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.


Slip of tongue could point to President's exit strategy

1 December 2005, 12:52 AEST

An off-the-cuff remark at an official function by Fiji President Ratu Josefa Iloilo has led many to believe the country's head of state may step down as early as next March.

Wenge wants government to get tough on squatters

1 December 2005, 12:52 AEST

One of Papua New Guinea's most outspoken politicians has renewed his challenged to authorities to deal with illegal settlements and growing law and order problems.

Stock Exchange hits billion-dollar milestone

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

The South Pacific Stock Exchange has reached a new milestone, with the market capitalisation of its 16 listed companies topping F$1 billion, that's over A$ 700 million.

Government won't negotiate with doctors

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

A post-mortem is underway in Samoa to determine whether Friday's march in support of striking public service doctors was a success or a failure.

Fiji and Tonga could take reef dispute to UN

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

Tonga and Fiji have several options available to them if they want to resolve their dispute over just who owns the Minerva Reef, which lies to the south of both countries.

Former Fiji military chief stands by 'mercenaries'

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

A prominent former chief of Fiji's armed forces, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, has come out in support of a group of former soldiers now working on Bougainville.

'We need a change in attitude', president tells donors

30 November 2005, 15:24 AEST

A round-table meeting of international donors agencies is underway in Nauru today [Wednesday], with representatives from eight country and a number of international bodies.

Boyers budget promises no new borrowing

29 November 2005, 15:20 AEST

The Solomon Islands Finance Minister, Peter Boyers, has trumpeted the gains his country's economy has made since the end of the ethnic tension but warned of continuing economic fragility.

Fijians wanted to recover money from scam

29 November 2005, 15:20 AEST

Two of the up to nine Fijian ex-servicemen who been working as security guards on the island of Bougainville are now reported to be in Port Moresby.

Civil society celebrates legislation backdown

29 November 2005, 13:02 AEST

A coalition of Papua New Guinea NGOs has welcomed a decision by two of the country's MPs to withdraw their controversial proposals for legislative reform.

Future prosperity hinges on donor meeting

29 November 2005, 13:02 AEST

The government of Nauru is about to host one of the most important meetings of its 13 months in office.

Leaders insist self-determination is affordable

29 November 2005, 13:02 AEST

A delegation of faipule, or leaders, from Tokelau intends to ask New Zealand's opposition National Party whether it's officially opposed to self-determination for the three atolls.

Unions give notice of strike action

28 November 2005, 16:16 AEST

A confederation of 16 Unions in French Polynesia has given the obligatory five-day notice of strike action, which is to commence on December 1st.

Minister confident Fijians will leave Bougainville

28 November 2005, 14:58 AEST

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are today hopeful that all the Fijian ex-servicemen now working in Bougainville's so-called "no-go zone" will soon be off the island.

Budget provides big increases for services

28 November 2005, 14:58 AEST

The Solomon Islands budget for 2006 will see a major increase in government expenditure aimed at improving services people and provincial areas.

Australian employers call for seasonal workers

28 November 2005, 14:46 AEST

At this year's Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting, the Australian government came under fire from Pacific states over its reluctance to give any ground on the issue of labour mobility.

New SPC head ready to tackle health crises

28 November 2005, 12:48 AEST

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has appointed Dr Jimmie Rodgers as Director-General at its recent conference in Palau.

More concern over Fijian 'mercenaries'

28 November 2005, 12:48 AEST

The presence of Fiji ex-military personnel on Bougainville so-called "no-go zone" has angered the acting prime minister of Pauper New Guinea, Sir Moi Avei.

Fake cash investigation to include Fiji, Solomons

28 November 2005, 12:48 AEST

Vanuatu and Solomon Islands police are investigating whether four Fijian nationals, arrested last week for using counterfeit banknotes, have also breached the immigration laws of both countries.

Measure of success as RAMSI reviews operation

28 November 2005, 12:48 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum Eminent Persons Group which visited Solomon Islands earlier this year recommended that the duration of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, not be related to any specific time frame.

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