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.


Action needed to halt abuse of children

31 July 2007, 16:05 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the Anglican Church, known as the Church of Melanesia is calling on the government to take urgent action to deal with sexual abuse of children near logging camps.

Govenment hints pro-democracy paper could face charges

31 July 2007, 16:05 AEST

The Tongan government is accusing a pro-democracy newspaper of running a hate campaign against the prime minister, Doctor Fred Sevele.

Prime minister sacks errant MP's

31 July 2007, 11:30 AEST

Vanuatu's prime minister Ham Lini has sacked two political parties from the coalition government for indiscretions by their leaders.

Pacific finalises position on EU trade deal

30 July 2007, 16:14 AEST

Pacific island countries are finalising their position on an economic partnership agreement with Europe in Vanuatu this week.

Election tipped before end of the year

30 July 2007, 16:12 AEST

The people of French Polynesia face the possibility of going to the polls before the end of the year.

PM tells nurses only one percent pay restored

30 July 2007, 16:12 AEST

Fiji's interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama has told the Fiji Nursing Association that no further consideration will be given to the restoration of the full five percent pay cut imposed ealier this year.

Deadline passes writs not declared

30 July 2007, 16:12 AEST

Bad weather in some parts of Papua New Guinea has caused a delay in the return of writs for the 2007 general election.

Sir Michael Somare set to form new government

30 July 2007, 13:30 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission has declared results in 97 of the 109 parliamentary seats.

Changes needed to get women into parliament

30 July 2007, 13:29 AEST

A Papua New Guinea academic says the poor performance by women candidates in the national election should not discourage more women from contesting future elections.

Investigation into microchips for HIV patients

30 July 2007, 13:27 AEST

A working party in Papua is considering ways of using micro-chip implants in HIV infected patients to track their movments.

HIV ARV drugs coverage by 2010

30 July 2007, 13:24 AEST

The Papua New Guinea health department plans to have anti-retroviral drugs or ARVs available to HIV-AIDS sufferers throughout the country by 2010.

NZ-based militant warns of another 16/11 riot

27 July 2007, 16:15 AEST

A militant Tongan pro-democracy activist in Auckland has warned last year's November riots which destroyed much of central Nukualofa could be repeated.

PM meets Guadalcanal Province leaders.

27 July 2007, 15:50 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manesseh Sogavare has met members of the Guadalcanal Provincial Executive to discuss concerns raised by the people of the province.

Sir Michael Somare has the numbers

27 July 2007, 15:49 AEST

In Papua New Guinea Sir Michael Somare has declared he has the numbers to form the next government.

Honey producer wins US Food and Drug Admin approval

27 July 2007, 13:47 AEST

New Zealand honey producer, Comvita has won approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration to market its manuka honey for the treatment of burns and wounds.

Mobile company to keep operating

26 July 2007, 16:21 AEST

PNG's Minister for Telecommunications Arthur Somare has defied the courts by ordering the cancellation of the licence to operate of new mobile phone company, Digicel.

Major players vie to form new government

26 July 2007, 16:20 AEST

The political games are underway in Papua New Guinea with the major parties trying to entice smaller parties and independent candidates to join them to form the country's next Government.

Convicted rapist wins parliamentary seat

26 July 2007, 16:18 AEST

A former Papua New Guinea Governor convicted of rape has been re-elected to the PNG Parliament.

Guns compensation to be discussed.

26 July 2007, 15:53 AEST

Talks are to be held in Solomon Islands to examine paying compensation to legitimate firearm owners who surrendered their guns as part of the peace process.

Health dangers of chewing betel nut

26 July 2007, 15:52 AEST

The popular Pacific past time of chewing Betel nut has come under scrutiny in a new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, or SPC.

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