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.


Govt lifts ban on live dolphin exports

20 June 2007, 15:33 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has confirmed it is lifting a ban on the controversial export of live dolphins.

Premier's pro-China comments criticised

20 June 2007, 10:41 AEST

Comments by the premier of Niue that his people should follow the example of the Chinese in their approach to life and work have been criticised as irrelevant to the Pacific by an opposition MP.

Cabinet rubber stamps 2009 elections

20 June 2007, 10:39 AEST

In Fiji, Cabinet has accepted in principle the report of the Independent Technical Assessment of Election Timetable.

expelled High Commissioner arrives home from Fiji

19 June 2007, 15:49 AEST

The diplomat at the centre of the row between Suva and Wellington has arrived home after being expelled by Fiji's military-backed interim government.

US congress proposes tough sanctions against tax havens

19 June 2007, 15:48 AEST

The United States Congress is proposing tough new sanctions against nations deemed to be illegitimate tax havens.

PACIFIC:Infrastructure and economies at risk from climate change

19 June 2007, 15:46 AEST

The Pacific has been identified as one of the four regions of the world most at risk from global warming.

A week till decision on Fiji sanctions

19 June 2007, 11:02 AEST

It's going to be at least a week before New Zealand decides how to respond to the expulsion of its High Commissioner, Michael Green, from Fiji.

PNG:Arnotts Australia pulls out

19 June 2007, 10:59 AEST

The iconic Australian biscuit-maker Arnotts is pulling out of Papua New Guinea.

New head of state warmly received

18 June 2007, 17:07 AEST

The election of Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi as Samoa's new head of state has been warmly received by the Samoan community.

Australian Army Chief signals potential peacekeeper need

18 June 2007, 15:49 AEST

Fiji's Interim Prime Minister and army Commander, Frank Bainimarama says the situation in the country does not warrant any outside force to come in and intervene.

Aus and US launch huge military exercise

18 June 2007, 15:47 AEST

Australian and American defence forces have officially launched their largest joint military exercise, designed to prepare both forces for any future instability in the Asia Pacific region.

New head of state warmed received

18 June 2007, 15:45 AEST

The election of Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi as Samoa's new head of state has been warmly received by the Samoan community.

PNG:Stock market hits new record high

18 June 2007, 15:45 AEST

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange hit a new record high on Friday closing at 4621 points, despite the fact that national elections in Papua New Guinea are only two weeks away.

Oxfam critical of Aust/NZ free trade deal

18 June 2007, 11:24 AEST

Attempts by Australia and New Zealand to negotiate a free trade deal with Pacific island nations have been criticised by Oxfam New Zealand.

Riots Inquiry Resumes.

18 June 2007, 11:23 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the Commission of Inquiry into last year's Honiara riots has resumed its work.

Australilan Police help arson inquiry

18 June 2007, 11:21 AEST

Vanuatu Police have yet to make any arrests following the recent fire that destroyed the country's Supreme Court building in Port Vila.

Scientist wins prize for work with TB in PNG

18 June 2007, 11:21 AEST

An Australian scientist studying drug-resistant Tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea has won the prestigious 2007 Premiers Award in Victoria, Australia.

Interim leadership becoming unpredictable

15 June 2007, 16:30 AEST

A keen observer of the situation in Fiji believes the expulsion of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Fiji is an indication that the interim government is not serious about a return to democracy.

Bainimarama speaks about diplomat's expulsion

15 June 2007, 15:52 AEST

Questions are being asked in Fiji about the reasons why New Zealand's High Commissioner Michael Green is being asked to leave.

major tourism campaign postponed

15 June 2007, 15:49 AEST

The expulsion of Michael Green has caused Fiji's tourism industry to postpone a television campaign designed to attract visitors from New Zealand.

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