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.


PM says eleventh-hour reshuffle was necessary

22 February 2006, 15:31 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says his latest reshuffle of both ministers and departmental heads was necessary for the smooth functioning of the government in its final days.

Papuan activist challenges his attempted deportation

22 February 2006, 14:18 AEST

The court-case involving a Vanuatu-based Papuan independence activist and the government minister who tried - unsuccessfully - to deport him will be back in court on Wednesday for a verdict.

Australia set to strip legislature of powers

22 February 2006, 14:18 AEST

Since 1979, Australia's small Pacific external territory of Norfolk has enjoyed the freedom of self-government.

Sports veteran confident Micro Games can proceed

22 February 2006, 14:18 AEST

One of the founders of the Micronesian Games says he's still hopeful the event will go ahead this year, in spite of the Northern Mariana Islands government backing away from plans to host them.

Australia's opposition calls for new regional emphasis

21 February 2006, 15:41 AEST

Australia's Labor Party says aid policy in the South Pacific should put new emphasis on micro-finance and micro-credit, with a 200-million dollar loan scheme.

Oil Search to invest in gas exploration

21 February 2006, 15:21 AEST

Papua New Guinea company Oil Search is to put over 200 million US dollars in investment into PNG in 2006 - much of it on projects associated with the PNG-to-Queensland gas pipeline.

Call for environmental refugees to relocate to Fiji

21 February 2006, 10:35 AEST

Salinity and rising sea levels caused by climate change have prompted a call for Tuvalu's entire population to be moved to a Fijian Island.

Two major indigenous parties join forces

21 February 2006, 10:35 AEST

The two major partners in Fiji's ruling coalition have joined forces in the lead-up to this year's general election.

Finance Secretary denies financial crisis reports

21 February 2006, 10:35 AEST

Financial authorities in Marshall Islands have denied recent reports suggesting the country is facing a financial crisis.

NZ opposition says referendum outcome sends a message

21 February 2006, 10:35 AEST

The Opposition in New Zealand has praised the voters of Tokelau for rejecting free association with New Zealand, in a referendum held last week.

Emperor to explore for told in PNG and Fiji

20 February 2006, 14:34 AEST

Fiji's Emperor Mines is to invest US$15 million in a new program of gold exploration in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

ANZ claims economic growth best since 1990s

20 February 2006, 8:22 AEST

The latest figures from Vanuatu show the economy is growing at its fastest rate since the mid-1990s.

Abramoff scandal puts spotlight on garment industry

20 February 2006, 8:22 AEST

The United States biggest political scandal in recent years now appears set to move to a remote corner of the Pacific.

Kava producers welcome anti-cancer findings

20 February 2006, 8:22 AEST

Pacific kava producers are ecstatic, after the findings of new scientific research suggested kava may prevent some types of cancer, including leukemia and ovarian cancer.

Police to examine security, money-laundering

20 February 2006, 8:22 AEST

The threat of terrorist activity in Australia has forced a change of venue for the annual meeting of the region's police commissioners.

New figures reveals increase in Pacific immigration

20 February 2006, 8:22 AEST

More Pacific Islanders than ever before are migrating to New Zealand.

Triathlon team prepares for Commonwealth Games

17 February 2006, 13:01 AEST

The Solomon Islands three-man triathlon team, which is to compete at the Commonwealth Games, has moved to the northern Australian state of Queenslands to prepare for its event.

Minister laments Fiji 'protectionism' on corned beef

17 February 2006, 8:56 AEST

Just when you thought the "Ox and Palm" corned beef war between Fiji and Papua New Guinea was over.

Filipinos to work in Goro project

17 February 2006, 8:56 AEST

New Caledonia's multi-million dollar new Goro nickel project is about to launch into its next phase of construction, bringing thousands of Filipino workers to the territory.

NZ disappointed over referendum failure

17 February 2006, 8:38 AEST

New Zealand's plans to help its colony of Tokelau move towards greater indpendence have been scuppered by a referendum held on the three atolls this week.

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