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.


2008 International Year of the Reef

25 October 2007, 13:51 AEST

2008 has been named International Year of the Reef.

Plans underway for Qarase & Bainimarama meeting

25 October 2007, 13:41 AEST

In Fiji, it's increasingly likely that the standoff between deposed prime Laisenia Qarase and interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama is about to end.

W-Papuans unlikely to be resettled in third county

25 October 2007, 11:45 AEST

The United Nations refugee agency in Papua New Guinea says it's unlikey a group of West Papuans have a case to be relocated to a third country.

Rise in crude oil means higher prices at the pump

25 October 2007, 11:45 AEST

Petrol prices on Guam have risen again.

FM says NZ helping with review of RAMSI act

24 October 2007, 16:03 AEST

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Patteson Oti says New Zealand has offered to assist his government in its controversial review of the RAMSI facilitation act.

Opposition leader thinks Archbishop is being used

24 October 2007, 16:02 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader believes the country's Catholic Archbishop is being used by the interim government.

Signs of improving relations with Australia

24 October 2007, 16:02 AEST

While it's a long way from being back to normal, there appears to an improvement in the relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

PM says Forum Fiji stance a united one

24 October 2007, 12:06 AEST

The new Chairman of the Pacific islands Forum says there were very few divisions between member states at last weeks leaders summit on the issue of Fiji.

Legislature snubs Governor's Bill veto

24 October 2007, 12:04 AEST

When Governor Benigno Fitial took office in January last year the economy of the Commonwealth of the Northen Marianas was in crisis.

First woman principal magistrate

24 October 2007, 12:04 AEST

The first woman to be a Principal Magistrate in Solomon Islands has been sworn in by Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer.

EU sugar industry funding back on track

23 October 2007, 16:19 AEST

The European Union says its funding allocation for Fiji's sugar industry is back on track.

Venezeula to help with fuel supplies

23 October 2007, 15:50 AEST

One of the biggest issues facing the Pacific, in particular the smaller island states, is fuel supplies.

Robbery charge dropped against ex-PM

23 October 2007, 15:46 AEST

Former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza has been cleared of robbery charges by the Honiara Magistrates Court.

Interim Attorney-General clarifies election candidacy

23 October 2007, 15:45 AEST

Leaders at last week's Pacific Islands Forum in Tonga showed overwhelming support for Commodore Frank Bainimarama's commitment to hold elections in March 2009.

President working on consitutional reform

23 October 2007, 15:45 AEST

Still in his first week after being returned for a second term, Kiribati President Anote Tong is already thinking about a number of constitutional reforms he would like to introduce.

$500-thousand to improve fishing surveillance

22 October 2007, 16:23 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, has promised half a million dollars to improve regional monitoring control and surveillance of Pacific tuna fisheries.

Magistrate stoned to death by refugees

22 October 2007, 15:56 AEST

Papua New Guinea police are investigating the death of a senior court magistrate who was allegedly beaten and stoned to death by a group of Papuan refugees in Port Moresby at the weekend.

Ousted PM accepts invitation to meet interim PM

22 October 2007, 15:55 AEST

In a surprise move, Fiji's interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has invited ousted prime minster Laisenia Qarase to meet him.

Forum review team disagrees with PM claims

22 October 2007, 15:54 AEST

A member of the Pacific Islands Forum team that reviewed the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, disagrees with claims by the Sogavare government about the review's terms of reference.

Govt defends against Forum media complaints

22 October 2007, 15:51 AEST

The Tongan government is defending itself against accusations of heavy-handed treatment of the news media covering last week's Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Nukualofa.

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