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

Tensions originate from 2000 crisis

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

For the fourth time in 20 years, Fiji is on coup watch.

Former Chief Justice to chair Solomons inquiry

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's former Chief Justice, Sir Arnold Amet has welcomed his appointment to head a Commission of Inquiry into the April Honiara riots in Solomon Islands.

PM threatens to reject Australian aid

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

The relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea has further deteriorated with PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare threatening to forgo the 300 million dollar aid package PNG receives from Australia.

Ocean environmentalists urge NZ action

3 November 2006, 11:50 AEDT

An international environmental coalition is appealing directly to the New Zealand Prime Minister to stop its nation's bottom trawling boats fishing in international waters.

Australia told focus on aid instead of criticising

3 November 2006, 11:50 AEDT

There are calls for Australia to focus more on providing crucial services through its aid program instead of criticising governance in Papua New Guinea.

PM doesn't believe there'll be a coup

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says the situation in his country is now calm and he says he does not believe a threatened military coup will take place.

Military says crisis will be resolved peacefully

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

Fiji's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the armed forces' increasingly tense standoff with the government won't lead to a coup.

Relations deteriorate between police and military

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

With the Fiji Government refusing to bow down to military demands that it resigns, relations have also worsened between the police and the army.

Striking factions happy to talk again on Friday

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

In French Polynesia, talks between government and unions resumed on Monday with a promise of more to follow on Friday Tahiti time.

Striking teachers return to work

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

Striking school teachers throughout Solomon Islands have returned to work after the government referred the dispute to the Trade Disputes Panel.

Military still wants PM to resign

2 November 2006, 12:41 AEDT

Fiji's military remains on a collision course with the government of Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase.

PM says he and his government won't resign

2 November 2006, 12:41 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister says the police have launched an investigation into alleged attempts by the military to have the government dismissed.

Plans to omit election candidates photos criticised

2 November 2006, 12:41 AEDT

Now to Papua New Guinea, where there's a case of now you see it now you don't scenario with next year's general elections.

21 people arrested in relation to drug bust

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

And now to Vanuatu, where police have arrested 21 people for alleged involvement in the country's biggest marijuana bust.

Tensions relate to Military force being political

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

One of Fiji's leading historians, Professor Brij Lal, says Fiji is confronting the tensions involved in having a military force which claims the right to be a political force.

Calls for government to avert Fiji crisis

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

The Australian Opposition spokesman for Pacific Island Affairs, Bob Sercombe, says the Australian Government has to act to avert a crisis in Fiji.

Navy on standby to evacuate Australians

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

The Australian Navy has put ships on standby to evacuate Australian citizens from Fiji if there is a coup.

Politicians urge dialogue in resolving standoff

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

Tension between Fiji's government and military has escalated.

Police arrest man following desecration of temple

1 November 2006, 12:21 AEDT

Fiji police have a suspect in custody following the desecration of a Hindu temple in Nausori.

Plans to develop Federal constitution

1 November 2006, 12:21 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for Constitutional Reform says shelving the nation's draft Federal Constitution is not an option for the government.

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