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.

Stories

OPM welcomes refugee decision by Australian Court

1 August 2006, 15:35 AEST

The Free Papua Movement, the OPM, has welcomed the decision of Australia's Refugee Review Tribunal to overturn an Immigration Department decision not to grant a protection visa to the last of the 43 Papuans who arrived in Australia by boat in January.

Rugby board pleased with standard of compeition

1 August 2006, 10:58 AEST

The Head of the Board of International Rugby Services says he's pleased with the standard of competition in the Region.

Government keen to pursue federation

1 August 2006, 10:58 AEST

A long-running debate is continuing in Solomon Islands about whether to become a federation of states.

Rate of HIV/AIDS on the rise

1 August 2006, 10:58 AEST

Solomon Islands health authorities are yet to release figures confirming several more cases of HIV in the country.

Call for public service pay cuts

1 August 2006, 10:58 AEST

A storm has broken out in Fiji over a call for public servants to have their pay cut.

Outer islands host spectacular feast

31 July 2006, 15:30 AEST

The northern district Cook Island Games have opened on remote Manahiki.

Forum plays down threat to leaders summit

31 July 2006, 15:30 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum is playing down an implied threat to disrupt the next forum leaders meeting in Tonga.

Election chaos predicted for 2007

31 July 2006, 10:27 AEST

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader has warned the 2007 general election will be chaotic, in part due to the electorate's poor understanding of the country's new limited preferential voting system.

MP's pay increase justified

31 July 2006, 10:27 AEST

The Solomon Islands Parliamentary Entitlements Commission says the big pay increases it has awarded to the national politicians were justified.

Steamships strong performance linked to economy growth

31 July 2006, 10:27 AEST

It has been a bumper year for Papua New Guinea's premier trading company Steamships, with its shares reaching a record 7-Australian-dollars-44, on a very small volume of share traded.

Indonesian court sentences mine protestors

28 July 2006, 14:59 AEST

A court in the Indonesian Province of Papua has sentenced ten people over their roles in violent protests against the giant US-run Freeport gold mine.

Pro-democracy movement warns protests could turn violent

28 July 2006, 14:59 AEST

The Pacific islands Forum leaders meeting in Tonga later this year could be affected by violent political protests.

Deputy PM wants legal action against the opposition

28 July 2006, 14:59 AEST

Politics in the Cook Islands looks set to take place in the courts, with both sides threatening legal action against their opponents.

Calls for amalgamation of emergency services

28 July 2006, 14:59 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, some provincial administrators are calling for the country's three emergency services to be brought under one national umbrella.

Netball team draws in second test against South Africa

28 July 2006, 12:14 AEST

Fiji has played their second game in a three test series at the Suva Dome with a 47-all draw with the world's number five national netball side, South Africa, in their second of three test series at the Suva Dome.

Hollywood on Aitutaki

28 July 2006, 12:14 AEST

Hollywood TV producers have discovered a piece of Pacific paradise in the Cook Islands.

New fisheries partnership signed with EU

28 July 2006, 12:14 AEST

Kiribati has signed an agreement with the European Union aimed at ensuring sustainable fishing of Pacific tuna.

Government set to scrap privatisation program

28 July 2006, 12:14 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government has confirmed it will abandon the ambitious program to privatise government-owned utilities, which was put in place by former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta.

Human rites versus human rights

27 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

This week, magistrates and judges from across the region are gathered in Fiji to discuss human rights laws and standards.

Prime minister assures Ramsi of government support

27 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

The Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has sought to end the controversy surrounding the continued mandate of the regional assistance mission, Ramsi.

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