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.


Political uncertainty with leader to be chosen next week

27 April 2006, 15:10 AEST

Solomon Islands won't have a new Prime Minister until probably next Thursday.

Concerns over how new Australian aid will be spent

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

An Australian not-for-profit group which monitors Australia's Aid acitivitie says it has concerns about how new aid money will be spent in the region.

UPP leader suspicious of electoral roll problems

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

The leader of Fiji's United People's Party, Mick Beddoes, says he's suspicious about the number of people who should be on the General voters' electoral roll who are having difficulty switch from the Fijian roll.

The rise and fall of Snyder Rini - in eight days

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

"The Rise And Fall Of Snyder Rini" would be a very short book.

Why 10,000 people may want jobs in Australia

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

Non-government organisations in Vanuatu are disappointed by comments made by Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, during his trip to Port Vila last week.

Prime Minister to face challenge for party leadership

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, will face a challenge on his leadership of the National Alliance party on Friday.

Labour Party warns of perception that RAMSI supported Rini

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

The President of the Solomon Islands Labor Party, who lost his seat in the recent election, says there is still a danger that the Australian-led assistance mission could be seen as having backed the now departed Snyder Rini.

Australia sets out 10-year regional aid strategy

26 April 2006, 15:41 AEST

Australia has set out its aid policy toward the South Pacific for the next 10 years in a policy White Paper on aid.

Prime Minister quits in day of high political drama

26 April 2006, 15:35 AEST

It's s been a day of high drama inside and outside the Solomon Islands parliament.

PNG to assist with ethnic Chinese evacuation

26 April 2006, 13:47 AEST

Papua New Guinea says it's happy to help China evacuate over 250 ethnic Chinese who are fleeing the violence in Solomon Islands.

Plantation arson allegations on Russell Island

26 April 2006, 13:47 AEST

Violence connected with the elections in Solomon Islands has spread outside the capital with two alleged incidents of arson at the Russell Island Plantation - a venture managed by ICSL, a company owned by Australian businessman, Patrick Wong.

Courts process MP's riot charges in fiery hearing

25 April 2006, 14:44 AEST

Solomon Islands is today slowly returning to normality, with the courts now processing charges related to last Thursday's Chinatown riots and Parliament nominating former prime minister Allan Kemakeza as deputy speaker.

Government to seek legal opinion on military's outspokenness

25 April 2006, 13:33 AEST

In the lead-up to Fiji's May general elections, the government and the military remain at loggerheads over the role the military is legally entitled to play.

Anzac day ceremonies pay tribute to WW2 Maori battalion

25 April 2006, 13:29 AEST

Today, both Australia and New Zealand celebrate Anzac Day, which marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand troops in the course of the First World War.

Environmental lawyer recognised by international award

25 April 2006, 9:45 AEST

An environmental lawyer from Papua New Guinea is today - that's Monday local time - receiving a major international award in the United States in recognition for her tireless efforts to protect the forests.

Premier says no sign of tension on Malaita

25 April 2006, 9:45 AEST

While police and troops mount guard on the streets of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara, there's been relatively little trouble reported in neighbouring Malaita Province.

Australia urges leaders to fight corruption

25 April 2006, 9:45 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has just returned from his visit last week to both Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Police strengthen security to avoid further rioting

25 April 2006, 8:56 AEST

Australian soldiers and police provided extraordinary security at the Solomon Islands Parliament on Monday to ensure that there was no recurrence of the riots that followed the election last week of the Prime Minister Snyder Rini.

Australia urges leaders to combat corruption

24 April 2006, 15:25 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has just returned from his visit last week to Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

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