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.


Further recognition for JFK rescuer

4 September 2007, 13:16 AEST

There has been further recognition for the Solomon Islander who helped rescue US naval officer John F Kennedy from Japanese capture 64 years ago during the Second World War.

Qarase complains military are following him

3 September 2007, 16:32 AEST

Deposed Fiji prime minister Laisenia Qarase says plainclothes military personnel are following him and have his house under surveillance.

Somare court challenge into board inquiry starts

3 September 2007, 16:31 AEST

In PNG, a court case by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare challenging the process and composition of a Defence Board of Inquiry into the Julian Moti affair started in Port Morsby today.

RAMSI defends armed officers

3 September 2007, 16:30 AEST

The special coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says some communities in the country feel reassured and secure by the presence of armed RAMSI officers.

Human Rights Commission denied entry to Nauru centre

3 September 2007, 16:29 AEST

The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has been refused entry to inspect Australia's immigration detention centre on Nauru.

Tong Sang ousted in no-confidence vote

3 September 2007, 13:46 AEST

French Polynesia's President, Gaston Tong Sang, has been ousted in a vote of no-cofidence.

Lack of political support for seasonal workers

3 September 2007, 13:43 AEST

In the lead up to this year's Australian federal election, it seems neither party wants to commit to a policy of allowing in seasonal guest workers from the Pacific.

Pacific countries discuss coastal environments

3 September 2007, 13:41 AEST

A forum on the Sustainable Development of Pacific Coastal Resources is underway in Townsville.

NZ companies seek military contracts

3 September 2007, 13:39 AEST

New Zealand businesses are positioning for opportunities in Guam following the announcement of a US military build up on the island.

Survey reflects positive attitudes towards Pacific

31 August 2007, 14:50 AEST

Two issues close to the hearts of Pacific people top the list of concerns for the Australian population according to a new survey.

Patients evacuated after Tarvurvur eruption

31 August 2007, 14:50 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, around 50 patients have been evactuated from Nonga Hospital in Rabaul.

President to face no confidence vote

31 August 2007, 14:50 AEST

In French Polynesia, President Gaston Tong Sang will have to fight for his political future when he faces a vote of no confidence tomorrow.

Anti-corruption watchdog warns new caninet ministers

31 August 2007, 12:58 AEST

An anti-corruption group, Transparency International PNG, has warned Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's new cabinet ministers to practice good governance.

Samoa backs RAMSI mission

30 August 2007, 16:58 AEST

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, says stability in the pacific region depends on the continuing presence of the regional assistance mission to Solomon Islands.

Call for Australia to ban illegal timber imports

30 August 2007, 16:58 AEST

The Australian Conservation Foundation has renewed its call for Australia to ban imports of illegally logged timber from the Asia Pacific region.

Dumped election ballots raise questions

30 August 2007, 16:58 AEST

The legitimacy of Papua New Guinea's elections is again being questioned.

Ramsi boss dismisses Sogavare claims

30 August 2007, 16:58 AEST

The head of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has dismissed claims by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare about the presence of illegal guns in the country.

Rabuka says more coups likely

30 August 2007, 13:04 AEST

Former Fiji prime minister and coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka says the December 5th coup may not be Fiji's last.

PACIFIC:Trade Officials deeply concerned about European offer

29 August 2007, 16:05 AEST

Pacific Trade officials are deeply concerned about a draft text submitted to them by Europe for the much-anticipated Economic Partnership Agreement.

Doubts about stories of live burial of HIV affected people

29 August 2007, 16:05 AEST

The National Aids Council of Papua New Guinea says it doubts reports that people with HIV/AIDS are being buried alive in the country's southern highlands.

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