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.


Foreign Minister rethinks retirement

31 May 2006, 10:07 AEST

When we last spoke to Fiji's Foreign Minister Kaliopate Tavola he had just announced his imminent retirement from parliament and public office.

No decision on opposition leader yet

30 May 2006, 15:16 AEST

An announcement on who will be Fiji's new Leader of Opposition has not been made so far today, and is now likely to be made tomorrow.

Army and Police ready to go to East Timor

30 May 2006, 15:16 AEST

The situation in East Timor is still fluid, with mobs still reportedly looting and burning in the capital Dili.

Quarantine manipulated to protect trade markets says PM

30 May 2006, 15:16 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the African Caribbean and Pacific meeting has entered its second day on Tuesday with ministers from across the globe discussing strategies for their summit on Thursday with the European Union.

Reform commiittee to get views of overseas Tongans

30 May 2006, 9:52 AEST

Tonga's parliamentary committee on political reform is to travel overseas to get the views of the influential Tongan diaspora on possible changes to the way the country is governed.

Lopevi volcano eruptions affect south Paama island

30 May 2006, 9:52 AEST

Volcano activity in Vanuatu is continuing to cause havoc on surrounding islands, while several other volcanoes are also threatening.

Foreign Minister says Pan Pacific agreements are possible

29 May 2006, 15:33 AEST

Trade, aid and the future of the region's relationship with the European Union are all firmly on the agenda in Papua New Guinea today, as an international conference of developing nations gets underway in the capital Port Moresby.

Aid donors are not buying favour or votes

29 May 2006, 15:33 AEST

Pro and anti whaling lobbyists are hard at work trying to garner last minute support from the Pacific ahead of next weeks International Whaling Commission meeting.

NGO's welcome Truth Commission

29 May 2006, 15:33 AEST

The new grand coalition government in Solomon Islands has announced plans to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in an effort to get to the bottom of all the ethnic turmoil in the country.

Agriculture should do more to exploit major markets

29 May 2006, 10:35 AEST

Papua New Guinea's agriculture sector is gearing up for some interesting times, but there are the eternal obstacles of infrastructure, climate and currency, transport and technology standing in the way.

PM secures large cash commitment from Japan

29 May 2006, 10:35 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, has returned to Port Moresby to attend the ACP and European Joint Council of Ministers Meeting.

Unions get assistance from Australian trade unions

29 May 2006, 10:35 AEST

Vanuatu's trade union movement says it has approached Australian Trade Unions for assistance in fighting a legal case filed against it by the government.

Extra budget allocation to save Pacific languages

29 May 2006, 10:35 AEST

The New Zealand government will spend around half a million Australian dollars over the next three years in an attempt to save three Pacific island languages.

Australian troops transfer from Solomons to East Timor

26 May 2006, 15:29 AEST

The US Pacific Command in Hawaii says it's preparing to transfer Australian Defence personel from Solomon Islands to Australia as part of the peacekeeping efforts in East Timor.

Fears region is too diverse for EU trade deals

26 May 2006, 14:11 AEST

Delegates from at least 37 different countries will descend on Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby this weekend, for a summit of ministers from developing countries and officials from the European Commission.

PSA says it could stage another national strike

26 May 2006, 14:11 AEST

Tonga's Public Service Association meets later tonight to finalise its demands for a new government structure.

Report claims whale population down in numbers

26 May 2006, 11:24 AEST

With the International Whaling Commission set to meet in just over a fortnight, a new report has raised fresh concerns about Japan's so-called scientific research.

PNG assures visitors their security will be paramount

26 May 2006, 11:24 AEST

Papua New Guinea's minister of Foreign affairs has assured participants of next week's ACP-EU meeting security will be tight for their stay in PNG.

Businesses welcome consultation on tax

26 May 2006, 11:24 AEST

Tonga's business community has welcomed the government's decision to ask for public input into proposed changes to the tax system.

Government steps in to stop US war relic export

26 May 2006, 11:24 AEST

Almost sixty years have passed since an American bomber was gunned down by Japanese artillery in PNG's East New Britain Province, as it attempted to make its way to the Australian city of Townsville.

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