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.


Legal Commission wants Moti suspended

4 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

In Solomon Islands, a cloud hangs over the continued employment of Julian Moti as attorney-general.

A new era of political reform in the offing?

4 October 2006, 16:03 AEST

What may turn out to be Tonga's blueprint for political reform will soon be unveiled in the Kingdom's parliament.

Diplomatic struggle with Honiara hots up

4 October 2006, 11:28 AEST

Australia is involved in an extraordinary legal and diplomatic struggle with Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Election result due soon

4 October 2006, 11:28 AEST

Final votes of last week's snap election in Cook Islands are still being counted with the result expected to be announced soon.

Govt confirms harbouring fugitive official

3 October 2006, 16:22 AEST

The Solomons Island's government has confirmed in parliament that the country's fugitive attorney-general-designate, Julian Moti, has taken refuge in the Solomons high commission in Papua New Guinea.

Australia under pressure over lone asylum-seeker

3 October 2006, 16:22 AEST

Nauru says it hopes the imposition on Australia of heavy new visa fees for continuing to hold a lone Iraqi asylum seeker on the Pacific island, will push Canberra to quickly find a solution to his situation.

Sogavare 'provoking' diplomatic incidents

3 October 2006, 16:22 AEST

The diplomatic row between Solomon Islands and Australia has led to speculation over the motivations of the key players.

MSG steps up mediation efforts

3 October 2006, 16:22 AEST

A Melanesian delegation will visit Canberra later this week in efforts aimed at mediating in the growing diplomatic row between Australia and Solomon Islands.

Search on for missing Solomons attorney general

3 October 2006, 12:36 AEST

The newly appointed Attorney General for Solomon Islands, who was arrested last Friday in Papua New Guinea on request from Australia, is now missing in action.

Concern over rising crime

3 October 2006, 11:58 AEST

Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Shane Castles has expressed concern about the recent spate of theft and violent crimes in the eastern part of the capital, Honiara.

Solomon Islands attorney-general on the run from police

2 October 2006, 17:02 AEST

As we go to air the newly appointed Attorney General for Solomon islands is on the run from Papua New Guinea authorities after failing to appear in court this morning.

Wants an immediate solution for remaining asylum seeker

2 October 2006, 17:02 AEST

Questions continue to be asked about the last IRAQI asylum seeker being held on Nauru, the epicentre of the Australian Government's "Pacific Solution".

Opposition still hopeful about no confidence vote in PM

2 October 2006, 17:02 AEST

Solomon Islands opposition is still hoping to secure the numbers to topple the government of prime minister Manaseh Sogavare.

Job losses as Air NZ outsources to Fiji

2 October 2006, 17:02 AEST

Dozens of workers at Air New Zealand are set to lose their jobs after the airline announced 70 positions within its finance department will be outsourced to Fiji.

Call for Kokoda Trail not to be disturbed by mining

2 October 2006, 13:12 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Government has warned Australia not to interfere if mining occurs along a section of the Kokoda Trail.

Military cautions public service on prisons appointment

29 September 2006, 16:05 AEST

The ill feeling in Fiji between the government and the military has degenerated even further with the announcement by the Public Service Commission that it has shortlisted a former deputy commander for a top government job.

Aussie veterans' outrage over Kokoda plan

29 September 2006, 16:05 AEST

Proposals to mine for gold near the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea have prompted fierce criticism from the ranks of Australia's returned and retired soldiers.

Confidence vote could be week away

29 September 2006, 16:05 AEST

A show down is looming in Solomon Islands between the prime minister and his parliamentary foes.

Mining company defends Kokoda gold plan

29 September 2006, 16:05 AEST

A gold exploration project close to the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea has sparked the interest of the Australian Prime Minister who is said to be determined to scrap the project.

Chiefs want to drive land policies

29 September 2006, 11:11 AEST

The Vanuatu National Council of Chiefs want an immediate moratorium on any new leases or subdivisions of land in Vanuatu.

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