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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

Typhoon Kong Rey strengthens

2 April 2007, 17:49 AEST

Guam, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are also experiencing hostile weather patterns.

Official assessment of tsunami damage

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

Officials in Solomon Islands are trying to assess the damage caused by a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's Western Province on Monday.

74 per cent voter turnout

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

In Wallis and Fatuna, 74 percent of registered voters went to the polls at the weekend to elect a new 20 member Assembly.

Witness reports of damage

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

Meanwhile eyewitness reports from the island of Gizo in Solomon Islands tell of buildings destroyed by the eathquake, which continued after the tidal wave, and the washing away of low lying villages by the wave.

Research can unfairly exploit local knowledge

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

A new book about the way scientific research is conducted in the Pacific says local communities want more control over the process.

On weather alert

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

Guam, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are also experiencing hostile weather patterns.

Tsunami impact felt on east coast

2 April 2007, 16:28 AEST

Tsunami warnings were also issued for the Queensland coast and coastal New South Wales.

Roadblocks come down on Saturday

2 April 2007, 12:46 AEST

Fiji's military will withdraw its presence on the streets from Saturday.

Attempt to gather Melanesian opposition to coup

2 April 2007, 12:46 AEST

The leader of a Fijian Nationalist political party intends to travel to several Melanesian countries in an attempt to drum up regional opposition to the military coup.

National Court prevents the release of Moti inquiry details

2 April 2007, 11:10 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Court has stopped the PNG Defence Minister from releasing details about an investigation into the escape of wanted Australian lawyer Julian Moti from PNG.

Transparency International highlights corruption

30 March 2007, 15:47 AEST

The Transparency International Pacific Regional Conference in Honiara this week has highlighted the progress and challenges in the fight against corruption.

Constitution change ahead

30 March 2007, 15:47 AEST

Later this year the Pacific nation of Nauru will decide what changes it will make to its constitution to help end years of mismangement by its government.

Roadblocks come down on Saturday

30 March 2007, 15:47 AEST

Fiji's military will withdraw its presence on the streets from Saturday.

Attempt to gather Melanesian opposition to coup

30 March 2007, 15:47 AEST

The leader of a Fijian Nationalist political party intends to travel to several Melanesian countries in an attempt to drum up regional opposition to the military coup.

Activists fear new security treaty

30 March 2007, 11:26 AEST

A security treaty between Indonesia and Australia is causing concern among West Papuan groups, who fear it could threaten their political rights.

Agriculture College up and running

30 March 2007, 11:25 AEST

Vanuatu's new Agricultural College is finally up and running with its first intake of students, three years after it was finished.

Police Association condems beating

30 March 2007, 11:25 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Royal Police Force remains divided after the alleged beating of one of PNG's Chief Police prosecutors.

Solomons gets world's first fully solar powered ATM

29 March 2007, 16:15 AEST

The world's first fully solar powered automatic teller machine has been installed in Solomon Islands, with more likely across the region.

Dame Carol Kidu receives award nomination

29 March 2007, 16:15 AEST

Papua New Guinea politician, Dame Carol Kidu has received PNG's nomination for the prestigious US Secretary of State's award for International Women of Courage.

Chairman of GCC accused of abuse of authority

29 March 2007, 12:49 AEST

In Fiji, complaints against the Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Ovini Bokini have been lodged by members of his own Tui Tavua chiefly household.

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