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.


Getting tourism off the ground

11 July 2006, 15:27 AEST

Ever thought about holidaying in Papua New Guinea? If you're like most people, probably not.

Court orders halt to vote-counting

11 July 2006, 15:12 AEST

A national court in Papua New Guinea has ordered vote-counting to stop after questions were raised about the weekend by-election.

Call for Official Secrets Act to be repealed

11 July 2006, 15:12 AEST

Transparency International Vanuatu is working towards having the country's Official Secrets Act repealed.

Chamber cautious about investigation over Chinese trip

11 July 2006, 15:12 AEST

The business community in Marshall Islands has reacted cautiously to an announcement by the country's parliament or Nitijela that it will look into a trip by a group of Marshallese politicians to China.

Minister has old manslaughter conviction

11 July 2006, 15:12 AEST

The editor of the Samoa Observer newspaper is defending his decision to publish revelations about an associate ministers' 18 year old manslaughter conviction.

Court order granted after poll 'disaster'

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

To Papua New Guinea where voters in the National Capital District went to the polls over the weekend to elect a new governor.

Fiji ban on PNG corned beef now lifted

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

A bitter trade dispute between Papua New Guinea and Fiji appears to be over, after the Fiji government announced it had removed all restrictions on the importation of PNG beef.

Mixed reaction to Australian timber import ban threat

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

Illegal logging and corruption in Papua New Guinea's forest industry have again been attracting international attention.

State assets for sale

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

Tonga is pushing ahead with its program of privatising state-owned assets.

Teachers warned of severe penalties over strike

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, where striking teachers have been warned they face severe penalties if they do not return to work.

Plan to secure safe passage for Fiji ex-soldiers hits snag

7 July 2006, 15:43 AEST

Efforts to secure safe passage for five Fijian former soldiers out of Bougainville may have hit a snag.

Prince Tuipelehake - democrat and monarchist

7 July 2006, 15:43 AEST

Bruce Prince Tuipelehake has always been a reformist.

Death of Prince Tuipelehake and Princess Kaimana

7 July 2006, 15:43 AEST

Prince Tuipelehake, nephew of the Tongan King, and his wife, Princess Kaimana Tuku'aho, have been killed in a car accident in the United States.

Negotiations with Nauru over outstanding pay for workers

7 July 2006, 15:43 AEST

The saga of the Tuvaluan workers stranded in Nauru is coming to an end.

NZ minister encourages region to sign up to WTO

7 July 2006, 15:42 AEST

A senior New Zealand government figure has encouraged Pacific states to embrace trade liberalisation and consider joining the World Trade Organisation.

Cyclone Larry sparks pawpaw export boom to Australia

6 July 2006, 16:04 AEST

Pacific countries are all too familiar with the devastating impact of cyclones, which can wipe out crops and leave entire communities without food.

Claims US fudging figures on Okinawa troop relocation

6 July 2006, 16:04 AEST

A Japanese women's group is warning residents of Guam to keep a close watch on US troops due to be sent to the Pacific territory.

Opposition leader describes latest reshuffle as 'power grab'

6 July 2006, 16:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, is being accused of a power grab after his controversial cabinet reshuffle.

Datt says he will fight expulsion from Labour

6 July 2006, 16:04 AEST

The dispute within the Fiji Labour party looks to have claimed its first casualty.

Forum ministers told 'bad policy' to blame for poor performan

5 July 2006, 15:15 AEST

Finance ministers and treasurers from the Pacific region meeting in Honiara have received report cards on their countries' economic performance, and the message is: 'Could do better'.

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