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.


Constitutional review questions MPs allegiance

4 September 2006, 15:42 AEST

A call for a review of Nauru's constitution has caused division within the country.

PM still has confidence in Commission Chair

4 September 2006, 15:42 AEST

The Solomon Island's Prime Minister says he still has confidence in a former Australian Federal Court Judge who he's appointed as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the violence in Honiara in April.

European Commission allocates funding to renewable energy pro

4 September 2006, 11:44 AEST

The European Commission has announced a plan to spend six and a half million US dollars over three years on renewable energy projects in three French Pacific territories.

Electricity price increased by 30 per cent

4 September 2006, 11:44 AEST

The price of electricity in Fiji is going up by 30 per cent.

Congressman wins Democrat nomination to run for Governor

4 September 2006, 11:44 AEST

Guam's former delegate to the US House of Representatives, Congressman Robert A Underwood, has won the Democrat nomination to run for Governor of Guam.

100 dollar note launched

1 September 2006, 15:35 AEST

Improved economic conditions and higher demand for cash money has prompted the Central Bank of Solomon Islands to introduce a new 100 dollar note.

PM strongly criticised in court

1 September 2006, 14:40 AEST

The Solomon Islands Solicitor General has strongly criticised two of the terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry into the April riots in Honiara set up by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

PM says High Court proceedings a farce

1 September 2006, 14:40 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has described the High Court's proceedings over the Commission of Inquiry into the Chinatown riots in April as a Judical farce.

Newspaper's press possibly sabotaged

1 September 2006, 10:25 AEST

Police are investigating a possible case of sabotage at the Samoa Observer newspaper.

Calls for urgent action to address passport issues

1 September 2006, 10:25 AEST

A leader of the Federated States of Micronesia community in the commonwealth of the Northern Marianas wants the FSM government in Pohnpei to help its citizens with urgent immigration matters including passports.

Media council provides funding to community

31 August 2006, 15:06 AEST

Community groups in Papua New Guinea are being encouraged to do more to help themselves by becoming involved in projects funded by the nation's Media Council.

Fiji to host Melanesian festival

31 August 2006, 15:06 AEST

Fiji says preparations are well under-way to welcome cultural groups from the Melanesian Spearhead Group of countries who will converge on the nation in early October to celebrate Fiji Week.

Calls for more financial accountability

31 August 2006, 10:42 AEST

The Solomon Islands Ombudsman, John-Smith Pitabelama says there needs to be more accountability on how sports bodies and associations use public funds.

Officials lobby US for radar system

31 August 2006, 10:41 AEST

Japan's Kyodo news agency says the United States wants to deploy another radar system in the Western Pacific in response to North Korea's firing of ballistic missiles last month.

Monarchy developing website

31 August 2006, 10:41 AEST

Tonga's monarchy is moving into the 21st century by setting up its own website.

Youth alliance proposed for Melanesia

31 August 2006, 10:36 AEST

Youth issues are taking on an increasingly important role in the Pacific.

Civil service does not reflect nation's racial make up

30 August 2006, 15:15 AEST

While Indians represent about 40 per cent of Fiji's population, their numbers in the civil service are between 20 and 30 per cent.

Country leads the way in turtle protection

30 August 2006, 11:39 AEST

In this, the Pacific Year of the Sea Turtle, Fiji continues to lead efforts in the region to protect sea turtles from extinction.

Nation to host Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit

30 August 2006, 10:53 AEST

Palau is preparing to host the first Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit to be held in the capital Koror next week, several months after China hosted a Pacific summit in Fiji.

Website to provide information on regional integration

30 August 2006, 10:53 AEST

The team behind a new website for the Pacific is hoping it can fill any void in the amount of information available on one of the most controversial trade and aid issues around.

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