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.


Possible police brutality under investigation

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Three Tongan police personnel have been suspended pending an investigation over allegations of brutality.

Momase Governors'Council gives bio-diesel plant the go-ahead

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Momase region is to have the country's first bio-diesel processing plant.

Australia provides funding to tackle disease

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Australia has pledged to provide up to six million US dollars towards medical research in Papua New Guinea over the next five years.

Swains sovereignty not disputed in international law

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Tokelau may face very serious problems if it seriously intends to lay claim to Swains Island, according to an expert in international law.

Rescue effort continues in Solomon Islands

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

Campbell Cooney, our Pacific Correspondent flew off to the Solomon Islands over the weekend.

Government raises concerns over gold mine sale

10 April 2007, 10:22 AEST

The fate of Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine is still uncertain, with the government expressing reservations about the company which wants to buy it.

GG says aid efforts must be appreciated

5 April 2007, 16:07 AEST

Solomon Islands Governor General, Sir Nathaniel Waena says the difficulties in getting aid into the tsunami devastated areas of the country must be appreciated.

Tsunami awareness saves lives

5 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Hawaii's Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says awareness of conditions immediately prior to the tsunami may have saved lives in Solomon Islands.

New diplomatic hurdles loom with Australia

5 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Aid from non-government organisations has started to arrive in the worst hit areas of Solomon Islands following Monday's Tsunami.

Medical staff working under trying conditions

5 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Doctors in Gizo are now trying to contain a diarrhoea outbreak with limited medical supplies from a make shift hospital.

Another journalist arrested

5 April 2007, 16:04 AEST

Now to another part of the Pacific, a second senior reporter with Tonga's pro-democracy movement newspaper, the Kele'a, has been arrested and charged with defamation.

Aid on the way to Solomon Islands

5 April 2007, 12:04 AEST

Australia is contributing to the relief effort in Solomon Islands.

Tsunami victims depressed

5 April 2007, 12:04 AEST

In Solomon Islands, barely three days on from the tsunami, stories are beginning to emerge that more could and should be done by officials to assist victims.

SOLOMONS; Social service groups aid relief effort

5 April 2007, 10:32 AEST

Solomons' social service groups have begun organising their own assistance for the Western Province.

Update on the latest situation

5 April 2007, 10:32 AEST

Pacific Correspondent Sean Dorney is in the Solomons and spoke to the Australia Network from Munda.

SOLOMONS:residents fear more quakes

4 April 2007, 16:10 AEST

On Gizo, many residents who've lost their homes are sleeping in the open as the island continues to be shaken.

Refugees disappointed with aid

4 April 2007, 16:10 AEST

A father of four has told how he grabbed his wife and four children and fled with the rest of his village to higher ground to escape the tsunami.

People waiting for relief supplies

4 April 2007, 16:10 AEST

The Western Province Disaster Committee in Solomon Islands says most of the people on the earthquake tsunami devastated islands have still not received any emergency relief supplies.

refugees describe tough conditions

4 April 2007, 10:34 AEST

Pacific Beat has managed to get through to a public telephone box on the island of Gizo, badly damged in the earthquake and tsunami.

Escapes full force of typhoon Kong Rey

3 April 2007, 16:51 AEST

Residents in Guam and CNMI can now breathe a sigh of relief as Typhoon Kong Rey has been down graded in some of the islands.

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