

Polling continues smoothly in outer islands

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

Fiji has entered Day 5 of the general elections, and things appear to be settling down after a chaotic start on the first day due to the late delivery of ballot papers.

New university programs for Francophone students

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

With around 40 percent of ni-Vanuatu students enrolled in French-language schools, there's a growing need in the country for Francophone tertiary institutions, in which to accommodate the high school graduates.

PNG experience could help Solomons strengthen party system

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

The political instability in Solomon Islands that has provided it with three Prime Ministers in less than a month has been somewhat of a common feature in most of the countries of Melanesia since they moved to Independence 25 to 30 years ago.

Students say they are desperate to escape military

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

Earlier this week, three Papuans landed on an Australian island in the Torres Strait, after fleeing their homeland.

Warning region will be left behind without good governance

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, has warned that the Pacific region is being left behind and young Pacific Islanders are in danger of becoming a lost generation.

Australia critical of jailed MPs' cabinet posting

10 May 2006, 15:42 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister has renewed his criticism of the decision by Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to appoint two jailed MPs to his cabinet.

MSG meets to offer support following riots

10 May 2006, 14:22 AEST

Solomon Islands is hosting a special meeting by ministers and officials from the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Melanesia's peak representative body.

Concern over Pacific tsunami warning procedures

10 May 2006, 12:04 AEST

When a large earthquake rocked Tonga's main atoll last week, it sparked Pacific-wide tsunami warnings and prompted the early-morning evacuation of some coastal towns in New Zealand.

Australian budget includes PNG corruption-fighting programs

10 May 2006, 11:33 AEST

Australia's annual budget, announced on Tuesday night, has included 332 million Australian dollars in aid for Papua New Guinea, with a strong emphasis on programs to fight corruption.

Concerns over Premier's Malaysian logging deal

10 May 2006, 11:33 AEST

On the island of Niue, the opposition is concerned that the island-state's Premier, Young Vivian, is refusing to consult the assembly and the people over details of a logging contract he has signed with a Malaysian company.

Chiefs step in to end jail-break impasse

10 May 2006, 11:33 AEST

All of the twenty prisoners who escaped from a Vanuatu prison over the weekend are now back behind bars, following successful negotiations between traditional chiefs and the police on Monday.

Voting proceeds smoothly throughout outer islands

9 May 2006, 15:43 AEST

In Fiji, the problems which plagued polling stations on day one of the national elections last Saturday appear to have been overcome, as voting continues throughout the country.

Three more Papuans arrive in Australia, via PNG

9 May 2006, 14:41 AEST

The Australian Government's frosty relationship with Indonesia is being tested again, following revelations that three men from Indonesia's mainly Melanesian province of Papua province were found in the Torres Strait on Saturday.

Australia's Foreign Minister disappointed with Cabinet lin

9 May 2006, 10:19 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has described the appointment by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of two jailed ministers in the country's new Cabinet as surprising and a disappointing development.

Health minister concerned over growing doctor brain-drain

9 May 2006, 10:19 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea have raised the alarm at the continuing exodus of some of its brightest medical minds to overseas countries.

Indonesia blacklists academics for 'supporting' separatists

9 May 2006, 10:19 AEST

As relations between the Indonesian and Australian governments remain tense over refugees from the Indonesian province of Papua, more tension is brewing.

US Congressman renews calls for human rights review

9 May 2006, 10:19 AEST

As Indonesia and Australia continue their diplomatic dispute over Australia's decision to grant 42 Papuan asylum-seekers temporary protection visas, the United States is now also set to weigh in on the debate over human rights in Papua.

Slow start to elections in some polling centres

8 May 2006, 14:43 AEST

Fiji's elections got off to a bumpy start over the weekend with some polling centres unable to open due to the late arrival of the ballot papers.

Voters begin casting their ballots in the general election.

8 May 2006, 14:42 AEST

Voters in Fiji went to the polls on Saturday in their first general election since the coup of 2000.

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