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

Government admits cross-border crime is increasing

24 April 2006, 12:46 AEST

Papua New Guinea has acknowledged its borders are increasingly being used by international crime groups to carry out illegal activities, including the smuggling of drugs, guns and illegal immigrants.

Country's youth needs more sport, fewer riots

24 April 2006, 12:46 AEST

The President of the Solomon Islands Football Federation says sport has an important role to play in the wake of recent violence in Honiara.

Radio editor critical of rival riot coverage

24 April 2006, 12:46 AEST

The role of a private radio station during the riots which swept the Solomon islands capital Honiara last week has been questioned by the news editor of the government-run Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

RAMSI crackdown on opposition MPs following riots

24 April 2006, 12:46 AEST

The Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has launched a crackdown on a number of opposition members of the Solomon Islands Parliament just as the opposition was preparing to mount a vote of no-confidence in the new Prime Minister.

Defiant Snyder Rini says he won't step down

21 April 2006, 15:42 AEST

On Friday afternoon, a defiant Snyder Rini fronted his first media conference, saying he wasn't planning to step down as prime minister and that he did have the numbers in Parliament.

More Australian peacekeepers to be sent to Honiara

21 April 2006, 15:42 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has announced that Australia will send still more troops to Solomon Islands, bringing the total number of Australian soldiers and police officers to around 500.

Australian officials caught flat-footed by riots

21 April 2006, 15:42 AEST

The violence in the Solomon Islands this week has taken Australian officials by surprise, from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Federal Police.

PM defends RAMSI in wake of Solomons rioting

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

New Zealand's Prime Minister has defended the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands contingent against criticism it had failed to adequately prepare for post-election trouble in the Solomon Islands.

Calm restored as military, police pour in to Honiara

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

Calm has returned to the streets of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara, as police and military reinforcements pour in from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Capital now under RAMSI military control

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

The streets of the Solomon islands capital Honiara are reportedly quiet at the moment, with armed troops from Australia now on patrol.

Regional focus on anti-Chinese sentiment after Honiara riots

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

The looting and burning of Chinese-owned businesses by rioters in the Solomon islands capital, Honiara, is a symptom of wider problems in the Pacific region.

Lack of intelligence blamed for outbreak of uprising

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

A community leader in Solomon Islands has criticised law enforcement agencies in the country for not recognising the threat of violence in the wake of the recent elections.

Streets quiet after days of looting, rioting

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

More than 150 extra Australian troops and police officers arrived in the capital Honiara on Thursday and are being credited with helping to bring calm to the troubled city.

Anger directed at Taiwan's influence on political outcome

21 April 2006, 9:19 AEST

Some of those behind the violent protests in Solomon Islands say they've taken the action because they're concerned their country's elections have been corrupted by foreign influences.

Pirated Samoan comedy DVD could hurt future ventures

21 April 2006, 9:19 AEST

In New Zealand, pirated copies of a new movie about a Samoan wedding could seriously damage the possibility of films on Pacific island themes being made in the future.

Newspaper readers forced to turn to internet, radio

20 April 2006, 12:44 AEST

The Solomons Star newspaper has yet to hit the street, despite its reporters and photographers having worked hard covering the rioting in Honiara.

Night curfew imposed ahead of troops' arrival

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has warned rioting protestors on the Solomon Islands that the country's democratic processess and stability won't be overturned.

Rioters burn Pacific Casino Hotel to the ground

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

Rampaging looters in Honiara set fire to the Pacific Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, after they made away with property from complex.

Police given new powers to restore order

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

Solomon Islands police have been given sweeping new powers to restore law and order in the capital Honiara.

Catholic leader says tension will continue to simmer

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

The first group of Australian troops is now in the Solomon Islands to assist with efforts to end the rioting and looting.

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