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.


Australia to review bilateral relations

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

There's been another development in the diplomatic row between Australia and the Solomon Islands.

Australia to suspend all visas of Solomon Islands MPs

13 September 2006, 17:36 AEST

The Australian government has decided to suspend all visas of Solomon Islands MPs as of midnight tonight.

US ambassador says no country is safe from terriorists

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

In a week which commemorates the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade centre, Fiji is playing host to the regions top military brass to discuss regional security.

Diplomatic tension with Australia continues

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

Just a day after the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare demanded the recall of Australia's High Commissioner to Honiara, Patrick Cole, the deputy secretary of Australia's Foreign Affairs Department, David Ritchie has arrived in Honiara.

British MP upsets the government

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

A British MP has upset the Papua New Guinea Government for implying the people of PNG indulge in cannibalism and chief killing.

20 prisoners still at large

13 September 2006, 11:00 AEST

Papua New Guinea police are still desperately searching for 20 prisoners who escaped from the Lae police lock-up in PNG's Morobe province last week.

Demands for recall of Australian High Commissioner

12 September 2006, 17:28 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has declared the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands Patrick Cole, an unwanted person in the country and wants his immediate recall to Australia.

Australia to send special envoy

12 September 2006, 17:28 AEST

Australia is sending a special envoy to Solomon Islands to express the governments' concerns about plans to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the April 2006 riots in Honiara.

New King pressured to abandon private businesses

12 September 2006, 16:55 AEST

As the body of Tonga's late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV lies in state in Auckland, attention is already focusing on the new monarch.

Report upsets the province's activists

12 September 2006, 16:51 AEST

A recent report by the International Crisis Group or ICG has upset Papuan activists.

PNG and Solomon Islands uniting to police border

12 September 2006, 16:51 AEST

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are pushing ahead with moves to have better control on their common border between Bougainville and the Shortlands and Choiseul in Solomon Islands.

Conflict over impact of new fisheries bill on tourism

12 September 2006, 12:00 AEST

Fiji's hotel industry is warning they might be unable to offer water activities to guests if the Fisheries Bill is passed unchanged.

Parliamentary report tabled on controversial bill

11 September 2006, 16:18 AEST

A parliamentary select committee in Fiji has today made its first submission to parliament on the government's controversial Broadcast Media Bill.

King dies

11 September 2006, 16:18 AEST

Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV has died, bringing to an end a reign of 41 years.

Nation begins its mourning

11 September 2006, 16:18 AEST

As Tonga begins its mourning period, the country's Prime Minister, Dr Fred Sevele, says people will eventually start to think about the reign of the new King, the former Crown Prince, Tupouto'a.

Commissioner wants Security Council

11 September 2006, 11:12 AEST

Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner, Lieutenant Colonel Patu Lui strongly supports the idea of forming a National Security Council.

Pacific Islanders standard of living improving

11 September 2006, 11:12 AEST

New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development says the standard of living of the nation's Pacific Islanders is continuing to improve.

Attorney General's inquiry challenge rejected

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

The Solomon Islands High Court has thrown out a challenge by the Attorney General to quash two terms of reference of a Commission of Inquiry set up by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

PM assures investors of political stability

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister is assuring potential overseas investors that the country's political instability is now a thing of the past.

Annual talks call for relaxation of travel requirements

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

The contentious issue of travel permits was at the top of the agenda at the recent annual talks between the leaders of the Samoa and American Samoan governments.

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