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.


Australian Army Chief signals potential peacekeeper need

18 June 2007, 15:49 AEST

Fiji's Interim Prime Minister and army Commander, Frank Bainimarama says the situation in the country does not warrant any outside force to come in and intervene.

Aus and US launch huge military exercise

18 June 2007, 15:47 AEST

Australian and American defence forces have officially launched their largest joint military exercise, designed to prepare both forces for any future instability in the Asia Pacific region.

New head of state warmed received

18 June 2007, 15:45 AEST

The election of Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi as Samoa's new head of state has been warmly received by the Samoan community.

PNG:Stock market hits new record high

18 June 2007, 15:45 AEST

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange hit a new record high on Friday closing at 4621 points, despite the fact that national elections in Papua New Guinea are only two weeks away.

Oxfam critical of Aust/NZ free trade deal

18 June 2007, 11:24 AEST

Attempts by Australia and New Zealand to negotiate a free trade deal with Pacific island nations have been criticised by Oxfam New Zealand.

Riots Inquiry Resumes.

18 June 2007, 11:23 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the Commission of Inquiry into last year's Honiara riots has resumed its work.

Australilan Police help arson inquiry

18 June 2007, 11:21 AEST

Vanuatu Police have yet to make any arrests following the recent fire that destroyed the country's Supreme Court building in Port Vila.

Scientist wins prize for work with TB in PNG

18 June 2007, 11:21 AEST

An Australian scientist studying drug-resistant Tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea has won the prestigious 2007 Premiers Award in Victoria, Australia.

Interim leadership becoming unpredictable

15 June 2007, 16:30 AEST

A keen observer of the situation in Fiji believes the expulsion of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Fiji is an indication that the interim government is not serious about a return to democracy.

Bainimarama speaks about diplomat's expulsion

15 June 2007, 15:52 AEST

Questions are being asked in Fiji about the reasons why New Zealand's High Commissioner Michael Green is being asked to leave.

major tourism campaign postponed

15 June 2007, 15:49 AEST

The expulsion of Michael Green has caused Fiji's tourism industry to postpone a television campaign designed to attract visitors from New Zealand.

Parliament to review RAMSI Act

15 June 2007, 15:47 AEST

The Solomon Islands government will go ahead with its planned review of the legislation that set up the Regional Assistance mission, RAMSI.

PACIFIC:Forum says skills training should be a priority

15 June 2007, 15:47 AEST

Skills development for young people needs to be a top regional priority according to the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat.

Foreign Minister offers NZ diplomatic support against Fiji

15 June 2007, 11:03 AEST

Australia says Fiji's expulsion of New Zealand's top diplomat in Suva is incomprehensible and counterproductive.

Qarase says expulsion of NZ diplomat is childish

15 June 2007, 11:01 AEST

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says it's not too late for the interim government to reverse its decision to expel New Zealand diplomat Michael Green.

Torres Strait concern about health impact of border crosser

15 June 2007, 11:00 AEST

Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is accusing the government of letting thousands of Papua New Guineans with infectious diseases into the country.

request to delay changes to Facilitation Act

15 June 2007, 10:58 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has been asked to delay amendments to the legislation that established the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI.

Interim Government declares NZ diplomat personna non grata

14 June 2007, 16:50 AEST

The office of the prime minister for Fiji's interim Government has declared "deep regret and reluctance" at its decision to declare New Zealands's High Commissioner to Fiji Michael Green Persona Non-Grata.

Lawyer endorses engagement, not isolation

14 June 2007, 16:49 AEST

A recent conference on relations between Fiji and New Zealand called for more dialogue and less confrontation.

Foreign Minister deplores explusion of Fiji High Comm

14 June 2007, 16:47 AEST

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters says he's sought an explanation from Fiji's interim foreign minister but hasn't received a reason for the expulsion.

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