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.


20 prisoners still at large

13 September 2006, 11:00 AEST

Papua New Guinea police are still desperately searching for 20 prisoners who escaped from the Lae police lock-up in PNG's Morobe province last week.

Demands for recall of Australian High Commissioner

12 September 2006, 17:28 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has declared the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands Patrick Cole, an unwanted person in the country and wants his immediate recall to Australia.

Australia to send special envoy

12 September 2006, 17:28 AEST

Australia is sending a special envoy to Solomon Islands to express the governments' concerns about plans to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the April 2006 riots in Honiara.

New King pressured to abandon private businesses

12 September 2006, 16:55 AEST

As the body of Tonga's late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV lies in state in Auckland, attention is already focusing on the new monarch.

Report upsets the province's activists

12 September 2006, 16:51 AEST

A recent report by the International Crisis Group or ICG has upset Papuan activists.

PNG and Solomon Islands uniting to police border

12 September 2006, 16:51 AEST

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are pushing ahead with moves to have better control on their common border between Bougainville and the Shortlands and Choiseul in Solomon Islands.

Conflict over impact of new fisheries bill on tourism

12 September 2006, 12:00 AEST

Fiji's hotel industry is warning they might be unable to offer water activities to guests if the Fisheries Bill is passed unchanged.

Parliamentary report tabled on controversial bill

11 September 2006, 16:18 AEST

A parliamentary select committee in Fiji has today made its first submission to parliament on the government's controversial Broadcast Media Bill.

King dies

11 September 2006, 16:18 AEST

Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV has died, bringing to an end a reign of 41 years.

Nation begins its mourning

11 September 2006, 16:18 AEST

As Tonga begins its mourning period, the country's Prime Minister, Dr Fred Sevele, says people will eventually start to think about the reign of the new King, the former Crown Prince, Tupouto'a.

Commissioner wants Security Council

11 September 2006, 11:12 AEST

Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner, Lieutenant Colonel Patu Lui strongly supports the idea of forming a National Security Council.

Pacific Islanders standard of living improving

11 September 2006, 11:12 AEST

New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development says the standard of living of the nation's Pacific Islanders is continuing to improve.

Attorney General's inquiry challenge rejected

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

The Solomon Islands High Court has thrown out a challenge by the Attorney General to quash two terms of reference of a Commission of Inquiry set up by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

PM assures investors of political stability

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister is assuring potential overseas investors that the country's political instability is now a thing of the past.

Annual talks call for relaxation of travel requirements

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

The contentious issue of travel permits was at the top of the agenda at the recent annual talks between the leaders of the Samoa and American Samoan governments.

Business performance of Fiji and Samoa drops

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

The release of an annual international business survey is heralding bad news for the Pacific.

The Prime Minister visits Australia

7 September 2006, 15:58 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase is in Canberra on his first official visit to Australia since winning the general election in May.

Expatriate doctors urged to return home

7 September 2006, 15:58 AEST

Papua New Guinean doctors and other medical professionals now working overseas have been challenged to return home and contribute to health care in the country.

Taiwan-Pacific meeting described as very successful

7 September 2006, 15:58 AEST

The inaugural Taiwan-Pacific Summit held in Palau has ended with a signed declaration under which Taiwan and her six allies in the Pacific will work together on various areas of common interest.

Problems with electronic votes

7 September 2006, 10:58 AEST

The Guam Election Commission had major problems with electronic votes cast in at least one precinct during the primary elections in Guam last Saturday.

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