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

Fund proposed to help victims of nuclear testing

22 February 2007, 15:09 AEDT

The findings of a French study reporting serious radioactive leakage at former nuclear test sites in the South Pacific were disputed by a New Zealand scientist who was part of a 1998 study that found radiation levels were nearly undetectable.

Motion of no confidence disqualified

22 February 2007, 12:48 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the opposition's notice for a motion of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has been disqualified.

Four Fijian mercenaries give themselves up to police

21 February 2007, 17:21 AEDT

Police in Papua New Guinea's Autonomous province of Bougainville have formally charged four former Fijian soldiers who were hired as mercenaries by failed money scam operator Noah Musingku over allegations of training an illegal army.

DPP withdraws charges against Australian war veteran

21 February 2007, 17:21 AEDT

The charges against an Australian Vietnam War veteran who was accused of plotting to murder the Solomon Islands Prime Minister have been dropped.

FIJI:Stock exchange below F$1 billion market capitalisation

21 February 2007, 17:21 AEDT

The value of companies listed on the Fiji-based South Pacific Stock Exchange has dropped below one-billion Fiji dollars or around 750 million Australian dollars.

Pacific voters may switch from Labour

21 February 2007, 13:52 AEDT

The resignation of New Zealand's first ever Pacific Island MP from the ruling Labour Party may alienate the country's sizeable number of Pacific voters, according to a New Zealand Samoan leader.

Interim PM declines to comment on EPG report

21 February 2007, 12:31 AEDT

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama held a press conference yesterday in which he stated that he was not going to give a public response to the Eminent Persons' Group report.

EPG disapproves of interim government

20 February 2007, 17:24 AEDT

Fiji's interim government has been given a thumbs down by the Pacific Island's forum "Eminent Persons Group".

PACIFIC:Wins top 7 places on list of world's fattest nations

20 February 2007, 17:24 AEDT

The Pacific has won the dubious distinction of taking out the top seven places on Forbes Magazine's list of the world's fattest nations.

Party Leaders Against re-arming

20 February 2007, 17:24 AEDT

A former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu says government MPs voted blindly to defeat the motion opposing the re-arming of the police force.

Permanent residence plan gets cool response

20 February 2007, 11:27 AEDT

Fiji community leaders overseas have responded coolly to a proposal that would see former citizens being allowed to return to the country - but only as permanent residents.

WTO ambitions in doubt

19 February 2007, 16:58 AEDT

Tonga's plan to become a member of the World Trade Organisation this year has been thrown into doubt.

Rains to easy by Wednesday

19 February 2007, 16:58 AEDT

In Fiji, weather forecasters caution people living in low lying areas that they need to remain alert with more rain on the way.

Amnesty concerned about human rights

19 February 2007, 16:58 AEDT

Amnesty International has called on Fiji's interim government to observe international human rights law.

Government splits to form new party

19 February 2007, 16:58 AEDT

A splinter faction from French Polynesia's ruling party is attempting to form a new political party.

Opposition outlines policies after take-over

19 February 2007, 16:58 AEDT

The Solomon Islands parliamentary opposition says it will expel controversial Australian lawyer Julian Moti if it comes to power following a motion of no confidence.

Opposition outlines policies after take-over

19 February 2007, 16:32 AEDT

The Solomon Islands parliamentary opposition says it will expel controversial Australian lawyer Julian Moti if it comes to power following a motion of no confidence.

RAMSI focus of Australia and NZ PMs talks

16 February 2007, 17:40 AEDT

The annual bilateral talks between Australia's Prime Minister John Howard and his New Zealand counterpart Helen Clark have ended in Wellington.

PM to be summoned to appear before inquiry

16 February 2007, 17:37 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare is, to be summoned to appear before an inquiry into the escape of Australian lawyer Julian Moti from PNG, to the Solomon Islands.

Foreign ministers' meeting suggested

16 February 2007, 17:36 AEDT

The Solomon Islands government has confirmed receiving a diplomatic note on a suggestion by Australia's Prime Minister John Howard's that the foreign ministers of the two countries meet.

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