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 offers NZ diplomatic support against Fiji

15 June 2007, 11:03 AEST

Australia says Fiji's expulsion of New Zealand's top diplomat in Suva is incomprehensible and counterproductive.

Qarase says expulsion of NZ diplomat is childish

15 June 2007, 11:01 AEST

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says it's not too late for the interim government to reverse its decision to expel New Zealand diplomat Michael Green.

Torres Strait concern about health impact of border crosser

15 June 2007, 11:00 AEST

Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is accusing the government of letting thousands of Papua New Guineans with infectious diseases into the country.

request to delay changes to Facilitation Act

15 June 2007, 10:58 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has been asked to delay amendments to the legislation that established the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI.

Interim Government declares NZ diplomat personna non grata

14 June 2007, 16:50 AEST

The office of the prime minister for Fiji's interim Government has declared "deep regret and reluctance" at its decision to declare New Zealands's High Commissioner to Fiji Michael Green Persona Non-Grata.

Lawyer endorses engagement, not isolation

14 June 2007, 16:49 AEST

A recent conference on relations between Fiji and New Zealand called for more dialogue and less confrontation.

Foreign Minister deplores explusion of Fiji High Comm

14 June 2007, 16:47 AEST

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters says he's sought an explanation from Fiji's interim foreign minister but hasn't received a reason for the expulsion.

PM responds angrily to explusion of High Commissioner

14 June 2007, 16:47 AEST

The response to the expulsion of Michael Green by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has been quick and strong.

Francis Herman steps down as head of Fiji Broadcasting

14 June 2007, 11:38 AEST

The Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has resigned.

Prisoners Accuse Wardens of Mistreatment

14 June 2007, 11:37 AEST

There have been renewed allegations of poor prison conditions and regular beatings of inmates in the troubled Indonesian province of Papua.

New ministers appointed from Opposition Party

13 June 2007, 17:04 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Ham Lini has wasted no time in getting rid of a rebel political party which supported a motion to oust him.

deposed PM reconsidering travel plans

13 June 2007, 16:31 AEST

The deposed Prime Minister of Fiji Laisenia Qarase says he is reconsidering his plans to travel to Suva next week, the first time he would have left his home island since last year's coup.

Election campaign off to a violent start

13 June 2007, 15:50 AEST

Papua New Guinea's election campaign has got off to a violent start in the Highlands.

PNG:Indonesia's Human Rights Commission complains about Ok Tedi Pollut

13 June 2007, 15:50 AEST

Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights, Komnas HAM, says it is receiving complaints from people along the Fly River border with Papua New Guinea about pollution from PNG's Ok Tedi gold and copper mine.

PM commissions newest warship Canterbury

13 June 2007, 12:20 AEST

The New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark says the country's newest warship will benefit regional missions involving Australia.

New warship part of major upgrade of defence forces

13 June 2007, 12:20 AEST

The New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark says the commissioning of a new warship is part of a major multi-billion dollar modernisation and upgrade of her country's defence forces.

US building new embassy with better security

13 June 2007, 10:47 AEST

The United States is building a new high secure state-of-the-art embassy compound in Suva.

concern over 3 members of Oceania Olympic committee

13 June 2007, 10:40 AEST

The Oceania National Olympic Committee is concerned about serious problems with three of its member countries.

security looms as biggest challenge to elections

12 June 2007, 16:02 AEST

Security is looming as Papua New Guinea's biggest challenge for the National Elections at the end of this month.

Airline passengers grounded in Marshall Islands

12 June 2007, 15:56 AEST

Nauru's Our Airline formerly known as Air Nauru has run into problems once again.

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