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

Bloodless military coup creates constitutional uncertainty.

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Fiji's military takeover yesterday afternoon was bloodless, and is the island nation's fourth coup in 20 years.

Big public sector pay rises in national budget.

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

One of the main features of the Vanuatu national budget being debated by parliament is the provision for public service pay increases.

Athletics meet shifted due to political instability

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Organisers of an international athletics meet say it will be staged in Fiji despite the Pacific island nation's political instability.

EU poised to stop all aid

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Like Australia and New Zealand, the European Union is threatening to stop all financial aid to Fiji in the event of a coup.

NZ won't participate in military intevention

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Reaction to the events in Fiji has been strong.

Australia warns of coup consequences

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Australia has turned down a plea from Fiji's beleaguered Prime Minister for a military intervention to oppose Fiji's military coup.

Military make their move

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Fiji is now effectively in the grip of a coup, with the president approving the dissolution of parliament.

Former US President urges HIV/Aids tests

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Former United States President Bill Clinton has urged Papua New Guineans to get tested for HIV/Aids to know their status.

Standoff between military and government comes to head

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

In Fiji the standoff between the military and government came to a head on Monday.

Australia's Foreign Minister says military not in control

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer says there's a standoff between Fiji's military and the Qarase Government.

Constitutional lawyer says Fijians resigned to inevitable

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

What then is the reaction of Fijians to the action in the streets of Suva? Jon Apted is a Suva lawyer, who in 1997 was involved in drafting the country's constitution.

International athletics event will still proceed

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

Organisers of an international athletics meet say it will be staged in Fiji despite the Pacific island's political instability.

Military rain on police trainees parade

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

The final dress rehearsal for Tuesday's police trainees graduation ceremony in Fiji was watched on by heavily armed military.

Political impasse between PNG and Australia easing

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

The recent political impasse between Papua New Guinea and Australia over the Julian Moti affair appears to be easing with Australia's decision to allow PNG to hold it's annual Petroleum and Mining conference in Sydney.

Woman heads US Army Recruitment in Pacific

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

A woman from American Samoa is now at the helm of the US Army Recruiting Station in the Pacific area.

Pacific Island Forum eager for diplomatic solution

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

Despite the threat of a coup still hanging over the head of Fiji, at this stage the Pacific Island Forum is hoping a diplomatic solution can be found.

International Day of People with a Disability

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

Sunday was International Day of People with a Disability.

Misuse of a multi-million dollar bank loan from Taiwan

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

About 90 per cent of a 25 million US dollar loan to the Solomon Islands government from a Taiwanese bank has been misused by local recipients.

Military extends deadline for government

1 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says Fiji's military has extended its deadline to midday Monday for the government to meet its demands or face a military coup.

Commissioner's family threatened

1 December 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Australian Andrew Hughes has confirmed today that it was death threats made against his family that forced him to flee Fiji.

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