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

PM to sign big aid deal with US MCC

2 March 2006, 8:27 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Ham Lini, will sign an agreement on Thursday that will see almost 66 million US dollars put into rural roads, wharves and airstrips over the next five years.

Allegations top cop involved in crime syndicate

1 March 2006, 15:28 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, an internal police investigation has cracked a human smuggling syndicate involving 66 police officers.

Australian champion of labour mobility to lose seat

1 March 2006, 15:28 AEST

The Pacific affairs spokesman for Australia's opposition Labor Party, Bob Sercombe, says his views on regional integration had nothing to do with his losing endorsement for his parliamentary seat.

Government repays debt for Italian job

1 March 2006, 11:21 AEST

The Cook Islands government has reached an agreement with an Italian government company, which will see early repayment of a large loan.

Dire predictions as king tides hit Tuvalu, Fiji

1 March 2006, 11:21 AEST

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has made some very dire predictions, as king tides hit Tuvalu on Wednesday, while Fiji experienced its highest and lowest tides in 26 years.

Boyers campaigns hard on tax reform

1 March 2006, 11:21 AEST

Solomon Islands Caretaker Finance Minister Peter Boyers is continuing to his campaign to sell his planned tax reform package to the electorate, ahead of the April 5 election.

Landowners to push for more say on land use

1 March 2006, 11:21 AEST

More than 200 tribal leaders, or Turaga ni Vanua, from across Fiji and Rotuma are gathered in the country's capital Suva this week to discuss resource rights issues.

Islanders urged to choose prosperity over sport

1 March 2006, 11:21 AEST

New Zealand's large Pacific Island community is being encouraged to move into business and science, as a more reliable path to prosperity than sports and music.

Greenpeace launches 'rescue station' to protect forest

1 March 2006, 11:21 AEST

Papua New Guinea's 'Paradise Forest' is one of the world's last ancient forests - home to more than 500 species of mammals and an estimated 30,000 species of plants.

Reports suggest US Marines to move from Japan

28 February 2006, 13:15 AEST

Well, it's final - the Marines are coming to Guam.

Kundus perform well in Australian league tour

28 February 2006, 13:15 AEST

To sport, now, and in rugby league PNG's junior representative touring side - the Kundus - has drawn 18 all with a regional A side, the Makay Select, over the weekend.

Merged indigenous parties now think alike

28 February 2006, 13:15 AEST

A change of heart and mind-set has become a distinct feature of Fiji's Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua, since the party agreed to merge with Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's SDL.

Stock Exchange not just for high-flyers

28 February 2006, 13:15 AEST

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange has embarked on a campaign to convince people that investing on the stock market isn't just for high-flyers.

Government establishes overseas Tongan department

28 February 2006, 13:15 AEST

The Tongan government is establishing a new department to look after the interests of the Kingdom's large and financially influential diaspora.

Students continue campaign to close Freeport mine

27 February 2006, 15:57 AEST

Papuan students and pro-independence supporters are today staging a public rally in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, to protest against the operations of American gold mining company Freeport.

Gubernatorial backdown allows allows Games to proceed

27 February 2006, 15:57 AEST

The cash-strapped government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has reversed its decision not to host Micronesia's premier sporting event.

Re-captured Fijian security guard to be deported

27 February 2006, 15:57 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the Fiji national who escaped from custody in Honiara a fortnight ago has been recaptured.

Government dismisses 'silly' PNG tariff threat

27 February 2006, 11:30 AEST

The ongoing trade war between Fiji and Papua New Guinea is continuing this week, with Fiji saying PNG knows exactly why it has placed import bans on its corned beef.

Main parties gearing up to fight election

27 February 2006, 11:30 AEST

Both main political parties in Fiji say they're ready to fight an election at any time.

Anecdotal evidence points to prostitution increase

27 February 2006, 11:30 AEST

While there may not be too many statistics to prove it, anecdotal evidence is suggesting prostitution is on the rise in Vanuatu.

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