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.


PINA President to miss Honiara conference

16 May 2007, 15:54 AEST

The president of the Pacific Island News Association says he will not attend the association's biannual conference in Honiara next week.

PM says Chinese aid doesn't mean Chinese influence

16 May 2007, 15:50 AEST

Tonga's prime minister says China's agreement to provide millions of dollars in aid won't give Beijing any extra political influence.

40 prisoners escape from prison

16 May 2007, 15:49 AEST

Police in Papua New Guinea fear nearly 40 hardcore prisoners who've escaped from jail in the Western Highlands may not be recaptured.

veterans honoured who served in PNG in WW2

16 May 2007, 12:18 AEST

Soldiers who served in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War - both Australians and Papua New Guineans - have been honoured at the Australian War Memorial.

VANUATU; New agriculture minister appointed

15 May 2007, 17:45 AEST

In Vanuatu, the Prime Minister Ham Lini has appointed a new minister for agriculture.

Report alleges prisoner abuse by security forces

15 May 2007, 16:45 AEST

A new report in Tonga has alleged large-scale abuse of people picked up by the security forces in the wake of the November riot last year.

Pacific nuclear test veterans welcome study findings

15 May 2007, 15:47 AEST

Veterans involved in British bomb tests in the Pacific have welcomed the findings of a study that shows a probable link between their exposure to nuclear radiation and genetic damage.

Aust to spend $25-million fighting malaria

15 May 2007, 15:46 AEST

Australia is to spend an extra 25-million dollars fighting malaria in the Pacific.

nation in mourning

15 May 2007, 12:51 AEST

Samoa is in mourning for the late Head of State, Malietoa Tanumafili Le Lua, who died last Friday aged 94.

MP's in murder conspiracy trial

14 May 2007, 16:43 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the trial of two members of parliament and a former leader of the Maliata Eagle Force on charges of conspiracy to commit murder has opened in the Honiara High Court.

Canberra and Honiara exchange over Moti

14 May 2007, 16:43 AEST

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands and Australia's Foreign Minister are exchanging more words over the Julian Moti affair.

Businessman interrogated by military

14 May 2007, 16:43 AEST

A Fiji businessman who claims he was interrogated and abused by the army at the weekend says they had the wrong man.

State funderal for His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II

14 May 2007, 16:43 AEST

His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili the second who served as Samoa's Head of State for nearly 50 years died in hospital in Apia on Friday night.

national mourning declared after death of King

14 May 2007, 11:56 AEST

A state of national mourning has been declared across Samoa as the country honours the head of state Malietoa Tanumafili the Second who has died in hospital at the age of 94.

Governor welcomes WWII compensation bill

14 May 2007, 11:55 AEST

Guam's governor has welcomed moves to have the US government compensate Guamaians for atrocities committed by the Japanese during World War Two.

national census to be held in June

14 May 2007, 11:53 AEST

Fiji's interim government is putting the finishing touches to arrangements for the National census which is scheduled for 24th June.

Debate continues over constitution

14 May 2007, 11:51 AEST

Nauru is halfway through a six week constitutional convention.

calls to abolish appeals to the Privy Council

14 May 2007, 11:44 AEST

There are renewed calls for New Zealand to re-consider its decision to abolish appeals to Britain's Privy Council.

hockey qualifiers moved because of security concerns

14 May 2007, 11:42 AEST

Fiji has lost the womens Olympic hockey qualifiers because of security concerns.

PM accused of betrayal over casino decision

11 May 2007, 17:56 AEST

An anti-corruption group in Papua New Guinea has accused P-N-G Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare of betraying the country with a new gaming law, which legalises casinos.

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