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.


Pro-democracy demonstration planned

5 December 2005, 14:32 AEST

Pro-democracy activists in Tonga intend to mark Monday as a national day of protest.

Government strengthened as no-confidence vote fails

5 December 2005, 14:32 AEST

The Ham Lini led Government in Vanuatu has not only survived the latest attempt to topple it but emerged from last Thursday's political challenge in a marginally stronger position.

Hotel boom could create thousands of new jobs

5 December 2005, 14:32 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, will open a new 300-room Sofitel resort on Denarau Island near Nadi, later this month.

Maori host indigenous education conference

5 December 2005, 14:32 AEST

Educators from many of the world's native peoples gathered in New Zealand last week for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.

Thousands of strikers take to the streets

2 December 2005, 16:03 AEST

The indefinite general strike in French Polynesia has moved into its second day, as the local-government Assembly debates its controversial 2006 budget.

Opposition defeats bills in late-night sitting

2 December 2005, 15:37 AEST

Fiji's parliamentarians worked late on Thursday night, trying to wind up as much business as possible before going into recess for the year.

Police Mobile Units to disband until investigation

2 December 2005, 15:37 AEST

Radio Australia's Papua New Guinea correspondent, Steve Marshall, joins Pacific Beat for his regular review of issues affecting the country.

Chiefs want higher rent to tackle indigenous poverty

2 December 2005, 13:11 AEST

Fiji's Native Land Trust Board is once again under pressure to impose higher rent on land that's being leased out by the Board on behalf of traditional owners.

Fijians being questioned over their presence on Bougainville

2 December 2005, 13:11 AEST

The two Fiji ex-servicemen who have left the no-go zone on Bougainville are now in Port Moresby, where they are being interviewed by police, immigration and trans-national crime unit official.

President pleased with aid round-table outcome

1 December 2005, 16:09 AEST

On Nauru, the government of President Ludwig Scotty Government is pleased with the outcome of its first round-table meeting with aid donors, held yesterday on the island.

HIV-Aids epidemic now affects one in every hundred

1 December 2005, 15:26 AEST

The government of Australia says HIV-AIDS in Papua New Guinea has now reached epidemic proportions, with one per cent of PNG's adults - that's 60,000 people - infected with the virus.

Central Honiara residents wake up to a blaze

1 December 2005, 14:31 AEST

The residents of the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, had an exciting beginning to the working day on Thursday.

Vaima'anga Hotel landowners paid by developer

1 December 2005, 12:52 AEST

A long-delayed hotel project has had to face the Italian mafia, international money launderers, a NZ$120 million debt blowout and a Japanese investor later arrested for fraud.

Slip of tongue could point to President's exit strategy

1 December 2005, 12:52 AEST

An off-the-cuff remark at an official function by Fiji President Ratu Josefa Iloilo has led many to believe the country's head of state may step down as early as next March.

Wenge wants government to get tough on squatters

1 December 2005, 12:52 AEST

One of Papua New Guinea's most outspoken politicians has renewed his challenged to authorities to deal with illegal settlements and growing law and order problems.

Stock Exchange hits billion-dollar milestone

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

The South Pacific Stock Exchange has reached a new milestone, with the market capitalisation of its 16 listed companies topping F$1 billion, that's over A$ 700 million.

Government won't negotiate with doctors

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

A post-mortem is underway in Samoa to determine whether Friday's march in support of striking public service doctors was a success or a failure.

Fiji and Tonga could take reef dispute to UN

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

Tonga and Fiji have several options available to them if they want to resolve their dispute over just who owns the Minerva Reef, which lies to the south of both countries.

Former Fiji military chief stands by 'mercenaries'

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

A prominent former chief of Fiji's armed forces, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, has come out in support of a group of former soldiers now working on Bougainville.

'We need a change in attitude', president tells donors

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

A round-table meeting of international donors agencies is underway in Nauru today [Wednesday], with representatives from eight country and a number of international bodies.

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