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.


Interim PM places travel ban on Australia and NZ PMS

2 February 2007, 16:48 AEDT

It's been revealed that Fiji's interim prime minister and coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama has barred the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, and the foreign ministers of both countries from entering Fiji.

Kiwi's delighted by arrival of Fiji's Rugby Sevens

2 February 2007, 16:35 AEDT

Fiji appears to have sidestepped the impact of post-coup sporting sanctions judging by the reception its all-conquering Sevens rugby team has received over the past few days in New Zealand.

Suspended governor upset at gas project loss

2 February 2007, 16:35 AEDT

The suspended governor of Papua New Guinea's resource rich Southern Highlands province is upset at Oil Search's decision to ''scrap'' the proposed multi-billion dollar PNG Gas project.

Foster receives jail term

2 February 2007, 16:35 AEDT

After weeks of delays and adjournments, Australian conman Peter Foster has received a jail term for illegally entering Vanuatu in the middle of January.

Fisherman wrestles shark

2 February 2007, 13:02 AEDT

In New Caledonia, a fisherman who became the bait for a Tiger Shark has told his brave, yet unusual story of survival.

Inquiry Chair says Honiara witnesses are crucial

2 February 2007, 13:02 AEDT

A Papua New Guinea Defence Force board of Inquiry into the escape of Australian lawyer, Julian Moti, from PNG to Solomon Islands last year, has appealed to the Solomon Islands government to allow it to carry out investigations there.

Manukau Council gets go-ahead to help Nuku'alofa

2 February 2007, 13:02 AEDT

New Zealand's Manukau City Council has voted in favour of a plan by the Mayor to send town planning staff to Tonga to aid in rebuilding efforts.

EPG reaching end of its mission

1 February 2007, 17:02 AEDT

To Fiji now, where the Pacific Islands Forum-appointed Eminent Persons Group is coming to the end of its mission.

First parliamentary sitting for 2007

1 February 2007, 17:02 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Parliament started its first sitting of the year this morning without incident.

Gas Pipeline to Australia axed

1 February 2007, 17:02 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea to Queensland gas pipeline has been axed with the lead partner, Oil Search, announcing it will suspend work turning instead to developing Liquid Natural Gas and petrochemical projects.

Deposed PM briefs Forum's Eminent Persons Group

1 February 2007, 17:02 AEDT

The Pacific Islands Forum-appointed Eminent Persons Group met with Fiji's deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, at his home village in the Lau Group on Thursday.

Petition to protest against military expansion

1 February 2007, 12:42 AEDT

Activists in Guam have created an online petition protesting against the planned relocation of up to eight thousand US military troops from Japan to the US Territory.

Locals tortured over fishing rights

1 February 2007, 11:32 AEDT

In Papua province, 14 people trying to protect their scarce marine resources from commercial fishing companies have apparently been severely tortured, one of them to death.

Blockage of PNGDF Inquiry visit

31 January 2007, 16:59 AEDT

The Solomon Islands government is maintaining that the PNG Defence Force Board of Inquiry's jurisdiction does not extend to Solomon Islands.

EPG hears allegations of human rights abuses

31 January 2007, 16:59 AEDT

The Pacific Islands Forum's Eminent Person's Group has been holding more meetings with interest groups in Fiji.

Women upset at plans to re-arm police

31 January 2007, 16:59 AEDT

In Solomon Islands some women have taken to the airwaves to fight plans to re-arm part of the country's police force.

Committee set up to help foreign investors

31 January 2007, 16:59 AEDT

Fiji's interim government has set up a top-level committee to look into difficulties being experienced by foreign investors.

Government lawyers strike a pay deal

31 January 2007, 10:47 AEDT

Government lawyers and magistrates in Solomon Islands have called off their plan to strike over better remuneration.

Congressman to chair influential US committee

30 January 2007, 16:41 AEDT

American Samoa's representative in Washington says his elevation to the chairmanship of an influential sub-committee doesn't mean he will stop speaking out on Pacific issues.

EPG meet anti-government NGOs

30 January 2007, 16:41 AEDT

The Pacific Island Forum Eminent Persons' Group is continuing its meetings with representatives of a wide variety of community and political groups in Fiji.

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