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.

Stories

RAMSI denies involvement with prostitutes

15 November 2006, 16:43 AEDT

The leaders of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands have denied allegations that prostitution is rife at their officers' base east of Honiara.

Minister faces pressure to resign over budget opposition

15 November 2006, 16:28 AEDT

The future of Fiji's multi-party cabinet is under a cloud this week, after a prominent minister announced he couldn't support the government's 2007 budget.

Trade and Fisheries officials in Vanuatu

15 November 2006, 16:28 AEDT

A series of meetings are taking place in Port Vila, Vanuatu involving high level delegations from the Pacific countries of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific the PACP group.

20% population loss figure disputed

15 November 2006, 12:11 AEDT

Authorities on Tokelau are hoping census figures showing a 20 per cent drop in population in the last five years are misleading.

Councillor plans plastic bag ban

15 November 2006, 12:11 AEDT

A Honiara City Councillor has high hopes of introducing an ambitious new law to ban plastic bags in the Solomon Islands' capital.

Calls for tougher misconduct penalties

14 November 2006, 17:00 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea watchdog Ombudsman Commission, is calling for tougher penalties to be handed down to politicians found guilty of misconduct in office.

Claims RAMSI operation won't help Bougainville

14 November 2006, 17:00 AEDT

The Autonomous Bougainville Government in Papua New Guinea has rejected the use of force as a way to bring about peace and normalcy in the troubled parts of the province.

Labour leader offered deputy prime ministers job

14 November 2006, 17:00 AEDT

In Fiji, Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry has confirmed he has been offered the job as deputy prime minister.

Underwood files court challenge to election result

14 November 2006, 17:00 AEDT

Now to Guam, where the Democrats are not taking it lying down, refusing to concede defeat.

Government rejects changes to land ownership

14 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

The Tongan government has rejected suggestions it needs to change its land ownership system.

French aircraft manufacturer looks to Pacific

14 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

French-based aircraft manufacturer ATR is riding high on a worldwide increase in demand for its small capacity planes, opening a sales office in Sydney last week to service the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region.

Diabetes could cause bankruptcy

14 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

An international diabetes expert is warning of bankruptcy for Pacific Island economies unless the world takes urgent action to fight a global diabetes crisis described as the ''biggest epidemic in world history.

Crucial budget debate begins in Parliament

13 November 2006, 16:52 AEDT

In Fiji, all eyes and ears were focused on today's budget debate in parliament.

Union warns of job losses in tourism sector

13 November 2006, 16:52 AEDT

Fiji's political crisis is now starting to affect ordinary citizens, with layoffs among hotel staff due to a decline in tourist numbers.

Plans for two new provinces

13 November 2006, 16:52 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea government is planning to create two new provinces in the nation.

Plans to raise Papua's profile

13 November 2006, 11:57 AEDT

American Samoa's newly re-elected Congressman says its time the Pacific region paid more attention to the Indonesian province of Papua.

New act could help nation's fishing industry

13 November 2006, 11:57 AEDT

The Cook Islands Tuna Fishing Association President Tapi Taio was recently reported as saying he's concerned the local Broadbill fishing industry could be under threat from illegal fishing.

PNG rates badly in development report

13 November 2006, 11:57 AEDT

The long term progress of the South Pacific has been rated poorly by the United Nations Development Program.

Labour's budget stance may end multiparty cabinet

10 November 2006, 16:31 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is facing political pressure in parliament this week, with the Fiji Labour Party warning it will vote against the government's 2007 budget.

New committee to negotiate peace

10 November 2006, 16:31 AEDT

After two days of deliberation, Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs has set-up a new committee to try and resolve the dispute between the country's military and government.

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