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.


Negotiations with Nauru over outstanding pay for workers

7 July 2006, 15:43 AEST

The saga of the Tuvaluan workers stranded in Nauru is coming to an end.

NZ minister encourages region to sign up to WTO

7 July 2006, 15:42 AEST

A senior New Zealand government figure has encouraged Pacific states to embrace trade liberalisation and consider joining the World Trade Organisation.

Cyclone Larry sparks pawpaw export boom to Australia

6 July 2006, 16:04 AEST

Pacific countries are all too familiar with the devastating impact of cyclones, which can wipe out crops and leave entire communities without food.

Claims US fudging figures on Okinawa troop relocation

6 July 2006, 16:04 AEST

A Japanese women's group is warning residents of Guam to keep a close watch on US troops due to be sent to the Pacific territory.

Opposition leader describes latest reshuffle as 'power grab'

6 July 2006, 16:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, is being accused of a power grab after his controversial cabinet reshuffle.

Datt says he will fight expulsion from Labour

6 July 2006, 16:04 AEST

The dispute within the Fiji Labour party looks to have claimed its first casualty.

Forum ministers told 'bad policy' to blame for poor performan

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

Finance ministers and treasurers from the Pacific region meeting in Honiara have received report cards on their countries' economic performance, and the message is: 'Could do better'.

Banks run out of coins

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

Papua New Guinea's banks are running out of small change.

Governor wants asylum centre to remain open

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the governor of Manus Province which hosts one of the temporary asylum processing centres in the region has spoken out against plans to shut down the facility.

FEMM set takes for next years meeting

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

Solomon Islanders have been given cause to feel more hopeful about their future following positive feedback from participants at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting.

All Black fury at Italian 'culture-vultures'

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

Australia's rugby team the Wallabies flew to Christchurch today for the opening match of the tri-nations rugby series and a Bledisloe Cup match against their arch rivals and the world's number-one-ranked team, the All Blacks.

Pro-democracy campaigners pipe down for king's birthday

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

In Tonga, thousands of people gathered this morning at the Royal Palace oval for the official military parade to mark the 88th birthday of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

FEMM likely to pass sobering judgements

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Ministers from across the region began gathering in Honiara yesterday for informal talks ahead of the main Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting.

Economic ministers' meeting kicks off

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

The Pacific Forum Economic Ministers meeting kicked off in the Solomons capital Honiara today.

Chaudhry may take action against party rebels

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Fiji's Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says he'll look at taking disciplinary action against party MPs who have been critical of his leadership.

Former Australian minister warns of Papua border problems

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

A former Australian Labor Party leader and foreign minister, Bill Hayden, says Indonesia could subject Australia to extreme military pressure by mounting hit-and-run raids into Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister backs regional customs service

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

In his official opening address to the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting, the prime minister of Solomon Islands, Manassah Sogavare, threw his full support behind a proposal to pool resources through the suggested creation of a single regional customs service to replace the fourteen customs services in the island states.

Minister denies links to Kabui hitmen

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

The scandal over an alleged plot to assassinate the Bougainville president, Joseph Kabui, is deepening with allegations of high-level government involvement.

Australian treasurer talks up economic meeting

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Australia's Treasurer, Peter Costello, says the annual Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting is hugely important in promoting sound financial management in the Pacific Islands.

Prediction of more violent protests

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Birthday celebrations for the King of Tonga today could be marred by political protests.

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