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.


Two ministers lose their portfolios

16 October 2006, 16:22 AEST

In Solomon Islands, rumours abound as to the reasons why two government ministers have lost their portfolios.

Australia places travel ban on PNG PM

16 October 2006, 16:12 AEST

Australia has slapped a travel ban on the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare as Canberra's relationship with PNG continues to sour.

Opposition challenging election results

16 October 2006, 16:10 AEST

The election result in the Cook Islands may be decided in the courts.

Diplomatic war continues with PNG

16 October 2006, 16:10 AEST

Australia is raising the heat in its diplomatic war of words with Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

UN disaster management officials tour the Pacific

16 October 2006, 16:10 AEST

The spectacular eruptions of Mount Tavurvur at Rabaul in Papua New Guinea last week shows the vulnerability of Pacific islands to natural disaster.

Earthquake rocks the pacific island

16 October 2006, 16:10 AEST

A big earthquake in Hawaii and repeated aftershocks have shaken the Pacific island knocking out power in Honolulu.

Kava blamed for social problems

16 October 2006, 12:38 AEST

In Fiji, the abuse of kava is being blamed for many of the country's social problems.

New guide to Kokoda Track

16 October 2006, 12:38 AEST

As far as Australian national war legends go, Gallipoli has come to symbolise the ANZAC spirit during the First World War.

Sports revival sparks Pacific Games hopes

16 October 2006, 12:38 AEST

When the Pacific Games explode into life in Apia next August, don't be surprised to see athletes from Papua New Guinea carrying away a healthy share of the gold medals.

North Korea threatens to attack Guam and Hawaii

13 October 2006, 15:54 AEST

There's mounting concern about North Korea's next move on the nuclear front, following remarks from an unofficial spokesman for the regime.

Police launch major investigation into Moti affair

13 October 2006, 15:54 AEST

Solomon Islands police commissioner Shane Castles has launched a major investigation into the Julian Moti Affair.

Corruption charges against former top policeman dropped

13 October 2006, 15:54 AEST

Papua New Guinea police prosecutors have dropped corruption charges against former P-N-G Police Commissioner, Sam Inguba, for lack of evidence'.

Anti-violence forum leads to violence

13 October 2006, 15:54 AEST

An anti-violence and crime forum in Lae, in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province, has sparked trouble.

Doctor warns senate get prepared for pandemic

13 October 2006, 10:39 AEST

It's not a matter of if, but when Fiji is swept up in a flu pandemic.

Top cop criticises Pacific corruption and bad governance

12 October 2006, 16:44 AEST

Australia's top policeman has attacked the political corruption and poor governance confronting Australian police being deployed in the South Pacific.

calls for PM to come clean on Moti's repatriation

12 October 2006, 16:44 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Opposition has called on the country's prime minister to come clean on the issue surrounding the repatriation of controversial lawyer Julian Moti for Solomon Islands.

PM attacks Australia over no-confidence vote

12 October 2006, 16:44 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has accused Canberra of being responsible for yesterday's failed motion to oust him.

Honiara-Canberra relationship a regional challenge

12 October 2006, 16:44 AEST

Dr Sinclair Dinnen, a Pacific expert from the Australian National University who specialises in Solomon Islands issues, says dialogue is needed to resolve tension between Australia and Solomon Islands.

Report of public service job losses denied

12 October 2006, 11:21 AEST

Reports that thousands of public servants in Fiji are set to lose their jobs have been denied by the ministry in charge of public sector reform.

Nation could become a top global gold producer

12 October 2006, 11:21 AEST

A senior government minister in Papua New Guinea has predicted the country could become one of the top three gold producing nations in the world.

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