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

Presidential attempt to replace Bainimarama fails

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

Police and military sources in Fiji confirm that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo has attempted to replace controversial military commander Voreqe Bainimarama.

Police accused of abuse of children in custody

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea police force has come under fire from international human rights lawyers who are accusing it of committing rampant abuse against children in custody.

Temaru Forum speech upsets Paris

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

There's been a backlash from France over the speech made at the Pacific Island forum by French Polynesia's President Oscar Temaru.

OPM rep meets Pacific leaders

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

A representative of the Free Papua Movement, the OPM, was able to meet several regional leaders during the recent Pacific Islands Forum.

Fight begins against avian flu

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

Palau has introduced an avian flu surveillance program.

Strike continuing

31 October 2006, 11:37 AEDT

The government of French Polynesia and unions are still not able to negotiate an end to the two week long strike.

Calls for restraint in diplomatic standoff

31 October 2006, 11:37 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for restraint by Solomon Islands and Australia in the language being used in their diplomatic standoff.

Concerns about treatment of workers

30 October 2006, 17:08 AEDT

An International Labour Organisation workshop in Port Vila has raised concerns about the Vanuatu government's violation of core ILO conventions.

Labor wants regional gun laws adopted

30 October 2006, 17:08 AEDT

Australia's opposition wants the Pacific Islands Forum to discuss a uniform approach to gun control.

Australian con man on hunger strike

30 October 2006, 17:08 AEDT

In Fiji, a hunger strike by Australian con man Peter Foster has delayed his release from hospital.

Police investigating murder of 14 year old girl

30 October 2006, 14:58 AEDT

Police in Papua New Guinea are horrified over the murder, of a 14-year old school girl, in the northern province of Madang.

Suspended Attorney General speaks

30 October 2006, 14:58 AEDT

The Julian Moti affair continues to cause controversy in the region.

Fallout from con man association continues

27 October 2006, 15:50 AEST

In Fiji, the ripple effect of convicted Australian con man Peter Foster's influence widens.

High Commissioner to Australia recalled

27 October 2006, 15:50 AEST

The strained relations between Australia and it's closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea is worsening.

Alleged corruption in some govt depts

27 October 2006, 15:50 AEST

The Solomons' Auditor General wants the government to act on his concerns about some government departments.

Strike continues

27 October 2006, 15:50 AEST

There's been no breakthrough in the protracted strike in New Caledonia with the government and union failing to reach common ground.

Ombudsman Commission trying to find answers

27 October 2006, 11:22 AEST

The Julian Moti Affair is continuing to create political havoc between Australia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands with much mud slinging among the three neighbours.

PM returns home

27 October 2006, 11:22 AEST

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare returned home on Thursday from Fiji feeling pretty pleased the Forum leaders agreed to his wishes to mount an inquriy into RAMSI's operations.

People using water from drains, claims Mayor

27 October 2006, 11:22 AEST

There are claims that some residents of the Fiji capital, Suva, are using water from drains, as problems with the water distribution system continue.

Report predicts labour shortage

27 October 2006, 11:22 AEST

A labour shortage in Guam has been predicted by a new report.

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