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.


Qarase breaks exile to travel to Suva

10 August 2007, 16:06 AEST

Ousted Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says he will travel to Suva at the end of this month for the first time since he was exiled following the coup in December.

Media sceptical about government inquiry

10 August 2007, 16:05 AEST

Many of Fiji's news organisations have been criticised for not participating in an inquiry into the media organised by the country's Human Rights Commission.

Plane crash claims at least 17 lives

10 August 2007, 14:41 AEST

In French Polynesia, 17 bodies have been recovered after an Air Moorea twin engine Dorner aircaft crashed earlier today.

No confidence motion withdrawn for now

10 August 2007, 14:41 AEST

After over a month of waiting, the people of Solomon Islands will have to wait a little longer to find out if Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare will survive a motion of no confidence.

Police Comissioner attacked by armed rascals

10 August 2007, 14:41 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner Gari Baki has been attacked by armed rascals while jogging in Port Moresby.

Russians claim nuke bombers overflew Guam

10 August 2007, 14:41 AEST

Russia is claiming two of it's nuclear bombers overflew the US territory of Guam earlier this week, forcing US fighter jets to scramble to intercept them.

Speaker stands his ground

10 August 2007, 14:41 AEST

The Solomon Islands Speaker of the House Sir Peter Kenilorea declined an invitation from the government to stand aside while the vote of no confidence was debated today.

PACIFIC:Private sector ideas go to Pacific Forum leaders

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

The Pacific Islands Business Forum has come up with a comprehensive program to put to Pacific Island leaders at their summit in Tonga in October.

Nurses take military government to court

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

Fiji's Nursing Association members have decided to end their two week long strong and return to work on Saturday.

Papua:A foreign policy shame for Australia.

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

Australia's attitude to West Papua is one its three foreign policy shames according to a senior member of the Opposition Labor Party.

Downer warns of corrupt leaders in Pacific

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has outlined the country's attitude and future committments to the Pacific in a keynote address in Canberra.

Legal challenge to PM Somare

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's qualification to lead his National Alliance Party in forming a new government is being challenged in court.

PM case a pretext to avoid vote

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

There are claims that legal action being taken in Solomon Islands by the Prime Minister is an attempt to stop a motion of no confidence from being heard in parliament.

Government defends sacking of top unionist

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

The Tongan government has defended the sacking of the general secretary of the country's Public Service Association, Mele Amanaki.

New board looks at salvaging Solomon Airlines

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

The new board of Solomon Islands' flag carrier, Solomon Airlines is looking at ways to try to salvage the troubled airline.

Silent vigil against child abuse

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

Anti-violence campaigners in New Zealand say they're encouraged by the support they received today for a nationwide silent vigil against child abuse.

PM defends Moti with 666 questions

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has tabled in parliament a detailed defence of his attorney general Julian Moti in the form of a questionnaire containing 666 questions for the Australian Director of Public Prosecutions, Damian Bugg.

Violence breaks out in western highlands

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

Violence has erupted in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands with locals exchanging gunfire with security forces who tried to remove a roadblock on the PNG highlands highway.

Military government ramps up pressure on nurses strike

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

Fiji's interim government has stopped the payment of salaries to striking nurses to try to force them to return to work.

Public Service strike collapses

7 August 2007, 17:29 AEST

Fiji's public service strike has collapsed, with the Public Employees Union and the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers calling off their industrial action.

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