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

Anxious wait for outcome of election polls

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

Thousands of people on Nauru will head to the polls tomorrow for the first election since a reforming government took power three years ago.

Community development programs used to protect coral reefs

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

Delegates from around the Pacific have converged on the American Samoan capital Pago Pago this week for the 18th US Coral Reef Task Force meeting.

No condoms for female athletes

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

One of Samoa's leading HIV AIDS campaigners says he's perplexed and disappointed about a decision by South Pacific Games Organisers to remove female condoms from gift packs intended for athletes.

Sustainable foresty important revenue earner

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

Papua New Guinea's care-taker Forest Minister, Patrick Pruaitch has given an undertaking to manage its forests in a sustainable way within 5 years.

Disagreements holding up political reform

24 August 2007, 12:14 AEST

Disagreement over when and how to hold elections are holding up progress within Tonga's tripartite committee on political reform.

Taiwanese fising boat arrested for shark finning

23 August 2007, 15:50 AEST

A Taiwanese fishing boat 's captain and owner are facing 30 charges in the Palau Supreme Court relating to illegal fishing.

President Anote Tong Retains Seat

23 August 2007, 15:50 AEST

Kiribati President, Anote Tong has retained his seat following yesterday's national elections.

Paris not happy with politics in Papeete

23 August 2007, 15:50 AEST

The French government has organised a meeting in Paris to discuss changes to French Polynesia's political system to end the territory's instability which has caused three changes of government in three years.

Sogavare wants more ministers

23 August 2007, 15:50 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare is accused of further strengthening his control over the government.

Opposition says no TV for members

23 August 2007, 15:50 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Opposition is unhappy with the Parliamentary Speaker, Jeffery Nape's plans to buy TV sets for all 109 members.

Hundreds of Fiji sugar cane farmers forced off land

23 August 2007, 11:12 AEST

In Fiji more than 500 sugarcane farmers are expected to be pushed off the land and into poverty by the end of this year.

Election fall-out causes more violence in highlands

22 August 2007, 16:22 AEST

Violence has erupted in Papua New Guinea's troubled Southern highlands province with four people hospitalized from gun shot wounds.

Voters busy electing new government

22 August 2007, 16:22 AEST

The people of Kiribati today cast their votes in the country's general election.

EU to withold sugar subsidy

22 August 2007, 16:22 AEST

Fiji's interim government denies claims that the EU will not be paying sugar subsidies in 2007.

Treason probe against Qarase shelved

22 August 2007, 16:22 AEST

A Fiji Police investigation of deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase for treason has been put on hold.

Opposition coughs-up information on ethnic tension

22 August 2007, 16:22 AEST

A senior Solomon Islands politician says national leaders have nothing to fear about their role in the ethnic conflict if they have nothing to hide.

Police discover ammunition

22 August 2007, 12:34 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, police are looking for an Indonesian citizen allegedly involved in producing ammunition in a house he was renting.

Strong Virgin profit leads to expansion plans

22 August 2007, 12:00 AEST

The low cost airline, Virgin Blue, has more plans to expand in the Pacific, after announcing Polynesian Blue, its joint venture with the Samoan government, more than tripled its profit in the last financial year.

Coronation seventh Maori king

21 August 2007, 15:58 AEST

Celebrations are continuing in New Zealand following today's coronation of the seventh maori monarch - King Tuheitia Paki.

US Senate to revise Federalisation Bill

21 August 2007, 15:58 AEST

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas played host to a delegation from the US Administration and Department of Insular Affairs last week for a public debate on the US-proposed Federalisation Bill, taking control of immigration and labour laws away from the CNMI.

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