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.


Strike continues

27 October 2006, 15:50 AEST

There's been no breakthrough in the protracted strike in New Caledonia with the government and union failing to reach common ground.

Ombudsman Commission trying to find answers

27 October 2006, 11:22 AEST

The Julian Moti Affair is continuing to create political havoc between Australia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands with much mud slinging among the three neighbours.

PM returns home

27 October 2006, 11:22 AEST

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare returned home on Thursday from Fiji feeling pretty pleased the Forum leaders agreed to his wishes to mount an inquriy into RAMSI's operations.

People using water from drains, claims Mayor

27 October 2006, 11:22 AEST

There are claims that some residents of the Fiji capital, Suva, are using water from drains, as problems with the water distribution system continue.

Report predicts labour shortage

27 October 2006, 11:22 AEST

A labour shortage in Guam has been predicted by a new report.

RAMSI withdrawal won't affect security

26 October 2006, 16:25 AEST

And as the diplomatic stand off between Solomon Islands and Australia continues, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has said, the removal of Australian police from his country wouldn't have any impact on security.

Honiara restless

26 October 2006, 16:25 AEST

Australia may feel confident that it's won the latest stoush with the Solomon Islands over the future of RAMSI, the regional assistance mission, but on the ground, the capital Honiara remains a deeply unsettled place.

Forum tells China and Taiwan - be nice

26 October 2006, 16:13 AEST

Some Pacific Island leaders in Fiji are now busy with post forum dialogue.

Academic studies development programs

26 October 2006, 16:13 AEST

Are the models for economic integration on the Pacific really working or are they destined to fail? That's the question examined by an adjunct scholar at Australia's Centre for Independent Studies.

Sir Allan faces four charges

26 October 2006, 16:13 AEST

Former Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza has been charged with burglary, intimidation, larceny and demanding money with menace.

Concerns about possible military attack

26 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

As uncertainty remains over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Guam's Governor has voiced concerns the US territory may become a possible target for attack.

PM discusses security concerns

26 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, has not only being dealing with Pacific tensions at the Pacific Islands Forum.

King petitioned to sack PM

26 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

A petition asking Tonga's King to dismiss the country's prime minister is to be presented later this week.

Former PM expected to appear in court

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

The political intrigue continues in the Solomon Islands with former Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza having being questioned by police.

Australia challenged to pull aid

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

Papua New Guinea's most outspoken politician has challenged Australia to pull it's three hundred million dollars worth of aid to PNG describing it as peanuts compared to what Australia gets out of PNG.

Government approves seasonal work scheme

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

The New Zealand Government has approved a seasonal work scheme policy for Pacific Island nations.

Greg Urwin reappointed head of secretariat

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

Retired Australian diplomat Greg Urwin has been re-appointed for another three year term as head of the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat.

Suva's water should be back by Wednesday night

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

A water shortage in Fiji's capital, Suva, should be fixed by later this evening, according to the Public Works Department.

Tropical Cyclone Xavier being monitored

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

The remote Temotu Province in eastern Solomon Islands is now trying to assess damage caused by Cyclone Xavier which affected parts of the province in the last few days.

Solicitor-General accuses PM of bullying

25 October 2006, 15:48 AEST

The Solomon Islands solicitor-general, Nathan Moshinsky, has returned to Australia.

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