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

Interim govt's anti-corruption unit up and running

16 February 2007, 17:31 AEDT

Fiji's newly established anti-corruption unit has begun investigations into more than 300 cases.

Accused of self serving double standards on Fiji

16 February 2007, 17:27 AEDT

New Zealand has been accused of self-serving double standards for continuing free trade initiatives involving Fiji, despite not recognising its post coup administration.

US Tongans failing to address gang violence

16 February 2007, 17:27 AEDT

Tongan leaders in the United States need to urgently address the growing problem of gang violence, according to two community activists.

Interim government to sell its stake in Daily Post

15 February 2007, 16:56 AEDT

Fiji's interim government has announced it is selling its stake in one of its biggest critics, the "Fiji Daily Post" newspaper.

SDL seeks courts permission to sue military

15 February 2007, 16:56 AEDT

In Fiji, deposed Prime Minister Qarase's SDL party is seeking the High Court's permission to sue the military on coup related issues.

Change to status of territories

15 February 2007, 16:56 AEDT

The French Parliament has approved changes to the status of its Pacific territories.

Weather station upgrades address climate change

15 February 2007, 16:56 AEDT

Weather stations around the Pacific are set to receive more than half a million US dollars in upgrades and support, as part of initiatives to address climate change in the region.

PM Sogavare requests meeting with John Howard

15 February 2007, 16:56 AEDT

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has made a proposal to Canberra for a meeting with Australia's Prime Minister John Howard.

Pro-democracy leaders openly defy government

15 February 2007, 16:56 AEDT

Pro-democracy campaigners in Tonga are challenging the government by holding a meeting in open defiance of the emergency regulations.

Recall of ambassador to China

15 February 2007, 14:21 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Ambassador to China Max Rai, has been charged over allegations of issuing visas to numerous Chinese nationals to travel to PNG without approval from the PNG Foreign Affairs office.

Inaugural RAMSI consultations held

15 February 2007, 9:10 AEDT

A joint statement from the inaugural Consultation Mechanism Meeting held in Honiara on Monday states the free and frank exchange of views, is an encouraging sign for the relationship between the Solomon Islands Government and the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI.

SOLOMON IS Exit strategy for RAMSI ?

14 February 2007, 12:12 AEDT

A joint statement from the inaugural Consultation Mechanism Meeting held in Honiara on Monday states the free and frank exchange of views, is an encouraging sign for the relationship between the Solomon Islands Government and the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI.

Tourism industry trying to reverse negative publicity

14 February 2007, 12:12 AEDT

Fiji's tourism industry estimates the media publicity about the island's military coup last December in New Zealand would have had a value of eleven million Fijian dollars.

Taiwan clarifies PINA Covention sponsorship

13 February 2007, 16:43 AEDT

The Taiwanese government has dismissed suggestions by China that it's politicising the Pacific Islands News Association through its sponsorship.

Calls for an exit strategy for RAMSI

13 February 2007, 16:43 AEDT

At the consultative talks between Solomon Islands and RAMSI, the Solomon's Foreign Minister Patteson Oti this week has controversially called for an exit strategy for RAMSI.

Government defends temporary closure of newspaper

13 February 2007, 16:43 AEDT

The Tonga government has defended the raid on an anti-government newspaper by soldiers.

Law Society lifts suspension on military lawyers

13 February 2007, 11:38 AEDT

In Fiji, the law society without explanation removed the suspension on practicing certificates of the military's lawyers.

PM Visits Australia

13 February 2007, 11:38 AEDT

Tonga's prime minister, Dr Fred Sevele, has met his Australian counterpart, John Howard, to brief him on how the rebuilding of Nuku'alofa is progressing.

Interior dept backs fibre optic link

13 February 2007, 11:38 AEDT

The United States Interior department has thrown its weight behind American Samoa's plan to lay a fibre optic cable to link Pago Pago with Fiji, and from there the rest of the world.

Braces for more floods

12 February 2007, 17:48 AEDT

In Fiji, emergency evacuation centres are on standby following more heavy rains and flash flooding at the weekend.

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