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.


Academic warns country on verge of collapse

1 June 2006, 16:12 AEST

There are warnings in PNG today that the country could be on the verge of collapse.

Hosts biggest conference ever

1 June 2006, 16:12 AEST

The largest international conference in the history of Papua New Guinea has been opened in the capital Port Moresby amid much fanfare.

Public Service split by rival groups

1 June 2006, 13:15 AEST

The formation of a new organisation to represent Tongan public servants has been described as a deliberate attempt to divide the country's civil servants.

Immgration laws cause labour shortage

1 June 2006, 9:08 AEST

American Samoa's strict new immigration laws are being blamed for a labour shortage at one of the country's tuna canneries.

Forum watching developments in East Timor

1 June 2006, 9:08 AEST

The current problems in East Timor are of concern to the Pacific Islands Forum, according to the organisation's secretary-general, Greg Urwin.

Fireworks predicted for ACP-EU summit meeting

31 May 2006, 15:12 AEST

It's crunch time in Papua New Guinea today, as ministers from a grouping of 79 developing countries set sail for what's expected to be a fiery summit with the European Union.

Generator failure causes island wide blackout

31 May 2006, 15:12 AEST

Niue is coping with another crisis after a fire in its power station cut electricity supplies to most of its 2000 inhabitants.

Supports scientific whaling

31 May 2006, 15:12 AEST

Australia has suffered a setback in its global campaign to end whaling, with Kiribati confirming it will continue to back Japan's scientific whaling program.

Balendrokadroka faces court martial

31 May 2006, 15:12 AEST

Fiji's Colonel Jone Balendrokadroka has been formally charged by the military and will face a court martial.

Australian coach gives regions rugby union thumbs-up

31 May 2006, 10:07 AEST

Former Australian Rugby union coach Eddie Jones says he is excited at the future of Pacific Island Rugby union.

Foreign Minister rethinks retirement

31 May 2006, 10:07 AEST

When we last spoke to Fiji's Foreign Minister Kaliopate Tavola he had just announced his imminent retirement from parliament and public office.

No decision on opposition leader yet

30 May 2006, 15:16 AEST

An announcement on who will be Fiji's new Leader of Opposition has not been made so far today, and is now likely to be made tomorrow.

Army and Police ready to go to East Timor

30 May 2006, 15:16 AEST

The situation in East Timor is still fluid, with mobs still reportedly looting and burning in the capital Dili.

Quarantine manipulated to protect trade markets says PM

30 May 2006, 15:16 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the African Caribbean and Pacific meeting has entered its second day on Tuesday with ministers from across the globe discussing strategies for their summit on Thursday with the European Union.

Reform commiittee to get views of overseas Tongans

30 May 2006, 9:52 AEST

Tonga's parliamentary committee on political reform is to travel overseas to get the views of the influential Tongan diaspora on possible changes to the way the country is governed.

Lopevi volcano eruptions affect south Paama island

30 May 2006, 9:52 AEST

Volcano activity in Vanuatu is continuing to cause havoc on surrounding islands, while several other volcanoes are also threatening.

Foreign Minister says Pan Pacific agreements are possible

29 May 2006, 15:33 AEST

Trade, aid and the future of the region's relationship with the European Union are all firmly on the agenda in Papua New Guinea today, as an international conference of developing nations gets underway in the capital Port Moresby.

Aid donors are not buying favour or votes

29 May 2006, 15:33 AEST

Pro and anti whaling lobbyists are hard at work trying to garner last minute support from the Pacific ahead of next weeks International Whaling Commission meeting.

NGO's welcome Truth Commission

29 May 2006, 15:33 AEST

The new grand coalition government in Solomon Islands has announced plans to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in an effort to get to the bottom of all the ethnic turmoil in the country.

Agriculture should do more to exploit major markets

29 May 2006, 10:35 AEST

Papua New Guinea's agriculture sector is gearing up for some interesting times, but there are the eternal obstacles of infrastructure, climate and currency, transport and technology standing in the way.

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