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.


Aluminum smelter proposed for PNG

30 January 2007, 16:33 AEDT

Negotiations are taking place between the Papua New Guinea government and the world's third largest aluminium producer, Rusal Limited towards setting up an aluminium smelter near PNG.

Eminent Persons Group continues consultations

30 January 2007, 14:30 AEDT

The Fiji "Eminent Persons Group this week is looking at ways of helping the country return to democratic rule.

Hundreds displaced by cyclones

30 January 2007, 14:23 AEDT

A battering of back-to-back cyclones, which ripped through French Polynesia last week, has forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Opposition Leader not happy with Kuman defection to government

30 January 2007, 11:37 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader, Peter O'Neill says the defection of his People's National Congress Party M-P, Nick Kuman to the government is not unexpected.

Eminent Person's group begins investigations into coup

29 January 2007, 16:43 AEDT

The Fiji "Eminent Persons Group" has begun its investigations into why last year's coup happened.

Third Pro-democracy MP arrested

29 January 2007, 16:43 AEDT

Police in Tonga have arrested a third Pro-democracy MP in relation to last November's riots in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.

Eminent Persons Group convene this week

29 January 2007, 11:53 AEDT

Nearly two months after being first mandated, the Pacific Islands Forum "Eminent Persons Group" will convene in Fiji this week.

Speaker not expecting trouble when parliament resumes

29 January 2007, 11:53 AEDT

The Speaker of the Solomon Islands Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea says he does not expect any trouble to happen when parliament resumes for 2007 starting on Thursday.

Australian women farmers providing advice

29 January 2007, 11:53 AEDT

A group of Australian farming women are assisting women farmers in Papua New Guinea to set up their own agricultural association.

Four brutally murdered for witchcraft

29 January 2007, 11:53 AEDT

Police in Papua New Guinea have unearthed yet another bizarre and brutal murder case linked to the ancient practice of sorcery.

Prime Minister wins endorsement for NSDP

26 January 2007, 15:27 AEDT

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Jim Marurai, has won community endorsement for his nation's National Sustainable Development Plan.

Business leader wants less opposition to coup

26 January 2007, 15:27 AEDT

New Zealand and Australia risk alienating Fiji with their staunch opposition to the military coup there.

Australian rock band holding three concerts

26 January 2007, 15:27 AEDT

On Australia Day, the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea is using Aussie rock music to encourage expatriates to register their presence in the country.

Teachers Union Blame Australian IR law influence

26 January 2007, 11:00 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Teachers Association has lashed out at moves to impose what it describes as Australian and New Zealand industrial relations type laws on its members.

Military searching for two democracy activists

26 January 2007, 10:45 AEDT

In Fiji, two leading democracy activists are in hiding as the military intensifies its search for them.

University of Central Queensland Campus closes

26 January 2007, 10:34 AEDT

Australia's University of Central Queensland is shutting down its Fiji Campus.

Opposition to NZ City Council helping with rebuilding

25 January 2007, 17:03 AEDT

Foreign aid is usually something involving nations.

Government lawyers threaten to strike over pay.

25 January 2007, 16:49 AEDT

Members of the Solomon Islands Government Lawyers' and Magistracy Association are being urged to be patient while the government is dealing with their demands.

Second cyclone expected

25 January 2007, 16:49 AEDT

French Polynesia and neighbouring Cook Islands are bracing for the second tropical cyclone to hit the region in as many days.

Relations deteriorate between Govt and RAMSI

25 January 2007, 12:35 AEDT

The relationship between the government of Solomon Islands and the Australian led Regional Assistance Mission RAMSI seems to have deteriorated even further over the past week.

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