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.


Fiji's cautionary tale on overfishing

1 February 2006, 8:40 AEST

Vanuatu's fishing industry has been warned it could face depleted fish stocks, if it doesn't learn from Fiji's mistakes with overfishing.

More charges laid over 2004 shooting

1 February 2006, 8:40 AEST

Solomon Islands police have charged a man with two counts of attempted murder, in relation to a shooting involving Australian police in October, 2004.

Convicted parliamentary speaker may lose noble title

1 February 2006, 8:40 AEST

The Speaker of Tonga's parliament may lose his noble title, as well as his job, following his conviction on a bribery charge.

Army chief steps down as rugby union president

31 January 2006, 15:54 AEST

In Fiji, the head of the country's Armed Forces, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, has resigned from his largely ceremonial role as president of the Fiji Rugby Union.

Cyclone Jim causes concern in Solomon Islands

31 January 2006, 15:32 AEST

Cyclone Jim is continuing to track across New Caledonia an is beginning to affect Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Asylum-seekers speaks out on human rights

31 January 2006, 15:32 AEST

The 43 West Papuan asylum seekers who arrived in Northern Australia two weeks ago are now settling in to life on remote Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

Ailing hospital forced to cut working hours

31 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

Administrators at American Samoa's LBJ Hospital have again slashed the ailing institution's operating costs.

Australian senator visits asylum-seekers

31 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

A federal senator from the Australian Greens Party, Kerry Nettle, has spent the weekend on Australia's Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island, visiting a group of Papuan asylum-seekers on the island.

NGOs call for 'interim' seasonal labour scheme

31 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

The peak body of Australian non-government organisations is calling for the government to create an interim seasonal labour scheme, giving Pacific islanders access to Australian jobs.

Cyclone Jim expected to hit on Tuesday

30 January 2006, 16:11 AEST

Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Jim is today [Monday] 870 kilometres northwest of New Caledonia's capital Noumea, and is expected to hit the territory on Tuesday.

Cyclone 'pre elert' declared for Loyalty Islands

30 January 2006, 16:11 AEST

Preparations for the approaching Cyclone Jim in New Caledonia have been in place for some time.

Police confirm reports of cross-border raid

30 January 2006, 16:11 AEST

Bougainville police have confirmed reports that a number of people from the island crossed into Solomon Islands, raiding a logging company and stealing some equipment.

Australia to fund political reform committee

30 January 2006, 16:11 AEST

Australia and New Zealand have announced they will be giving a significant amount of financial support to a Tongan parliamentary committee on political reform.

Greens want government to accept Papuan asylum-seekers

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

New Zealand's Green Party wants the country to offer to take some of the 43 Papuan asylum-seekers currently having their applications processed by Australia.

Report calls for Australia to accept seasonal workers

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

Australia will have to open its doors to tens of thousands of unskilled migrants from the Pacific Islands, according to a report commissioned for the Australian government's white paper on its aid program.

Asylum-seekers to meet Australian lawyers

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

A group of Papuan asylum seekers being held on Christmas Island were expected to meet their lawyers for the first time over the weekend.

Micronesian challenge to protect the environment

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

The Island states of Micronesia have issued a joint proposal, called the "Micronesia Challenge", daring the International community to conserve water and land resources.

Former premier Hannett elected as new governor

27 January 2006, 15:07 AEST

The people of Bougainville are today celebrating the election of the island's new Governor, after the successful candidate was declared winner early this morning.

Opposition wants a better deal for garment exports

27 January 2006, 15:07 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader was in Australia on Friday in a bid to get a fairer deal for his country's textile and clothing industry.

Local idiom recognised by Fiji English dictionary

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

If you are in search of alcohol and you enter a "grog-shop" in Fiji, you may be disappointed.

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