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.


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.

Talks recognise Australian qualifications

28 November 2005, 12:48 AEST

As more powers are transferred from Paris to New Caledonia under the Noumea Accord, there's a growing demand for education and training for New Caledonian students, especially for young Kanaks who've been disadvantaged by the French education system.

Protestors demand action on Falconbridge project

25 November 2005, 15:19 AEST

The troubles in New Caledonia's nickel industry continued on Friday, with protests and demonstrations around the capital Noumea.

RAMSI to hand over frontline policing duties

25 November 2005, 14:46 AEST

Two and a half years after the Solomon Islands intervention, the Participating Police Force members of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, are handing back most of the frontline policing duties to Solomon Islands police.

Independent terminals key to low fuel prices

25 November 2005, 14:46 AEST

Pacific island nations are being encouraged to buy the Pacific assets of Shell and establish an independent oil company capable of bringing fuel prices down by as much as 30 US cents per litre.

Still no contact with Fiji 'mercenaries' on B'ville

25 November 2005, 14:46 AEST

The saga of the nine former Fiji soldiers believed to be working as bodyguards in Bougainville's no-go zone continued this week, with Fiji diplomatic authorities still unable to contact the men.

Aids Council angered by 'inadequate' budget allocation

25 November 2005, 10:46 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Aids Council Secretariat has lashed out at the government over what it describes as an inadequate funding allocation, in the 2006 budget.

Tribunal revokes Prony exploration licences

24 November 2005, 15:39 AEST

New Caledonia's nickel industry is facing a major shake-up.

'Meekamui' leaders want Fiji security guards out

24 November 2005, 15:39 AEST

The presence of eight Fiji ex-soldiers on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville continues to cause diplomatic headaches.

New PINA president gets down to business

24 November 2005, 15:21 AEST

The Pacific Islands News Association's newly elected president, Ken Clark, is a man on a mission.

Shell to sell assets in seven countries

24 November 2005, 14:43 AEST

The Shell Oil company has announced plans to withdraw from the Pacific, selling its assets in seven Pacific Island nations.

Investors return after years of conflict

24 November 2005, 14:32 AEST

Solomon Islands now appears to be finding its feet again, after years of conflict and ethnic tension which almost brought the economy to a standstill.

Lifting of German kava bans could help industry

24 November 2005, 14:32 AEST

Vanuatu has joined Fiji in welcoming reports that kava could be back on the European market - including Germany - next year.

Maori take offence at police terminology

24 November 2005, 14:32 AEST

New Zealand's Deputy Police Commissioner is being criticised for using the term "Maori offending" in a speech to a national meeting on how to reduce crime committed by Maori.

Campaign to avoid snake-bite fatalities

24 November 2005, 14:32 AEST

Picture this: you're in the depths of Papua New Guinea's Central Province and you've just been bitten by a big, black snake which is slithering away fast.

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