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.


PM says army's role has sparked high voter turnout

17 May 2006, 10:18 AEST

The Fiji election may prove to be very close, with a much higher than predicted turnout of voters from both the indigenous Fijian and the Fijian Indian communities.

Government calls for greater dialogue to solve political

17 May 2006, 10:18 AEST

Bougainville authorities have shelved plans to use force in South Bougainville, in the wake of armed clashes between local police and supporters of failed money scheme founder Noah Musingku.

No clear winner with 35 of 71 seats now declared

16 May 2006, 15:10 AEST

As we go to air today, the first results from Fiji's general election are coming in, and so far there's no clear winner.

Former MP minister to sue over passport scam allegations

16 May 2006, 15:10 AEST

A former government minister in Nauru says he's taking legal action against an Australian newspaper, after it accused him of being one of the people involved in the Nauru passport scam.

Minister calls for caution in tackling Bougainville violence

16 May 2006, 15:10 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Justice Minister, Bire Kimisopa, says his government remains concerned about the recent surge in law and order issues in the autonomous region of Bougainville.

Security concerns following armed attacks

16 May 2006, 9:02 AEST

While most international attention is now focussed on Fiji and Solomon Islands, there now appears to be increased tension on the island of Bougainville.

Atiu by-election could decide the fate of next parliament

16 May 2006, 9:02 AEST

Voters on the Island of Atiu, in the Cook Islands, will vote in a by-election on June 8 to elect a new representative to the country's Parliament.

Lawyers concerned over PM's call for DPP to stand down

16 May 2006, 9:02 AEST

The legal profession in Solomon Islands is concerned at Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's call for the country's Director of Public Prosecutions to stand down.

Treasurer remains concerned about economic future

16 May 2006, 9:02 AEST

The Treasurer of Papua New Guinea, Bart Philemon, has reiterated his concerns about the economic future of his country, saying the next 12 months will be a critical time for the government to show it can manage its finances responsibly.

Qarase wins Lau seat with massive majority

16 May 2006, 9:02 AEST

Fiji's caretaker prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has polled an overwhelming 93 per cent of the vote in his Lau communal seat, as counting continues following last week's general election.

Vote counting begins, but results not expected for some time

15 May 2006, 15:02 AEST

Counting is underway in Fiji's general election, but it may be some time before results become available.

Government throws financial support behind Solomon Islands

15 May 2006, 15:02 AEST

PNG's Foreign Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, has defended the decision by Papua New Guinea to offer Solomon Islands 20 million kina - that's about US$6.

Robert Keith-Reid, journalist and publisher, dead at 64

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

The Pacific has lost one of its finest journalists.

Business leaders set to discuss life beyond mineral boom

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

Senior Government and business leaders from Papua New Guinea are meeting in northern Australia for the 22nd Australia-PNG Business Forum.

Marines on the way, as part of US-Japan defence realignment

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

Ending more than three years of gruelling negotiations, US and Japanese officials signed a set of agreements in Washington this month, to re-align US military forces in Japan by 2014.

Country's 'least developed' status angers officials

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

Papua New Guinea has condemned the decision by the United Nations to downgrade its international status to that of 'least developed country'.

Observers reject Labour claims of polling fraud

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

As counting in Fiji's elections begins on Monday, two groups of international observers of the Fiji elections have discounted allegations by the Opposition Fiji Labour Party, suggesting widespread fraud in the voting process.

Prime Minister Sogavare calls for DPP's resignation

12 May 2006, 15:24 AEST

In Solomon Islands comments by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday sent shock waves throughout the capital.

Former Prime Minister Rabuka charged over 2000 mutiny

12 May 2006, 14:21 AEST

Headline news in Fiji today is that former PM and military commander Sitiveni Rabuka has been charged with incitement to mutiny.

Opposition attacks elections chief over voting problems

12 May 2006, 13:30 AEST

Fiji's supervisor of elections is coming under increasing attack from the Opposition Coalition - in particular the Fiji Labour Party - for alleged bias in the conduct of the Fiji election which is now in its sixth day.

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