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.


Resolution of human rights complaints on track

18 July 2007, 15:54 AEST

The director of Fiji's Human Rights Commission Dr Shaista Shameem has rejected claims her organisation is not processing complaints quickly enough.

New player influencing region

18 July 2007, 15:53 AEST

The dispute between Australia and Solomon Islands over the appointment of Attorney General Julian Moti has again raised the issue of just how much influence traditional aid donors have now, or may have in the future.

VANUATU:flights for stranded cruise passengers

17 July 2007, 17:11 AEST

The cruise operator P & O is still trying to find charter flights for hundreds of passenger stranded in Vanuatu after their cruise liner was damaged in a storm.

atoll residents still to cast votes

17 July 2007, 17:08 AEST

While results of the Papua New Guinea national election are being counted and declared, people of the remote atoll islands in North Bougainville have yet to vote.

Solomons MPs banned until Moti is handed over

17 July 2007, 16:37 AEST

Australia says it will continue to frequently refuse entry to ministers of the Solomon Islands Government until the Attorney-General Julian Moti is handed over to Australia to face child sex charges.

Govt won't take retaliatory action against Aust

17 July 2007, 16:36 AEST

The Solomon Islands won't take retaliatory action against Australia over the travel ban.

Opposition claims parliament postponement a delaying tactic

17 July 2007, 16:35 AEST

The Opposition in Solomon Islands says the announcement that the next sitting of parliament is to be postponed is a delaying tactic.

Women's Advocate says travel ban unconstitutional

17 July 2007, 16:34 AEST

Immigration officials in Nadi have stopped another prominent Fijian from leaving the country.

Guadalcanal leaders meeting crucial for country.

17 July 2007, 11:55 AEST

In Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal leaders have called a special meeting this Thursday that could determine the future of the government.

Unclear who will attend Pacific Forum Leaders meeting

17 July 2007, 11:00 AEST

The future of Fiji under the miltary leadership of interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is expected to dominate this year's Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Tonga in October.

Another name on military's travel ban list

16 July 2007, 15:39 AEST

Another high profile Fijian on the interim governments travel ban list has been prevented from leaving the country.

Final results delayed by polling

16 July 2007, 15:38 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner fears delays in polling and court orders asking for recounts in some seats will delay the return of final election results.

Teachers strike over pay and conditions

16 July 2007, 15:38 AEST

Thousands of school teachers in Solomon Islands have gone on strike for better pay and conditions of service.

Downer hopes the right thing will be done over Moti

16 July 2007, 11:12 AEST

Australia's Foreign minister Alexander Downer says eventually the Sogovare Government or a subsequent Solomon Islands government "will do the right thing" about the appointment of Australian fugitive lawyer Julian Moti as the country's top law officer.

fight against federalisation of Marianas immigration

16 July 2007, 11:09 AEST

The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial has gone to Washington to fight against the federalisation of immigration laws.

Opposition motion of no-confidence in PM.

13 July 2007, 17:19 AEST

The Solomon Islands parliamentary opposition will move a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare next week over the appointment of Attorney General, Julian Moti.

Economic Ministers discus labour mobility

13 July 2007, 15:55 AEST

Economic ministers of island countries belonging to the Pacific Islands Forum have concluded their annual meeting in the small island of Palau, in the northern Pacific.

Court rule against Acting AG on ombudsman

13 July 2007, 15:53 AEST

The Solomons Islands High Court has ruled that the Governor General does not have the power to refuse or ignore advice on the appointment of a new Ombudsman.

Election hopeful arrested, charged and released

13 July 2007, 15:51 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, it's quite literally on again off again when it comes to the unauthorised power strikes in the capital Port Moresby.

Former Solomons MP warns of violence over Moti

13 July 2007, 10:26 AEST

A former Solomon Islands MP has warned that Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's appointment of Julian Moti as the country's Attorney-General could see the Pacific nation descend into violence again.

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