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.


Politicians take to the airwaves as campaign heats up

28 April 2006, 14:13 AEST

In Fiji, caretaker prime minister Laisenia Qarase is taking to the airways in more ways than one to get his message out to his constituents, ahead of the May general elections.

Challenge to PM avoided as Treasurer's supporters regroup

28 April 2006, 14:13 AEST

A challenge to the leadership of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare appears to have been averted, after his National Alliance Party decided not to discuss the issue until after 2007 national election.

Church calls for assistance for landslide victims

28 April 2006, 14:13 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a massive landslide has killed a man and destroyed several villages in the country's Southern Highlands Province.

Police vow to step up security for May elections

28 April 2006, 10:55 AEST

Fiji's Commissioner of Police, Andrew Hughes, says while security will be stepped up for the May General elections, the extra police presence is appropriate for the occasion.

NGOs critical of Australia's rejection of labour mobility

28 April 2006, 10:55 AEST

The co-ordinating body for 80 Australian non-government aid groups has expressed disappointment at Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer's rejection of a special worker program for the Pacific.

Businesses continue to struggle after riots

28 April 2006, 10:55 AEST

Although calm has returned to the streets of the Solomons Island capital, Honiara, businesses are continuing to feel the impact of the recent unrest.

Australia rules out regional labour mobility schemes

27 April 2006, 15:10 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, has ruled out granting seasonal workers from the Pacific special rights to enter Australia.

Election officials confident it can meet challenges of poll

27 April 2006, 15:10 AEST

With Fiji getting ready to go to the polls on Saturday week, a mad rush has ensued to ensure that ballot papers and other necessary documents are printed on time.

Political uncertainty with leader to be chosen next week

27 April 2006, 15:10 AEST

Solomon Islands won't have a new Prime Minister until probably next Thursday.

Concerns over how new Australian aid will be spent

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

An Australian not-for-profit group which monitors Australia's Aid acitivitie says it has concerns about how new aid money will be spent in the region.

UPP leader suspicious of electoral roll problems

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

The leader of Fiji's United People's Party, Mick Beddoes, says he's suspicious about the number of people who should be on the General voters' electoral roll who are having difficulty switch from the Fijian roll.

The rise and fall of Snyder Rini - in eight days

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

"The Rise And Fall Of Snyder Rini" would be a very short book.

Why 10,000 people may want jobs in Australia

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

Non-government organisations in Vanuatu are disappointed by comments made by Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, during his trip to Port Vila last week.

Prime Minister to face challenge for party leadership

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, will face a challenge on his leadership of the National Alliance party on Friday.

Labour Party warns of perception that RAMSI supported Rini

27 April 2006, 12:36 AEST

The President of the Solomon Islands Labor Party, who lost his seat in the recent election, says there is still a danger that the Australian-led assistance mission could be seen as having backed the now departed Snyder Rini.

Australia sets out 10-year regional aid strategy

26 April 2006, 15:41 AEST

Australia has set out its aid policy toward the South Pacific for the next 10 years in a policy White Paper on aid.

Prime Minister quits in day of high political drama

26 April 2006, 15:35 AEST

It's s been a day of high drama inside and outside the Solomon Islands parliament.

PNG to assist with ethnic Chinese evacuation

26 April 2006, 13:47 AEST

Papua New Guinea says it's happy to help China evacuate over 250 ethnic Chinese who are fleeing the violence in Solomon Islands.

Plantation arson allegations on Russell Island

26 April 2006, 13:47 AEST

Violence connected with the elections in Solomon Islands has spread outside the capital with two alleged incidents of arson at the Russell Island Plantation - a venture managed by ICSL, a company owned by Australian businessman, Patrick Wong.

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