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.


Minister demands his resignation be accepted

11 April 2006, 14:41 AEST

In French Polynesia, politician Hiro Tefaarere has resorted to the courts to force President Oscar Temaru to accept his resignation as minister for small and medium businesses.

OPM looks to change Pacific attitude to independence

11 April 2006, 14:41 AEST

Separatists from the Indonesian province of Papua are hoping Pacific island nations will make their cause an international issues.

Parties nominated for central, western and northern divisions

11 April 2006, 14:41 AEST

Fiji moved another step closer to its national elections today, with all parties who will be running in the poll nominated today in some areas.

ADB predicts higher growth in 2006 and 2007

10 April 2006, 14:01 AEST

Pacific Island economies are set for higher growth in 2006 and 2007, according to the Asian Development Bank.

Vandalism and roadblocks shut down nickel project

10 April 2006, 11:58 AEST

A major nickel project in New Caledonia has shut down much of its operations, in the wake of vandalism and violence between Kanak activists and riot police.

Deportation of illegal foreigners could spark fresh cris

10 April 2006, 11:58 AEST

Bougainville leaders have warned the recent decision to allow two controversial foreigners to leave Papua New Guinea could incite a fresh rebellion on the island.

No clear winner with last results to be declared soon

10 April 2006, 11:58 AEST

With only a few seats remaining to be officially declared in the Solomon Islands election, there is no clear winner.

New study attacks decision to award US aid package

10 April 2006, 11:58 AEST

An Australian think tank has criticised the awarding of a five year, US$89 million funding package to Vanuatu by the US government's Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Academic identifies big oppportunities for indigenous business

10 April 2006, 11:58 AEST

Five World Trade Organisation-compatible industries in Fiji could create more than 100,000 jobs in the next ten years.

Pacific-China summit ends on high note for regional leaders

7 April 2006, 15:12 AEST

In Fiji, the first-ever Chinese summit with the Pacific saw the regions leaders leave with a bag full of promises from the superpower.

More sitting MPs than expected retain their seats in poll

7 April 2006, 14:35 AEST

Counting is well underway from Solomon Island's Wednesday elections and the results are now known in around half the seats.

Chinese leader in New Zealand, as part of Pacific tour

7 April 2006, 13:30 AEST

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is continuing his swing through the region.

Emergency measures in place to fight cocoa parasite

7 April 2006, 13:30 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government has stepped up efforts to control a destructive cocoa parasite, which could spell disaster for PNG's cocoa industry.

Wage-cut bill exempts some government employees

7 April 2006, 13:30 AEST

With the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas facing a dire economic situation, the legislature has drafted two bills - one for the Senate and one for the House of Representatives - to cut the wages of government workers by 10 per cent.

China announces trade and aid concessions in Pacific summit

6 April 2006, 15:39 AEST

Relations between China and eight Pacific island countries hit a milestone this week with the convening in Fiji of their inaugural summit.

Counting underway after Wednesday's poll

6 April 2006, 15:39 AEST

Counting is now underway in the Solomon Islands elections.

Chinese Premier Wen builds influence in region

6 April 2006, 13:14 AEST

Wen Jiabao has made a landmark visit to Fiji - becoming the first ever Chinese premier to visit the Pacific Island.

PM to pursue defamation claims against opposition leaders

6 April 2006, 13:14 AEST

In Samoa, less than a week after the ruling HRPP party won in the general election by a clear majority, caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has instructed his attorney-general to proceed with defamation cases relating to the campaign.

Advocate says more asylum-seekers may have left for Australia

6 April 2006, 13:14 AEST

The relationship between Indonesia and Australia was strained even further on Wednesday, with reports of the arrival of another group of asylum-seekers from Indonesia's mainly Melanesian Papua province.

Chinese regional summit focuses on strengthening trade

5 April 2006, 15:42 AEST

Strengthening trade is the theme of the inaugural summit between China and eight Pacific Island countries, which opened in Fiji on Wednesday.

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