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.


PNG:New 18 billion Kina gas plant announced

30 April 2007, 16:42 AEST

One of the newer players in the Papua New Guinea oil industry has announced plans for a liquid natural gas pipeline and processing plant worth a staggering 18 billion kina or around 6 billion US dollars.

ACP ministers discuss future of Fiji's sugar industry

30 April 2007, 16:22 AEST

Fiji's sugar industry comes under the microscope this week as ministers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific group meet in Nadi.

Foreign Minister rules out lifting Fiji travel bans

30 April 2007, 16:17 AEST

A short while ago Campbell Cooney caught up with Australia'sForeign Minister Alexander Downer.

call for Australia to lift travel ban

30 April 2007, 16:16 AEST

In Fiji business groups are calling on the Australian government to rethink its smart sanctions.

Deposed PM will run for parliament

30 April 2007, 16:12 AEST

Fiji's deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase has announced he will run for parliament if the elections are held within the next two years.

May Day protest has historical precendents

30 April 2007, 12:15 AEST

The stay home from work protest against the interim government which has been called by cyber-activists in Fiji is the latest in a tradition of passive resistance in Fiji, according to a New Zealand based academic.

Trade Disputes Panel struggling.

30 April 2007, 12:13 AEST

The Solomon Islands industrial tribunal is struggling with its heavy case load because of a shortage of staff.

US Tongan leader appointed to lead reconciliation effort

30 April 2007, 12:12 AEST

A prominent Tongan community leader from the United States has been appointed as a special adviser on reconciliation in the prime minister's office.

launch of new regional TV Drama

30 April 2007, 12:11 AEST

A new television drama series has been launched in Solomon Islands.

Regions ministers discuss smart energy

27 April 2007, 15:38 AEST

More than 50 of the regions experts are gathered in Cook Islands to discuss the energy crisis and its sustainable development.

PNG:malaria outbreak kills 14

27 April 2007, 15:36 AEST

Global warming is being blamed for an outbreak of malaria in Papua New Guinea, which has claimed 14 lives.

NZ & Australia criticised for low aid levels

27 April 2007, 12:06 AEST

New Zealand is being criticised as miserly over its low level of international aid.

More Aussies investing in Solomons

27 April 2007, 12:04 AEST

The diplomatic stoush between Canberra and Honiara has not affected foreign investment in Solomon Islands.

Tobacco Bill to control smoking problem.

27 April 2007, 11:34 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is moving to curb growing health problems associated with smoking.

Forum team arrives to begin RAMSI review

26 April 2007, 15:59 AEST

The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat's review into RAMSI in Solomon Islands is about to get underway.

Australian adviser's body repatriated

26 April 2007, 15:57 AEST

The body of an Australian adviser working with RAMSI, who was killed at the weekend, will be flown home today.

Election Commissioner says poll will be fair

26 April 2007, 15:54 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner says the country's general election in June will be fair and trouble free.

Pacific political party in the pipeline

26 April 2007, 15:54 AEST

In New Zealand, moves are being made to set up a political party with substantial support from the Pacific Island community.

Tourism industry in crisis

26 April 2007, 10:17 AEST

The tourism industry in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas is in crisis due to a reduction in flights from Japan to Saipan.

Pacific Islanders doing well economically

26 April 2007, 10:17 AEST

Pacific Islanders in New Zealand are catching up with other groups in the country in terms of employment and wages, according to the latest statistics.

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