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

Academic predicts formation of political parties

7 August 2007, 15:53 AEST

The news that Tonga may be about to significantly increase the number of popularly-elected members of parliament has been welcomed by an expert in the country's political system.

20 nurses detained by police

7 August 2007, 15:51 AEST

In Fiji, police have detained 20 nurses including the president of the Fijian Nursing Assocation Kuini Lutua for protesting outside the Cabinet offices in Suva.

Bartlett lashes out at AFP

7 August 2007, 15:50 AEST

A former spokesman for the Solomon Islands militant group, the Malaita Eagle Force, who has been acquitted of conspiracy says the charges against him were absurd.

Sato Kilman to stay EPG Chairman

7 August 2007, 15:49 AEST

Vanuatu politician Sato Kilman will stay on as the Chairman of the Pacific Island Forum's Fiji Eminent Persons Group despite being implicted in a million dollar fraud involving his country's national bank.

PSA official sacked, claims intimidation

7 August 2007, 15:48 AEST

The general secretary of Tonga's Public Service Association says she's lost her job because of her activities on behalf of the union.

Student killed in Vanuatu

7 August 2007, 15:48 AEST

A young Solomon Islands student has died in Vanuatu after being injured in a fight at a nightclub in Port Vila.

Let Bainimarama attend Forum.

7 August 2007, 11:14 AEST

Fiji's deposed opposition leader Mick Beddoes is urging Australia, New Zealand and other regional leaders to allow the country's interim Prime Minister to attend the forthcoming Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tonga.

New political party to be based in two countries

7 August 2007, 11:13 AEST

A new Tongan political party is to be officially launched in the Kingdom next week.

PM to be challenged by no-confidence vote

6 August 2007, 16:09 AEST

The national parliament of Solomon Islands will reconvene tomorrow when the leadership of Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare will again be challenged by a vote of no confidence.

Somare invited to form government

6 August 2007, 16:09 AEST

Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner Andrew Trawen has finally declared the results of the 2007 general election.

Tight security for parliamentary sitting

6 August 2007, 16:09 AEST

Security will be tight in Honiara when the Solomon Islands parliament begins sitting tomorrow.

Recommendations for greater democracy

6 August 2007, 13:10 AEST

Tonga could be about to change its political system to give ordinary voters much more power.

Downer says Bainimarama not welcome at Forum

6 August 2007, 10:53 AEST

Australia 's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will not be welcome at the forthcoming Pacific Islands Forum and he hopes he stays away.

Writs expected to be returned today

6 August 2007, 10:53 AEST

PNG's Govenor General will have the country's election results on his desk by later today.

New Australian technical college opens

3 August 2007, 15:54 AEST

The new Australian Pacific Technical College has began its first classes in Vanuatu.

PM accused of being Moti puppet

3 August 2007, 15:53 AEST

The Executive Officer of Transparency Solomon Islands has described Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare as a puppet of Attorney General Julian Moti.

Kele'a editor defends 'Anti-christ' article

3 August 2007, 15:51 AEST

A Tongan newspaper editor is defending his publication against government accusations of printing seditious articles.

Minister welcomes signs strike is crumbling

3 August 2007, 15:50 AEST

A Fiji cabinet minister has welcomed signs that a nationwide public service strike may be crumbling.

Somare still ahead as final election results near

3 August 2007, 15:49 AEST

With almost all the results from the Papua New Guinea election now announced, Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's National Alliance Party is claiming the support of more than enough MP's to be able to form a government.

Union head insists strike is not crumbling

3 August 2007, 15:49 AEST

The secretary-general of the Fiji Islands Conferation of Trade Unions, Attar Singh, denies that the nationwide strike is in trouble.

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