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.


Reports of troops being deployed on streets from midnight

29 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

Well Wednesday has been a day of contrasts in Fiji politics.

Hope prevails after crisis talks

29 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

A meeting between Fiji's prime minister Laisenia Qarase and military commander Frank Bainimarama took place in New Zealand on Wednesday.

Foreign Affairs Minister says Fiji talks a good start

29 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

The New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters who organised and mediated Wednesday's talks says they were a good start, but what happens next is now up to Prime Minister Quarase and Commodore Bainimarama.

Defence force and police accused of abuse

29 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

Tongan police and defence personnel are being accused of brutally beating those in custody over this month's rioting in the capital, Nuku'alofa.

Property development causes concern

29 November 2006, 13:54 AEDT

While the people of Vanuatu are mostly glad to see tourists and business people in their country spending money, one group is making itself very unpopular.

New malaria study all the buzz

29 November 2006, 12:06 AEDT

UNICEF estimates that malaria kills a child every 30 seconds.

Concern about doubling of cancer & heart disease

29 November 2006, 12:06 AEDT

Health has been high on the agenda in Fiji this month in particular the prevention of non-communicable diseases or N-C-D.

What do the people think?

28 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

With so many variables at play in Fiji at the moment over the current political standoff between the government and militar, the question on many people's minds, is a military coup possible.

Brokers peace talks between government and military

28 November 2006, 16:51 AEDT

It seems that New Zealand has played an important role in brokering this latest round of peace talks scheduled for tomorrow in Wellington.

PM flies to New Zealand to meet with Bainimarama

28 November 2006, 16:51 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase flew to New Zealand this afternoon to hold crisis talks with military commander Frank Bainimarama.

Campaigners say Saipan doesn't suck

28 November 2006, 13:59 AEDT

Five years ago an anti-CNMI website was set up, reportedly by a disgruntled former CNMI public servant.

Bill to abolish Election Commission introduced

28 November 2006, 13:57 AEDT

Hot on the heels of the general election of November 7 in Guam, a new bill abolishing the Election Commission has been tabled in the legislature.

Local Tongan upset about riots

28 November 2006, 12:39 AEDT

American Samoa is home to close to two thousand Tongans.

Government confident about economic growth

28 November 2006, 12:39 AEDT

The Vanuatu government is confident the country's economy will grow by more than 4 per cent in the next financial year.

What are Commodore Bainimarama's plans?

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

The man at the centre of the political unrest in Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama is still in New Zealand where it is reported he has had top secret meetings with Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

Foreign ministers to discuss Fiji coup concerns

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

The Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum are to gather in Sydney on Friday to discuss the threat of a military coup in Fiji.

No sign of five former Fijian soldiers

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, there's still no sign of the five former Fijian soldiers involved in a gun fight in Bougainville's rebel zone last week.

Guadalcanal serious about seceding

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

Solomon Islands' Guadalcanal Province is already making moves to secede if the country does not adopt a Federal system of government by 2008.

Cabinet working to rebuild Nuku'alofa

27 November 2006, 17:21 AEDT

In Tonga, a report released prior to the riots warned the government that trouble was brewing.

Governor douses tsunami evacuation fears

27 November 2006, 13:58 AEDT

The Governor of Guam has moved to douse fears that the island's tsunami warning plans are inadequate.

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