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.


Water and sanitation problem for Ambae evacuees

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

People who fled a volcanic eruption in Vanuatu are facing strains in water supply and sanitation in three evacuation centres.

Politburo visitor boosts relations with China

16 December 2005, 16:25 AEST

Relations between French Polynesia and the People's Republic of China have received a boost after a visit to Tahiti by a senior member of the Chinese Politburo.

Tongan government dismisses WTO accession concerns

16 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

Tonga's expected acceptance in to the World Trade Organisation has been attacked by Australian NGO Oxfam Australia.

WTO head welcomes 'important' accession

16 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

The Kingdom of Tonga has been admitted to the World Trade Organisation, and is set to become the 150th state to join the grouping and only the fourth Pacific state.

Oceania Olympic Committee membership likely

16 December 2005, 13:20 AEST

The Micronesian Pacific state of Marshall Islands is set to become the 16th member of the Oceania Olympic family.

Ministers lobby Australia for labour mobility scheme

16 December 2005, 12:39 AEST

The Australian government is again fielding calls to introduce a seasonal work program for young Pacific Islanders.

UN Convention against corruption enters into force

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

Around the region, community groups are concerned about the growth of corruption amongst their leaders.

Labour mobility to be raised at Australian meeting

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

The controversial issue of labour mobility is expected to dominate the annual Australia-PNG ministerial forum, which will be held on Friday on Australia's Gold Coast.

Emergency services prepared for tsunami alert

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

The head of Fiji's Disaster Management Committee says he's happy with the way in which the country's tsunami warning procedures are working.

ABC to launch new Pacific TV service

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

The Asia Pacific Television service of the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation is to launch a new service in January, specifically for its Pacific Island viewers.

Vernacular booklet to explain UN convention

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

An innovative little booklet on a UN Convention for women in the Tongan language is set to be launched on Friday in the country's capital, Nuku'alofa.

PNG swimmers in shape for Games build-up

15 December 2005, 15:02 AEST

The endless hours of lap swimming, chasing a black line and gulping back litres of chlorinated water are about to pay off for Papua New Guinea's small but talented swimming team.

Tuna Commission continues debate on compliance

15 December 2005, 15:02 AEST

The region's new Tuna Commission is continuing work at its second meeting in the Federated States of Micronesia, with compliance issues still the hottest items on the agenda.

More calls for Australian labour mobility scheme

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

One of Australia's leading business figures has called on the country's Prime Minister, John Howard, to reverse his opposition to temporary labour schemes involving Pacific islanders.

Pastor throws support behind US Televangelist

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

A Fijian pastor has defended the upcoming visit of US televangelist Benny Hinn to the country, following the controversy over the banning of another religious leader.

Maori up in arms over Israeli cigarette brand

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

Until recently, smokers in Israel were been urged to relax and light-up with the sultry taste of the "Maori Mix".

Prosperity the key to youth development

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

Promoting sustainable lifestyles should lie at the foundation of the relationship between Pacific governments and young people.

Tongan church hall burnt down in Sydney

14 December 2005, 16:03 AEST

A Tongan church hall in Sydney was burned to the ground on Tuesday night, in an attack which could be linked to recent race riots.

Fears former militia could derail by-election

14 December 2005, 15:17 AEST

Authorities in Bougainville fear demands by former militia members for a payment of 10 million kina could jeopardise a by-election scheduled for next month.

Government examines value-added tax

14 December 2005, 15:14 AEST

Just three months away from a national election, the Solomon Islands Government has launched a debate on whether it should introduce a value-added tax.

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