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.


Campaigners say Saipan doesn't suck

28 November 2006, 13:59 AEDT

Five years ago an anti-CNMI website was set up, reportedly by a disgruntled former CNMI public servant.

Bill to abolish Election Commission introduced

28 November 2006, 13:57 AEDT

Hot on the heels of the general election of November 7 in Guam, a new bill abolishing the Election Commission has been tabled in the legislature.

Local Tongan upset about riots

28 November 2006, 12:39 AEDT

American Samoa is home to close to two thousand Tongans.

Government confident about economic growth

28 November 2006, 12:39 AEDT

The Vanuatu government is confident the country's economy will grow by more than 4 per cent in the next financial year.

What are Commodore Bainimarama's plans?

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

The man at the centre of the political unrest in Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama is still in New Zealand where it is reported he has had top secret meetings with Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

Foreign ministers to discuss Fiji coup concerns

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

The Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum are to gather in Sydney on Friday to discuss the threat of a military coup in Fiji.

No sign of five former Fijian soldiers

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, there's still no sign of the five former Fijian soldiers involved in a gun fight in Bougainville's rebel zone last week.

Guadalcanal serious about seceding

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

Solomon Islands' Guadalcanal Province is already making moves to secede if the country does not adopt a Federal system of government by 2008.

Cabinet working to rebuild Nuku'alofa

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

In Tonga, a report released prior to the riots warned the government that trouble was brewing.

Governor douses tsunami evacuation fears

27 November 2006, 13:58 AEDT

The Governor of Guam has moved to douse fears that the island's tsunami warning plans are inadequate.

Entombed bodies still unidentified

27 November 2006, 12:35 AEDT

A full week after the civil unrest in Tonga, the six people who perished remain unidentified.

Government gets tough with illegal foreign workers

27 November 2006, 12:34 AEDT

The Solomon Islands is cracking down on foreign workers who it believes are exploiting the worker permit system.

Nations fail to cash in on global economic growth

27 November 2006, 12:34 AEDT

Australia's neighbours in the Pacific have failed to cash in on global economic growth, with most of the Pacific Island economies either stagnating or declining over the last thirty years.

Oil leakage fears from WW2 ships dismissed

27 November 2006, 12:34 AEDT

A World War Two historian on the Battle of Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands has dismissed reports of a threat of oil leakage from war wrecks in the sea off Guadalcanal.

El Nino could see winter drop in water levels

24 November 2006, 15:51 AEDT

Residents in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have been told to watch their water usage over the coming few months.

ABG denies funding armed operation

24 November 2006, 15:08 AEDT

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has rejected allegations that it funded an armed operation against rebels in South Bougainville last Tuesday.

Police commissioner rejects calls for his resignation

24 November 2006, 14:41 AEDT

In Fiji Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes has dismissed calls by the country's military for his resignation.

Australia believes military coup is now likely

24 November 2006, 14:41 AEDT

Australia's Foreign Minister says it is highly likely there will be a military coup in Fiji.

Confusion reins over military's motives

24 November 2006, 14:41 AEDT

In Fiji, confusion reins today as to exactly what the military's motives are for refusing to talk about its differences with the government.

Australian help requested to contain mounting violence

24 November 2006, 14:40 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville government is seeking help from the Australian Federal Police to curb growing unrest on the island.

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