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.


Forum hopes to lock Japanese aid into Pacific Plan

16 February 2006, 16:17 AEST

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Greg Urwin is in Japan to discuss the future of Tokyo's aid program to the Pacific.

Forum members prepare for Japan aid meeting

16 February 2006, 16:17 AEST

Pacific island countries are today gearing up for a meeting between the regional heads of government and the prime minister of Japan, to discuss the future of Japanese aid.

Concerns over tough quality control for imported kava

16 February 2006, 8:08 AEST

Fiji's ongoing concerns over quality control of kava imported from neighbouring countries have prompted it to send a technical team to visit Vanuatu.

Political fallout from failed deportation attempt

16 February 2006, 8:08 AEST

The unsuccessful attempt by a Vanuatu minister to deport a Papuan independence activist now appears likely to have some domestic repercussions.

Military takeover 'figment of media's imagination'

15 February 2006, 15:40 AEST

In Fiji, a spokesman for the military is now denying that Commander Voreqe Bainimarama had threatened to take over the government if it pushed ahead with what he has described as "racist policies".

ANZ gives government a glowing report-card

15 February 2006, 15:13 AEST

The ANZ Bank says the Papua New Guinea government, and Treasurer Bart Philemon in particular, have done a remarkable job in establishing macro-economic stability in PNG.

Uncertain future for Micronesian Games

15 February 2006, 15:13 AEST

There are serious doubts today over the future of Micronesia's premier sporting event, after the Northern Marianas pulled out of plans to host the 2006 Micronesian Games.

High turnout expected for Nukunonu poll

15 February 2006, 15:13 AEST

The referendum on self determination for Tokelau moved to the tiny Pacific territory's second atoll of Nukunonu on Wednesday.

New land-lease proposal sparks community concern

15 February 2006, 8:37 AEST

A controversial proposal to change land lease laws in Palau to favour foreign investors is stirring up emotions in the community.

Military to sue government over pay deductions

15 February 2006, 8:10 AEST

In Fiji, the dispute between the Ministry of Finance and the country's military chief has taken another turn.

Positive reaction to new PM from diaspora

15 February 2006, 7:55 AEST

The appointment of Tonga's first commoner Prime Minister in a hundred years has been welcomed by overseas-based Tongans.

Cyclone Vaianu no longer a threat

14 February 2006, 15:28 AEST

Tropical Cyclone Vaianu, which has been bringing strong weather conditions to parts of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, is now listed as Category 1, with winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour.

High voter turn-out for independence referendum

14 February 2006, 15:00 AEST

Tokelau seems on the way to recording an impressively high voter turnout for its referendum on self-government.

Anger over cancellation of 2006 Micronesian Games

14 February 2006, 13:32 AEST

The head of Guam's National Olympic Committee, Ricardo Blas, has launched a scathing attack on the organisers of the Micronesian Games, after this year's games were scrapped due to a lack of funds.

Rural phone services to receive cut in charges

14 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

Phone charges for people living in rural and remote villages in Fiji will be dramatically reduced from Tuesday.

Bill to allow more home-rule on island issues

14 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

A prominent Guam politician has introduced a bill in the local legislature, in a bid to give the people of the island more leeway in making home-rule decisions on island issues.

New Year's bonus for once troubled super fund

14 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

Members of the National Superannuation Fund in Papua New Guinea are laughing all the way to the bank, after receiving a large - and unexpected - New Year's gift.

Cyclone Vaianu ain't misbehaving - yet

13 February 2006, 16:13 AEST

The Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Fiji is today advising that Cyclone Vaianu is likely to be upgraded to category three over the next six to twelve hours.

PM quits, replaced by commoner

13 February 2006, 16:13 AEST

Tonga's prime minister has resigned.

Anti money-laundering scheme to bolster security

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEST

For some years now, a number of Pacific Island states have been targetted by segments of the international community for their alleged vulnerability to money laundering.

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