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.


elects new speaker in close vote

16 April 2007, 11:06 AEST

French Polynesia finally has a Speaker of the Assembly, but it took three rounds of voting before Edouard Fritch was able to secure the position.

TONGA:Chinese loan criticised by pro-democracy movement

16 April 2007, 11:06 AEST

A bid by the Tongan government to secure a big loan from China has been criticised by the Kingdom's pro-democracy movement.

Emergency laws extended again

13 April 2007, 16:17 AEST

Tonga's government has again extended emergency regulations for another 30 days.

Ship runs aground off Gizo

13 April 2007, 16:17 AEST

Now to Gizo in Solomon islands Western province where the news just keeps getting worse in the tusnmai earthquake ravaged islands.

US denied a meeting with Interim PM

13 April 2007, 16:17 AEST

A senior United States official has been in Fiji this week to explain Washington's position on the military coup.

Rabuka says toothless tiger not a security threat

13 April 2007, 16:17 AEST

Fiji's former coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka was surprised by the announcment by the interim leader Commodore Bainimarama to suspend the Great Council of Chiefs.

Ousted PM says GCC ban will plunge country into crisis

13 April 2007, 16:17 AEST

Fiji's ousted prime minister Laisenia Qarase says the decision by the interim government to declare the Great Council of Chiefs a security threat has taken the country another step away from democracy towards a military dictatorship.

Interim PM says GCC is a security threat

13 April 2007, 13:33 AEST

Fiji's Interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in an address to the nation has declared the Great Council of Chiefs a security threat.

US military joins relief effort

13 April 2007, 13:33 AEST

The United States Military has deployed a team to help with the Tsunami relief effort in Solomon Islands.

Premier's family homeless after disaster

13 April 2007, 10:36 AEST

The Premier of Solomon Islands' Western Province and his family are among the thousands left homeless after last week's disaster.

Concern over heat for world cup final qualifier

12 April 2007, 16:26 AEST

Concern over the extreme heat is causing controversy at the women's World Cup qualifiers in Papua New Guinea.

Hokule'a voyages to Japan

12 April 2007, 16:25 AEST

For the first time ever, voyaging canoes from Hawaii and Micronesia are about to visit Japan.

Radonga's dramatic two metre rise

12 April 2007, 13:08 AEST

The island of Ranonga in Solomon Islands' Western Province has somewhat dramatically lifted two metres out of the sea after last weeks earthquake.

Call to recognise rights of HIV sufferers

12 April 2007, 13:07 AEST

Pacific Island governments are meeting in Auckland this week to identify what legislation is required in their nations to preserve the human rights of people with HIV.

Government wants Aust/NZ travel bans modified

12 April 2007, 10:34 AEST

Fiji's military-backed interim government wants Australia and New Zealand to lift restrictions on granting visas to relatives of its officials.

Chiefs meet to endorse vice President

11 April 2007, 17:01 AEST

Fiji's council of chiefs will meet again tomorrow to decide whether to endorse the President's nomination for vice president.

Climate change refugees could target Aust & NZ

11 April 2007, 16:10 AEST

Australia and New Zealand could find themselves the targets of a wave of Pacific island people fleeing the effects of rising sea levels.

Australian doctor criticises relief effort

11 April 2007, 16:09 AEST

An Australian doctor working at Gizo Hospital in Solomon Islands when the earthquake and tsunami struck last week, has criticised the official emergency response to the crisis.

Recovery effort slow after tsunami

11 April 2007, 13:33 AEST

It's over a week since the Western province of Solomon Islands was hit by a massive earthquake and Tsunami.

Gizo open for business

11 April 2007, 11:31 AEST

We begin today's program in Gizo, Solomon Islands where we are joined on-line now by our Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney.

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