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

Governor wants asylum centre to remain open

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the governor of Manus Province which hosts one of the temporary asylum processing centres in the region has spoken out against plans to shut down the facility.

FEMM set takes for next years meeting

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

Solomon Islanders have been given cause to feel more hopeful about their future following positive feedback from participants at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting.

All Black fury at Italian 'culture-vultures'

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

Australia's rugby team the Wallabies flew to Christchurch today for the opening match of the tri-nations rugby series and a Bledisloe Cup match against their arch rivals and the world's number-one-ranked team, the All Blacks.

Pro-democracy campaigners pipe down for king's birthday

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

In Tonga, thousands of people gathered this morning at the Royal Palace oval for the official military parade to mark the 88th birthday of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

FEMM likely to pass sobering judgements

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Ministers from across the region began gathering in Honiara yesterday for informal talks ahead of the main Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting.

Economic ministers' meeting kicks off

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

The Pacific Forum Economic Ministers meeting kicked off in the Solomons capital Honiara today.

Chaudhry may take action against party rebels

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Fiji's Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says he'll look at taking disciplinary action against party MPs who have been critical of his leadership.

Former Australian minister warns of Papua border problems

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

A former Australian Labor Party leader and foreign minister, Bill Hayden, says Indonesia could subject Australia to extreme military pressure by mounting hit-and-run raids into Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister backs regional customs service

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

In his official opening address to the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting, the prime minister of Solomon Islands, Manassah Sogavare, threw his full support behind a proposal to pool resources through the suggested creation of a single regional customs service to replace the fourteen customs services in the island states.

Minister denies links to Kabui hitmen

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

The scandal over an alleged plot to assassinate the Bougainville president, Joseph Kabui, is deepening with allegations of high-level government involvement.

Australian treasurer talks up economic meeting

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Australia's Treasurer, Peter Costello, says the annual Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting is hugely important in promoting sound financial management in the Pacific Islands.

Prediction of more violent protests

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Birthday celebrations for the King of Tonga today could be marred by political protests.

Taiwan says 'no strings attached' to new financial aid

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Taiwan has just announced it will provide US$4 million in grants to fund community projects in Palau.

No Labour representation in the Senate

3 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

Internal bickering within the Fiji Labour Party has begun to affect the working of government.

Minister warns of dangers of opening door to more Pacific workers

3 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

Pacific Island countries are keeping the heat on New Zealand and Australia to accept more unskilled workers for seasonal jobs like fruit-picking.

Tongan anti-monarchist attacks king's residence

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

Pro-democracy tensions are rising in the tiny Pacific island kingdom of Tonga ahead of this week's celebrations for their king's 88th birthday.

Labour MP denies attempt to replace Chaudhry

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

The internal turmoil within the Fiji Labour Party has been blamed on the leadership style of the leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Goldridge mine ceremony

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

In Solomon Islands on Friday a significant ceremony took place between the landowners and administrators of the troubled Goldridge mine.

ADB vice president outlines plans for more effective aid

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

Over the past decade, development across the Pacific has been a mixed picture.

Minister proposes Islamic laws to deal with criminals

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a senior government minister has proposed introducing strict Islamic-type laws to control serious crime in the country.

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