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.


European Union disappointed over naming of new bridge

17 August 2006, 9:28 AEST

The European Union says it's disappointed the Fiji government has refused to name a new bridge linking the capital Suva with Nausori the Rewa-Europa bridge.

PM's statement raises concern over King's health

16 August 2006, 15:36 AEST

As we go to air today, concern is mounting over the health of Tonga's king, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, who is in an Auckland hospital.

Severe food shortages unlikely, despite rapid population growth

16 August 2006, 14:24 AEST

The issue of food security is on the agenda in Papua New Guinea, amid concern over the country's population growth is moving faster than its increase in food production.

Calls for fewer restrictions on foreign airlines

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has signed an open-skies petition, calling on the United States to ease its restrictions on foreign airlines.

Atlantic terrorism fear prompts airport security upgrade

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

The recent terrorism scares on the Atlantic air route between Britain and the United States have prompted the American Pacific territory of Guam to boost airport security, in line with other international airports.

Mourning begins to mark death of Maori Queen

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

A week of mourning has begun in New Zealand, following the death of Dame Te Atairangikaahu, known as the Maori Queen.

Summit to examine foreign land ownership

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

Concern about foreign control of land has prompted Vanuatu to hold a national lands summit later this month.

Proposed Bills causes a stir in opposition ranks

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

Two controversial pieces of legislation in Fiji have caused an even deeper rift between the Leader of the Labour Party and the Prime Minister.

NGO denies hiv/aids patients deprived of vital drug treatment

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

Last night the ABC's Four Corners program broadcast a comprehensive look at the problem of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.

Military investigated over shooting of Indonesians

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the defence force is under investigation for its role in the fatal shooting of an Indonesian fisherman.

Ambassadors to be appointed for Middle East and other nations

15 August 2006, 10:27 AEST

The Fiji government is in the process of appointing several ambassadors including one for the Middle East.

Opposition wants amendments to Commission of Inquiry

15 August 2006, 10:27 AEST

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader Fred Fono says he will push for amendments to the Commission of Inquiry into the Chinatown riots.

Government's migration bill withdrawn

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

In Canberra this afternoon the Government has been making key decisions about the fate of its migration bill.

Opposition says offshore detention is immoral

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

And the Australian government's withdrawal of a proposed tough new immigration law probably means detention centres in the Pacific may be left empty, according to the opposition.

World Bank supports guest worker scheme

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

The World Bank has added its weight to calls for Australia to allow in unskilled workers from the Pacific Islands to pick fruit and do other seasonal work.

Migration bill will not affect Nauru's detention centre

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

If the migration amendment bill had passed through the senate, it probably would have had its greatest impact on Nauru's offshore processing centre.

Politicians face drug tests under new legislation

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

In Palau, a new law has been passed which would see all political leaders and law-enforcement officials undergo tests for the use of illegal drugs.

Rice processors reject opposition 'dependency' claims

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

How much rice should a Pacific country buy from overseas before it becomes too dependent on imports? That's an issue which is being discussed in Papua New Guinea, following claims by Opposition Leader Peter O'Neill that rice imports are worth one billion kina a year, around half a million Australian dollars.

Governments urged to improve services for the disabled

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

The region's peak representative body, the Pacific Islands Forum, wants to develop a more coordinated approach to address the needs of disabled people in the Pacific.

Police step up security for Queens Representative

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

The Cook Islands government is playing down an increase in security for the Queen's Representative.

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