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.


Stock market keeps going up

25 June 2007, 15:41 AEST

It seems the closer we get to the election in PNG the stronger the performance of the Port Moresby Stock market.

MP tells NZ and Aus to lay off Fiji

25 June 2007, 15:41 AEST

Samoa's former opposition leader has called on Australia and New Zealand to soften their stance towards the military-installed interim government in Fiji.

Looks at oil palm to substitute logging

25 June 2007, 11:44 AEST

Solomon Islands is looking at oil palm as a substitute for the country's main foreign exchange earner, the logging industry.

Crackdown on leaders who fail to declare business interests

25 June 2007, 11:43 AEST

Solomon Islands' Leadership Code Commission is getting tough with leaders who fail to declare their business interests as required by law.

New police commissioner wants to rearm force

25 June 2007, 11:43 AEST

The Solomons Islands new Commissioner of Police, Jahir Khan, has put before the Sogavare Government, an 18 million dollar supplementary budget for the purchase of firearms for members of the police force.

Sacked mineworkers hungry and desperate

22 June 2007, 17:08 AEST

In Fiji, the plight of miners sacked when Emperor Mines closed its Vatukoula gold mine last year, is getting worse by the day.

Prices Board calculating fuel price hike

22 June 2007, 15:48 AEST

In Fiji there's more bad news for the business, tourism and aviation and transport sectors.

Interim attorney general addresses 'blacklist'

22 June 2007, 15:48 AEST

Fiji's interim attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, has addressed reports of a so-called blacklist of people prevented from leaving the country - and reiterated his government's commitment to holding elections by early 2009.

Concern over loggers paying rights hearings

22 June 2007, 15:47 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the Leadership Code Commission is concerned about logging companies paying provincial assembly executives for the costs of holding timber rights hearings.

Call to change Gov't because of logging.

22 June 2007, 11:00 AEST

A leading Papua New Guinea environmental campaigner says the way to sort out the country's controversial logging industry is to change the government.

candidates break integrity law

22 June 2007, 10:59 AEST

Candidates contesting Papua New Guinea's national election have been told they might face prosecution for switching party affiliations after the elections.

Business sceptical over new flat company tax rates

22 June 2007, 10:56 AEST

The President of Tonga's Chamber of Commerce is sceptical that a major change to the tax system will attract more foreign investment.

Health minister concerned about corruption

21 June 2007, 16:26 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Health minister says he's concerned about fraud and mismanagement in the health system.

New push to encourage breastfeeding

21 June 2007, 16:25 AEST

Two key United Nations agencies are pushing the benefits of breastfeeding to improve the health and survival rates of babies and young children in the Pacific and in east Asia.

Demarcation line defined by RAMSI

21 June 2007, 16:23 AEST

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has moved to further separate its functions from those of the Solomon Islands government.

Economic growth possible without more greenhouse pollution

21 June 2007, 11:10 AEST

Economic growth in developing countries does not necessarily mean more greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study of four Pacific Island states.

Police issue guidelines for anti-smacking laws

21 June 2007, 11:08 AEST

New Zealand police have issued their members guidelines on how to enforce the country's controversial new anti-smacking laws.

Five new ships for the Australian Navy

20 June 2007, 15:52 AEST

Australia has announced an eleven-billion dollar program to buy five new ships for the Australian Navy.

Push on for interim government to announce election date

20 June 2007, 15:52 AEST

Fiji's Cabinet has given an undertaking that it accepts in principle the findings of the independent Forum Fiji joint working group on the appropriate time for elections.

Foreign Minister offers to help Fiji with election in 2009

20 June 2007, 15:35 AEST

Australia says it'll help Fiji if it is serious about holding an election in 2009, but has called on Fiji's military regime to take genuine steps to return to Parliamentary democracy.

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