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

Pacific participates in trade talks

5 March 2007, 12:03 AEDT

The European Union and Government representatives from seventy eight countries in the Pacific, African and Caribbean regions concluded talks on Friday aimed at expanding trade and development co-operation.

Proposal to Federalise immigration system

2 March 2007, 17:10 AEDT

A fact-finding mission to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has been seeking local views about the plan by the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to federalise the CNMI immigration system.

Interim government hands down emergency budget

2 March 2007, 16:03 AEDT

Two months into office, Fiji's military installed interim government has handed down a somewhat leaner budget, which includes a five per cent pay cut for all civil servants.

More sanctions on military regime

2 March 2007, 16:03 AEDT

Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon says a number of the region's largest donors are discussing further sanctions to impose on Fiji.

SDL court action against military begins

2 March 2007, 16:03 AEDT

In Fiji, preliminary hearings in the High Court in which members of ousted Prime Minster Qarase's SDL party are sueing the military got underway on Friday.

Government to face no-confidence vote

2 March 2007, 16:03 AEDT

Niue's government is facing a vote of no confidence next week.

Drought causes water shortage

2 March 2007, 13:31 AEDT

Fresh water is scarce in the Marshall Islands' capital of Majuro with residents only able to access fresh tap water on two days of the week due to government restrictions.

Fact-finding mission to recommend federalisation of immigration

2 March 2007, 11:34 AEDT

A fact-finding mission to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has been seeking local views about the plan by the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to federalise the Territory's immigration system.

Trade Union Congress says PM should resign

1 March 2007, 17:05 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Trade Union Congress has called on Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, to resign over his conduct in disbanding an inquiry into the escape of wanted Australian lawyer Julian Moti from PNG, to the Solomon Islands last October.

Maori frustrated by treaty settlement process

1 March 2007, 17:05 AEDT

Maori frustrated by New Zealand's treaty settlement process and the courts are being urged to use direct action and re-possess disputed land.

Emergency budget to be handed down

1 March 2007, 16:57 AEDT

Government workers in Fiji are bracing for a pay cut which is expected to form part of the military regime's emergency budget to be handed down on Friday.

Prerogative of Mercy Committee Meets

1 March 2007, 16:57 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Prerogative of Mercy Committee met on Wednesday for the first time since 2005, to consider applications by prisoners for pardon.

Striking inmates resume eating

1 March 2007, 13:03 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, eight of the ten inmates who went on a hunger strike on Monday started eating again at lunch time today.

US calling for a return to democracy

1 March 2007, 13:03 AEDT

The United States Government has repeated its call for a quicker return to democracy in the coup-striken island of Fiji.

Villagers don't wait for government, build own road

28 February 2007, 16:34 AEDT

Ten thousand Papua New Guinea villagers from Chimbu Province have built their own road to link their settlements to the Highlands Highway.

Defence Minister sacked

28 February 2007, 16:34 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has confirmed sacking his Defence minister following the completion of an inquiry into the escape of wanted Australian lawyer Julian Moti from PNG to Solomon Islands last October.

The day China blew in

28 February 2007, 16:27 AEDT

Gritty air courtesy of sand deposits which have travelled from China via Sibera and Japan have engulfed Northern Guam in smog and haze.

USP's small campuses to get ICT boost

28 February 2007, 16:27 AEDT

The University of the South Pacific's push to improve its information and communications technology links with its 12 campuses outside its Fiji hub has won support from the World Bank.

FBI charge two more over prostitution ring

27 February 2007, 16:47 AEDT

The FBI in American Samoa has arrested two more Chinese nationals on charges of aiding in the transport of women to engage in prostitution.

NGO's support Eminent Persons report

27 February 2007, 16:47 AEDT

A paper by a number of Fiji's more prominent NGO's expressing overwhelming support for the Eminent Persons Group report is to be presented to the Pacific Island Forum's Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting next month.

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