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.


Fisheries managers in town for Tuna Commission meet

8 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

Up to 140 people from across the Pacific have arrived in Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, for the five-day meeting of the new Tuna Commission's Technical and Compliance Committee.

Investment used as ruse for back-door immigration

8 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

The Fiji Trade and Investment Board has cancelled the investment certificates of 45 foreign investors, amid allegations that foreign investment approvals are being used by Chinese nationals to circumvent immigration procedures.

No red-carpet welcome for Korean religious leader

7 December 2005, 16:16 AEST

The head of the Korean-based Unification Church, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, has had to alter his Pacific travel plans, after Fiji authorities refused him an entry visa.

Fears minister could fall foul of US terror laws

7 December 2005, 15:11 AEST

The United States embassy in Fiji has refused to comment on claims it it consulted a prominent Fiji human rights group over whether the country's transport minister should be viewed as a terrorist under US laws.

Experts declare Ambae volcanic eruption 'minor'

7 December 2005, 15:11 AEST

There's good news from Vanuatu, where after four days of deliberation vulcanologists believe the eruption on Ambae is a minor event.

Academic rejects labour mobility concerns

7 December 2005, 14:08 AEST

A prominent Pacific academic, Professor Robbie Robertson, has taken issue with Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer over labour mobility.

Why health services fail pregnant women

7 December 2005, 14:08 AEST

The are calls in Papua New Guinea for better health services for women giving birth, after a woman died because there was no transport to take her to the nearest medical centre.

Troubled waters over eligibility for NZ-born swimmer

7 December 2005, 14:08 AEST

Pacific swimmer Calum Liew dived into turbulent waters when he qualified for next year's Commonwealth Games, while swimming for Fiji at a school event last week.

UN warns of armed conflict risk

7 December 2005, 14:08 AEST

A United Nations report has warned Solomon Islands is still at risk of a renewed armed conflict in the country.

SDL says three Labour MPs ready to cross floor

6 December 2005, 16:39 AEST

Fiji's ruling SDL Party says public perceptions of it as an exclusively ethnic Fijian party are wrong.

Ambae volcano still active as evacuation continues

6 December 2005, 16:39 AEST

In Vanuatu, disaster and emergency service personnel are confident the evacuation of between four and five thousand people from the Volcano site on Ambae will be completed by Wednesday.

Law Society welcomes proposed Unity Bill changes

6 December 2005, 14:17 AEST

Fiji's Law Society is now much happier with the government's proposed Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity Bill.

Public Service faces scrutiny, reform

6 December 2005, 14:17 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has committed to far-reaching reforms of its public service - a public sector which was left floundering after years of ethnic tension.

Beddoes confirms opposition alliance for 2006 poll

6 December 2005, 14:17 AEST

The leader of Fiji's United General Party, Mick Beddoes, says the country's opposition political forces are preparing to form a coalition, in the lead-up to the 2006 general elections.

FIJI:'Green Productivity' cuts bills, saves energy

6 December 2005, 14:17 AEST

Would you like to cut your fuel bills in half? A company in Fiji has done just that, saving one million Fiji dollars in the process.

Controversial police unit faces inquiry

6 December 2005, 14:17 AEST

Papua New Guinea's notorious police mobile squads have been disbanded, until the results of an investigation into the unlawful takeover of the country's police training college are released.

Manaru volcano sparks Penama evacuation

5 December 2005, 16:27 AEST

An evacuation of over 5,000 people is underway in Vanuatu , following last week's eruption of Manaru volcano, in Penama province.

VANUATU Airline sacks 19 workers for taking part in strike

5 December 2005, 16:27 AEST

Vanuatu's trade union movement has today warned that services in the country's capital will be shut down if the government and business interests - including Air Vanuatu - fail to address workers' grievances.

Minister wants democracy, but not in a hurry

5 December 2005, 16:27 AEST

Several thousand people in Tonga reportedly rallied on Monday at the Pangai Si'i, the public park opposite Parliament, to press for greater democracy.

Strike ends but leaves hole in budget

5 December 2005, 16:22 AEST

Last week's general strike in French Polynesia is over, and the Government of President Oscar Temaru has been left with a huge hole in its budget.

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