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.


Coup leader holds regular press conference

13 December 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Fiji's Military Commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama called what has become his regular daily press conference on Wednesday.

Deposed PM still keen to remain in politics

13 December 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Fiji's deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase hasn't given up hope of returning to politics.

Vote to oust Temaru Government

13 December 2006, 17:07 AEDT

A vote to oust French Polynesia's government of Oscar Temaru is scheduled to go ahead on Thursday.

When will interim government be unveiled?

13 December 2006, 16:56 AEDT

The talk around Suva in Fiji on Wednesday was when will Commander Frank Bainimarama announce the line-up for his interim government.

Immigration charges against Moti dropped

13 December 2006, 16:56 AEDT

The immigration case against controversial Australian lawyer and suspended Solomon Islands Attorney General, Julian Moti has been thrown out by the Honiara Magistrates Court.

Australia criticised for handling of Iraqi refugee

13 December 2006, 14:50 AEDT

The Australian Government is facing criticism for describing as a 'successful resolution' the resettling of an Iraqi refugee, stuck on Nauru for five years.

Nation has poor record in gender equality

13 December 2006, 14:50 AEDT

Papua New Guinea has ranked poorly in addressing gender equality according to a 2007 report by the United Nations Children's Agency-UNICEF, which highlight issues affecting women and children in the world.

Military claims an alternative govt is being set up

12 December 2006, 17:08 AEDT

Fiji's Military Commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama held another afternoon press conference in Suva on Tuesday.

Military alleges its human rights have been violated

12 December 2006, 16:59 AEDT

In Fiji, the Director of the Army's Legal Services has complained to the Human Rights Commission that it is being unfairly treated by the Law Society.

RAMSI review postponed

12 December 2006, 16:59 AEDT

The Pacific Islands Forum review of its assistance mission to Solomon Islands has now been postponed until next year because of the military coup in Fiji.

Military honours wage increase

12 December 2006, 16:59 AEDT

The military appointed interim government of Fiji has announced it will honour a commitment to pay a wage increase due to government workers this week.

Pacific Parliamentary Dialogue conference begins

12 December 2006, 12:04 AEDT

Parliamentarians from nine Pacific island countries start three days of talks in Samoa this week to look at democracy and stability in the South Pacific.

Landowners cry foul over mining benefits

12 December 2006, 12:04 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, foreign mining and petroleum companies and the national government have been accused of feasting on the country's minerals and not providing essential services like health and education.

The nation is suspended from the Commonwealth

11 December 2006, 17:24 AEDT

The Commonwealth has formally suspended Fiji as punishment for the coup engineered by Military Commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Fiji situation further delays MSG Constitution

11 December 2006, 17:24 AEDT

The political situation in Fiji has further delayed the signing of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Constitution.

Claims of prisoner abuse questioned

11 December 2006, 17:24 AEDT

Have people arrested in the wake of the recent rioting and looting in Tonga been abused in custody? It seems like a simple question, but answering it is proving very complicated.

Tourism authority attempting to woo tourists

11 December 2006, 17:24 AEDT

Hard hit by the coup, Fiji's tourism authority is attempting to woo travellers back to its resorts.

Applications roll in for positions in new government

11 December 2006, 17:24 AEDT

In Fiji, military leader commander Frank Bainimarama has just concluded another of his press conferences.

Court finds Rabuka not guilty

11 December 2006, 17:24 AEDT

Former Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has been acquitted by a Fiji high court on two charges of mutiny in 2000.

World Netball Championships pulled from Suva

11 December 2006, 12:58 AEDT

Fiji has lost next year's World Netball Championships, as the sport's world body succumbed to mounting pressure to move the event.

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