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.


Human Rights report concerned at 2006 election bias

27 September 2007, 16:04 AEST

The Fiji Human Rights Commission defends its report of Inquiry investigating the 2006 general elections.

Opinion survey defended

27 September 2007, 16:04 AEST

The leader of the team conducting a survey of public attitudes in Solomon Islands has defended its results from criticism from the country's Prime Minister.

Democracy movement confronts government over reform

27 September 2007, 16:04 AEST

Tonga's pro-democracy movement is preparing to hold demonstrations and engage in civil disobedience in protest at the decision to implement political reform in 2010.

Opposition wants dialogue on Ramsi.

27 September 2007, 16:04 AEST

The Solomon Islands opposition leader, Fred Fono, says the Prime Minister and the Ramsi Special Coordinator should talk to each other about difficult issues instead of going to the media.

No change in Pacific policy under National

27 September 2007, 12:04 AEST

New Zealand's opposition National Party is unlikely to drastically change the country's policy towards the Pacific is it wins next year's election, according to it's leader, John Key.

Weightlifter sent home in disgrace

27 September 2007, 12:04 AEST

Heat, humidty and dissapointments for the Pacific weightlifting's stars at the World Weightlifting Championships in Thailand has led to the banishment of one if it's brightest stars.

People want RAMSI to remain

26 September 2007, 14:57 AEST

An overwhelming majority of Solomon Islanders want the Australia-led Regional Assistance Mission to continue with its work in the country.

NGO calls for European kava restrictions to end

26 September 2007, 14:57 AEST

It's being claimed that European restrictions on Kava imports have cost Pacific exporters more than a billion US dollars.

Paris moves to end political instability

26 September 2007, 14:57 AEST

French Polynesia's political leaders have been given two weeks to comment on proposed changes to the territory's electoral system.

PNG Seabed mineral results good news for whole region

26 September 2007, 14:57 AEST

The latest drilling results from Papua New Guinea's undersea gold and copper reserves are so significant that they will be seen as a major landmark in world mining opening up a new industry that will stretch from Papua New Guinea across to Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.

Police not aware of Moti assassination claim.

25 September 2007, 16:28 AEST

Solomon Islands Police say they are NOT aware of any plot to assassinate the country's Attorney General, Julian Moti.

Sugar industry needs immediate injection of funds

25 September 2007, 16:16 AEST

Fiji's sugar industry needs an immediate injection of funds if this year's planting is to remain viable.

Europeans accused of being tuna pirates

25 September 2007, 16:15 AEST

Greenpeace has accused major European fishing nations of becoming tuna pirates in the South Pacific.

Govt to find land to relocate West Papuans

25 September 2007, 16:14 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Deputy Prime Minister Doctor Puka Temu says the PNG government will find suitable land to relocate nearly 100 West Papuans.

mysterious deaths of dozens of people

25 September 2007, 16:11 AEST

The Coalition of West Papuan people is asking the Indonesian government to investigate the mysterious deaths of scores of people in the past month.

One Laptop Per Child pilot scheme being set up

25 September 2007, 16:09 AEST

A project which aims to eventually provide every child in the Pacific islands with a laptop computer linked to the internet is launching a trial of the idea in Solomon islands.

Ramsi contributors be consulted.

24 September 2007, 16:36 AEST

The head of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has raised concerns about a proposed review of the legislation that provides the legal framework for the mission's presence in the country.

PM says RAMSI review going ahead

24 September 2007, 15:55 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Minister Mannaseh Sogavare says his government will shortly go ahead with plans to review the Regional Assistance Mission.

Commodore warns against a coup in his absence

24 September 2007, 15:55 AEST

Fiji's interim prime minister has warned against attempts to overthrow his government while he is in New York later this week.

Full US citizenship question on '08 ballot

24 September 2007, 15:51 AEST

American Samoans could be voting on whether they want full US citizenship at next year's election.

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