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.

Stories

Asylum seeker penalty for Australia

23 August 2006, 12:03 AEST

The Nauru government has passed a plan that will impose financial penalties on Australia for asylum seekers who are held on the Island for extended periods.

Calls for aid restrictions to be lifted on abortion

22 August 2006, 15:18 AEST

The issue of abortion is again confronting Australia's aid policy in the Asia Pacific.

Women with no brothers can now inherit family land

22 August 2006, 15:18 AEST

Tonga's Prime Minister says a law change enabling Tongan women to inherit their father's land doesn't necessarily mean more changes are coming.

Japanese tourist numbers fall dramatically

22 August 2006, 11:41 AEST

The number of Japanese tourists visiting the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has fallen by 21 per cent over the past year.

Calls for sackings over death of Indonesian fishermen

22 August 2006, 11:41 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the diplomatic situation between PNG and Indonesia is still tense following the recent fatal shooting of an Indonesian fisherman in the country's Sandaun province.

Prime Minister seeking court ruling

22 August 2006, 11:41 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has started legal proceedings for a court ruling to confirm the actions he has taken so far in the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the April riots in Honiara.

Maori leaders choose successor to Maori Queen

21 August 2006, 16:59 AEST

Maori leaders have chosen a successor to the Maori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu who was buried on Monday in one of the biggest funerals in New Zealand in a generation.

World Trade Organisation says the nation should remain a member

21 August 2006, 16:59 AEST

Tonga is being encouraged to ignore calls to pull out of the World Trade Organisation.

The nation's gas project with Australia suffers major set back

21 August 2006, 10:56 AEST

The Papua New Guinea to Australia gas project has suffered a major blow after one of the project's developers, AGL announced it would cut back its involvement.

Concern continues over the King's health

21 August 2006, 10:56 AEST

There's still a great deal of concern over the health of Tonga's king, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, who is in an Auckland hospital.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group's role defended

21 August 2006, 10:56 AEST

The Solomon Island's Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Jerry Manele is defending the relevance of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Calls for Australia to speed up processing of asylum seekers

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

The Government of Nauru says asylum seekers sent by Australia to the Pacific island nation should be processed quickly and not be left languishing for years.

Residents continue to pray for ailing King

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV remains gravely ill in a New Zealand hospital although palace staff are now describing his condition as "stable".

Commuters affected by ethnic clash in Port Moresby

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

In Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby commuters have been drawn into a bitter ethnic feud, as the owners and drivers of taxis and buses went on strike this morning.

Labour Party's attempt to discipline five members hampered

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

In Fiji, attempts by the leader of the Fiji Labour Party to discipline some senior party members have hit a snag after the members took the matter to court.

Promotion alone won't improve the tourism industry

18 August 2006, 10:54 AEST

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau says the tourism industry can not just rely on marketing alone to improve its performance.

Chinese company to open tuna processing plant

18 August 2006, 10:54 AEST

A Chinese company is planning to open a new tuna processing plant in the Marshall Islands in 2007.

Fiji could host Forum in place of Tonga

18 August 2006, 10:54 AEST

As the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting in Tonga draws nearer, speculation is mounting that the summit may have to be moved out of the kingdom to another venue altogether.

Labour agrees to drop disciplinary action against dissidents

17 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

Lawyers for the Fiji Labour Party have told the High Court that the party has withdrawn disciplinary charges against five dissenting members.

Summit held to address rising drug problem

17 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

Guam is hosting more than 400 Pacific and international law enforcement officials this week to discuss the island's problem with illegal drugs.

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