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.


Four men convicted of murder

20 April 2007, 9:49 AEST

Four men have been found guilty in one of the biggest murder trials in Solomon Islands arising from the ethnic tension.

Interim gov working on new look GCC

19 April 2007, 17:56 AEST

In Fiji, an extraordinary gazette has been released officially citing the suspension of the Great Council of Chiefs.

Economic summit forges private/public partnership

19 April 2007, 16:18 AEST

Tonga's first ever national economic summit has ended, with agreement on seven key projects needed if the country's economy is to be turned around in the next two years.

state funeral for Bougainville administrator

19 April 2007, 16:18 AEST

A state funeral will be held in Port Moresby tomorrow to honour the administrator of Papua New Guinea's Autonomous province of Bougainville.

1st anniversary of Honiara riots

19 April 2007, 15:57 AEST

Today marks the first anniversary of the riots and looting which destroyed the business district of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands.

second day of protest at Freeport mine

19 April 2007, 15:32 AEST

It's day two of protest action for thousands of Papuan workers, who have walked off the job at Indonesia's Freeport copper and gold mine.

growth threatened by oil and instablity

19 April 2007, 15:32 AEST

A United Nations report says South Pacific economic growth is being challenged by rising oil prices and political instability.

US embassy security barriers to stay

19 April 2007, 15:32 AEST

In a surprise move Fiji's interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has changed his mind and will allow the security barriers at the US embassy in Suva to remain.

Pacific labour scheme about to begin

19 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

New Zealand and Pacific officials will meet tomorrow to discuss how a scheme will work to allow Pacific islanders into New Zealand to work on a temporary basis.

Young Pacific Islanders work on reputation

18 April 2007, 15:58 AEST

Young people of Pacific Island background say too many of them have a bad reputation in Australia.

Women hopeful under new ministry.

18 April 2007, 15:58 AEST

The Solomon Islands National Council of Women is confident the status of women will get more attention with the creation of a new ministry for women.

Natural disasters cause rise in typhoid cases

18 April 2007, 14:33 AEST

Health officials in Fiji are blaming cyclone Cliff and continuing bad weather for the latest typhoid outbreak in Vanua Levu in the country's northern division.

4,600 apply for NZ temporary work scheme

18 April 2007, 14:31 AEST

More than four thousand Tongans have applied for a new seasonal work scheme in New Zealand.

PNG:3rd mining company joins rush for seabed exploration

17 April 2007, 15:53 AEST

A third company has applied for undersea mining exploration licences in Papua New Guinea confirming PNG's position as the world leader in marine mineral exploration.

Post tsunami rebuilding dilemma

17 April 2007, 15:53 AEST

The traditional lifestyle of coastal dwellers in parts Solomon Islands' tsunami devastated Western Province is now in question.

possibility EU may cut economic aid

17 April 2007, 13:02 AEST

Reports that three members of Fiji's military-backed government are travelling to Brussels for talks on human rights and standards of governance have raised the possibility that European development assistance to Fiji may be cut off.

Commander changes mind about mutiny claim

17 April 2007, 12:40 AEST

In Fiji, Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti now says he was not asked by the diplomatic representatives of the United States, Australia and United Kingdom to incite mutiny in a meeting with senior officers last November.

Crunch time for rugby coaches

17 April 2007, 11:27 AEST

Fiji national coach Ilivasi Tabua will meet today with Pacific Rugby Cup coaches in an attempt to tighten discipline.

Experts discuss improving local health systems

17 April 2007, 11:27 AEST

A health seminar in Melbourne this week will help Pacific Islanders develop better strategies for strengthening their local health systems.

US denied a meeting with Interim PM

16 April 2007, 16:50 AEST

A senior United States official has been in Fiji this week to explain Washington's position on the military coup.

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