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.


Corruption Commission preparing to charge prominent broadcaster

23 July 2007, 16:12 AEST

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption says investigations are continuing into two high profile cases involving ousted prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and former Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Chief Executive Francis Herman.

VANUATU:Regional trade meetings underway

23 July 2007, 16:11 AEST

The first of a series of regional trade meetings begins today in the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila.

hosting several regional meetings

23 July 2007, 10:23 AEST

Vanuatu is hosting several regional meetings in the next two weeks starting today in Port Vila.

Earthquake clusters dismissed as "random".

23 July 2007, 10:18 AEST

Seven earthquakes were recorded in the Pacific last week.

Poll update

23 July 2007, 10:14 AEST

Now to Papua New Guinea for an update on the latest developments in national election result to find out if the government of Sir Michael Somare is under threat.

Defence minister criticises Honiara riot report

23 July 2007, 10:11 AEST

New Zealand's defence minister has criticised a Solomon Islands report into riots in the capital Honiara, which followed elections last year and left parts of the city in ruins.

Co founder of PFN killed

23 July 2007, 10:10 AEST

The co founder of Solomon Islands' innovative "People's First Network", Randall Biliki, was recently killed.

Calls for talk with Australia on kava ban

23 July 2007, 10:10 AEST

The Vanuatu government is calling for talks with Australia over its decision to impose a ban on kava imports.

Downer comments on political reform welcomed

20 July 2007, 16:24 AEST

Tonga has welcomed the offer of extra assistance from Australia in rebuilding its capital, Nukualofa.

Riot report rips RAMSI

20 July 2007, 16:24 AEST

The Solomon Islands Government has released an interim report from its Commision of Inquiry into the riots last year which destroyed most of the business district of the capital Honiara.

Guadalcanal leaders view Sogavare as the problem.

20 July 2007, 16:24 AEST

A summit of leaders from the Solomon Islands province of Guadalcanal says the country's Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, is the problem, not the government.

Electoral Commission says counting too slow

20 July 2007, 16:24 AEST

PNG's Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen has expressed concern at the slow pace of polling and counting in the country's general election.

Electoral Awaress campaigns to reduce invalid vote

20 July 2007, 16:24 AEST

The Kiribati Electoral Commissioner, Rine Ueara is hoping awareness campaigns will help reduce the number of invalid votes in next month's general election.

Interim Government hopeful mediation will work

20 July 2007, 16:24 AEST

Fiji's Interim Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations, Bernadette Rounds Ganilau says only when mediation with the unions is exhausted will the government consider permission for strike action.

FIJI; Nurses hope 11th hour talks will avert strike action

19 July 2007, 16:35 AEST

The General Secretary of the Fiji Nursing Association, Kuini Lutua is hoping that next weeks strike action may be called off if Friday's last minute talks with the interim government are successful.

National Alliance ahead in election so far

19 July 2007, 16:35 AEST

As counting progresses in the PNG National Election, Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's National Alliance party has further improved its position.

How Moti affair is reported in Australia

19 July 2007, 16:35 AEST

Just as it has in Solomon Islands, the appointment of Julian Moti as Attorney General, and its effect, is still making news in Australia.

Report on 2006 riot released

19 July 2007, 16:35 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the Commission of Inquiry into the riot which destroyed Honiara's Chinatown has released its preliminary report.

Travel bans removed without explanation

18 July 2007, 16:19 AEST

Fiji"s Immigration officials have moved quickly to remove travel bans on two prominent citizens.

Former PM Rabbie Namaliu loses seat

18 July 2007, 15:54 AEST

Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu is one of the first high profile MP's to loose his seat in the national election.

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