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

Palm Oil jobs for Malaita on track

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEST

Plans to create thousands of new jobs in the palm oil industry on Malaita, in Solomon Islands, are on track, with land registration almost complete.

NZ warns Tonga of greater scrutiny

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEST

New Zealand has warned Tonga that it will pay greater attention to the Kingdom's affairs in future, according to the chairman of a parliamentary inquiry into New Zealand-Tonga relations.

Young rebels choose books over guns

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEST

After weeks of bad press, finally some positive news has emerged from Papua New Guinea's troubled autonomous province of Bougainville.

Deported security guards return from Solomon Islands

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEST

Eleven former Fiji soldiers deported from Solomon Islands this week are now back home.

Commercial satellite launch this Saturday

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEST

Over the weekend, a 21-meter tall, two-stage rocket was set to blast off from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall islands, in what's hoped to be the opening of a new chapter in space exploration.

Parliamentary debate on controversial bill deferred

10 February 2006, 13:55 AEST

In Fiji, the long-awaited debate of the controversial "Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity" Bill will not take place when parliament resumes on Monday.

Border agreement reached with Solomon Islands

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEST

Border controls between Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have been strengthened, following a meeting between the two countries' foreign ministers last week.

Government won't meet with rebel leader

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEST

The Autonomous Bougainville Government says it won't meet with failed businessman Noah Musingku.

Daily Post vows not to give in to bomb scares

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEST

The offices of Fiji's Daily Post newspaper were evacuated briefly on Friday, after a bomb threat was received.

Commercial satellite launch this Saturday

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEST

This Saturday, a 21-meter tall, two-stage rocket blasts off from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall islands, in what's hoped to be the opening of a new chapter in space exploration.

Judge orders closure of prison 'dark cells'

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Court has ordered the closure of the so-called ''dark cells'' used to discipline convicts and remandees within PNG's jails.

Developers warned not to demolish buildings

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEST

The Vanuatu Cultural Centre is warning developers they face prosecution if they damage or demolish any building listed as being of historic significance.

NZ foreign minister meets with military chief

9 February 2006, 11:42 AEST

New Zealand's newly appointed Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, has defended his meeting with Fiji's controversial military chief.

Women angered by chiefly gender bill

9 February 2006, 11:42 AEST

Women leaders in Marshall Islands are up in arms over a bill which is being debated by the parliament, the Nitijela, which would ban women from holding chiefly titles.

Lost world of environmental riches now found

9 February 2006, 11:42 AEST

Paradise, it seems, could be closer than we thought.

Arson feared in palm oil headquarters fire

9 February 2006, 11:42 AEST

The newly built office that was to be the headquarters for the rehabilitated Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Estate in Solomon Islands has been burnt down.

Locals welcome hosting of World Hindi Conference

9 February 2006, 11:42 AEST

Fiji could be hosting an international conference on the Hindi language worldwide at the end of the year or early next year.

Disgraced speaker stripped of noble title

9 February 2006, 10:51 AEST

Tonga's parliamentary speaker, Veikune, has been stripped of his noble title as well as his seat in parliament, after being found guilty of bribery and evasion of customs duty.

Police unable to prosecute deported ex servicemen

8 February 2006, 14:51 AEST

Eleven of the 12 Fijian nationals detained on immigration charges in Solomon Islands earlier this week have now been deported to Fiji.

Former Congressman wants clarity on Abramoff affair

8 February 2006, 13:22 AEST

One of the United States' biggest political scandals in recent years is starting to take on a very Pacific flavour, with the fall-out from the Abramoff scandal now hitting the remote US territory of Guam.

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