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.


Proposed Bills causes a stir in opposition ranks

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

Two controversial pieces of legislation in Fiji have caused an even deeper rift between the Leader of the Labour Party and the Prime Minister.

NGO denies hiv/aids patients deprived of vital drug treatment

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

Last night the ABC's Four Corners program broadcast a comprehensive look at the problem of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.

Military investigated over shooting of Indonesians

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the defence force is under investigation for its role in the fatal shooting of an Indonesian fisherman.

Ambassadors to be appointed for Middle East and other nations

15 August 2006, 10:27 AEST

The Fiji government is in the process of appointing several ambassadors including one for the Middle East.

Opposition wants amendments to Commission of Inquiry

15 August 2006, 10:27 AEST

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader Fred Fono says he will push for amendments to the Commission of Inquiry into the Chinatown riots.

Government's migration bill withdrawn

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

In Canberra this afternoon the Government has been making key decisions about the fate of its migration bill.

Opposition says offshore detention is immoral

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

And the Australian government's withdrawal of a proposed tough new immigration law probably means detention centres in the Pacific may be left empty, according to the opposition.

World Bank supports guest worker scheme

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

The World Bank has added its weight to calls for Australia to allow in unskilled workers from the Pacific Islands to pick fruit and do other seasonal work.

Migration bill will not affect Nauru's detention centre

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

If the migration amendment bill had passed through the senate, it probably would have had its greatest impact on Nauru's offshore processing centre.

Politicians face drug tests under new legislation

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

In Palau, a new law has been passed which would see all political leaders and law-enforcement officials undergo tests for the use of illegal drugs.

Rice processors reject opposition 'dependency' claims

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

How much rice should a Pacific country buy from overseas before it becomes too dependent on imports? That's an issue which is being discussed in Papua New Guinea, following claims by Opposition Leader Peter O'Neill that rice imports are worth one billion kina a year, around half a million Australian dollars.

Governments urged to improve services for the disabled

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

The region's peak representative body, the Pacific Islands Forum, wants to develop a more coordinated approach to address the needs of disabled people in the Pacific.

Police step up security for Queens Representative

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

The Cook Islands government is playing down an increase in security for the Queen's Representative.

Woman mourns brother killed in Iraq bomb attack

11 August 2006, 14:42 AEST

The sister of a Cook Islands man killed in Iraq says he went there to make money to provide for his family.

Governor wants Hawaiian Airlines expelled

11 August 2006, 11:28 AEST

The issue of whether Hawaiian Airlines should continue to service American Samoa is continuing to generate much debate in the US territory.

Luganville ethnic stand-off brought under control

11 August 2006, 11:28 AEST

The volatile situation in Vanuatu's northern Luganville Town, on Santo Island, is returning to normal after several days of ethnic tensions.

MSG set to sign up to first constitution

11 August 2006, 11:28 AEST

Melanesia's regional representative body, the Melanesian Spearhead Group, is set to gain its own constitution, 20 years after the grouping was established.

Concerns about marijuana use in farming communities

10 August 2006, 14:25 AEST

Fiji's Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has used Youth week to warn of the dangers of cultivating and using marijuana.

Decision on dry-dock deferred again

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

In Marshall Islands, the local Environmental Protection Agency has deferred its decision on whether to give the go-ahead to a US$ 18 million floating dry-dock.

Border police shoot dead Indonesian fisherman

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

An Indonesian fisherman has been killed and two injured after they were fired upon by PNG troops guarding the border between the two countries.

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