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

Former commander says armoury destruction threatens national security

27 June 2006, 15:00 AEST

In Papua New Guinea plans by the defence force to destroy thousands of weapons in its armory have been put on hold.

Dual citizenship to be introduced

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

Tongans living overseas may soon not have to lose their Tongan passports if they take out citizenship in another country.

New foreign investment law comes into effect

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

Solomon Islands has joined the race to attract foreign investment to boost its ailing economy.

Territories gain Forum status

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

The French Pacific territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia are to become associate members of the Pacific Islands Fourm, and the tiny French territory of Wallis and Futuna will be granted observer status.

Defence Force controversy over weapons destruction plan

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Defence Force, the PNGDF, is set to destroy thousands of weapons in its armory.

Former MP says whaling is cultural

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

A former Solomon Islands MP has congratulated Japan on its recent victory at the International Whaling Commission meeting.

Australia providing 'minor suppor role' in weapons destruction

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

The head of the Australia defence staff in Port Moresby, Colonel Dougal McMillan, says Australia has responded to a request from PNG for help in cutting its armory, and is only playing a 'minor support role'.

Kava saga threatens consulate and Air Vanuatu in Noumea

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

The Vanuatu kava monopoly saga is continuing.

Fallout from whaling meeting hits Pacific

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Tuvalu says anti-whaling nations such as Australia and New Zealand should continue their policy of not demanding political support at international forums in exchange for foreign aid.

PM Qarase to discuss multi-party cabinet with opposition

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Moves are underway in Fiji to lay out groundrules on how the country's unusual multi-party cabinet should work.

Multi-party policies unconstitutional

23 June 2006, 15:17 AEST

Fiji's controversial race-based affirmative action policies are being called into question again after the human rights commission this week declared them unconstitutional.

Treasurer says his sacking is payback for challenging PM Somare

23 June 2006, 15:17 AEST

Bart Philemon says his sacking is payback for challenging the prime minister for the party leadership.

Treasurer dumped as deputy party leader

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

The man widely regarded as Papua New Guinea's most successful economic manager, Treasurer Bart Philemon, has been sacked as deputy leader of the National Alliance party.

Government praised for refusing to bow to ASIO

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

As Australia contemplates the future of two refugees stuck on Nauru for almost five years, their legal representative has praised the island's government for refusing to bow to an Australian refugee assessment team.

UN's refugee agency offers praise for Papuan crisis

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

Tuesday 20 June marked World Refugee Day, an event created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 to pay tribute to people forced from their homes and the countries.

Child advocate calls for action in Maori child abuse

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

A leading New Zealand child advocate says it's time to stop being politically correct and face up to the widespread problem of child abuse among Maori families.

Australia won't reconsider stance on seasonal workers

22 June 2006, 15:07 AEST

The Australian Government says it won't be changing its position on accepting guest workers from the Pacific.

Government affirmative action described as 'unconstitutional'

22 June 2006, 15:07 AEST

Fiji's Human Rights Commission has found Fiji's controversial race-based affirmative action policies are unconstitutional and it's now confident the government will move to overturn them.

Government celebrates anniversary of autonomy

22 June 2006, 12:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville government has used its first anniversary celebrations to thank Australia for assisting to restore essential services on the island.

Governor-general apologises to Chinese community

22 June 2006, 12:04 AEST

Solomon Islands' Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena has officially apologised to the country's Chinese community, which was the target of recent violence in the capital, Honiara.

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