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.


Russians claim nuke bombers overflew Guam

10 August 2007, 14:41 AEST

Russia is claiming two of it's nuclear bombers overflew the US territory of Guam earlier this week, forcing US fighter jets to scramble to intercept them.

Speaker stands his ground

10 August 2007, 14:41 AEST

The Solomon Islands Speaker of the House Sir Peter Kenilorea declined an invitation from the government to stand aside while the vote of no confidence was debated today.

PACIFIC:Private sector ideas go to Pacific Forum leaders

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

The Pacific Islands Business Forum has come up with a comprehensive program to put to Pacific Island leaders at their summit in Tonga in October.

Nurses take military government to court

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

Fiji's Nursing Association members have decided to end their two week long strong and return to work on Saturday.

Papua:A foreign policy shame for Australia.

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

Australia's attitude to West Papua is one its three foreign policy shames according to a senior member of the Opposition Labor Party.

Downer warns of corrupt leaders in Pacific

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has outlined the country's attitude and future committments to the Pacific in a keynote address in Canberra.

Legal challenge to PM Somare

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's qualification to lead his National Alliance Party in forming a new government is being challenged in court.

PM case a pretext to avoid vote

9 August 2007, 16:25 AEST

There are claims that legal action being taken in Solomon Islands by the Prime Minister is an attempt to stop a motion of no confidence from being heard in parliament.

Government defends sacking of top unionist

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

The Tongan government has defended the sacking of the general secretary of the country's Public Service Association, Mele Amanaki.

New board looks at salvaging Solomon Airlines

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

The new board of Solomon Islands' flag carrier, Solomon Airlines is looking at ways to try to salvage the troubled airline.

Silent vigil against child abuse

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

Anti-violence campaigners in New Zealand say they're encouraged by the support they received today for a nationwide silent vigil against child abuse.

PM defends Moti with 666 questions

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has tabled in parliament a detailed defence of his attorney general Julian Moti in the form of a questionnaire containing 666 questions for the Australian Director of Public Prosecutions, Damian Bugg.

Violence breaks out in western highlands

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

Violence has erupted in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands with locals exchanging gunfire with security forces who tried to remove a roadblock on the PNG highlands highway.

Military government ramps up pressure on nurses strike

8 August 2007, 15:46 AEST

Fiji's interim government has stopped the payment of salaries to striking nurses to try to force them to return to work.

Public Service strike collapses

7 August 2007, 17:29 AEST

Fiji's public service strike has collapsed, with the Public Employees Union and the Viti National Union of Taukei Workers calling off their industrial action.

Julius Chan says time for new leader and govt

7 August 2007, 15:56 AEST

Papua New Guinea is nearing the end of a lengthy election process that has spanned nearly six weeks.

Opposition to Dubai bid for airport

7 August 2007, 15:54 AEST

Opposition is mounting in New Zealand to the proposed sale of the Auckland Airport to the Dubai Aerospace company.

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.

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