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.


Rumours about deputy PM's resignation

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

Solomon Islands, prime minister Manasseh Sogavare is being criticised in the Solomons for continuing with his plans to leave on Tuesday for a meeting at the United Nations in New York.

Finishing touches on royal funeral

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

In Tonga, officials are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the arrangements for Tuesday's funeral for King Taufa'ahau Tupou the IV.

Region agrees to protect whales and dolphins

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

A new agreement between nine Pacific countries to protect whales and dolphins is being hailed as a breakthrough in global conservation.

Primary results certified

18 September 2006, 12:03 AEST

It took ten days after the completion of voting in Guam's primary election for the Election Commission to vote unanimously to certify the results.

PM unleashes volley of criticism at Australia

18 September 2006, 12:03 AEST

The diplomatic standoff between Australia and the Solomons continued last night when in an address to the nation, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, severely criticised Australia.

New King to get rid of his businesses

18 September 2006, 12:03 AEST

Tonga's pro-democracy movement leader has welcomed the announcement that the new King is getting rid of his private businesses.

Pacific countries urged to accept environmental refugees

15 September 2006, 15:53 AEST

The Pacific is being urged to work together to help Tuvalu find a permanent home for its people due to environmental concerns.

Indonesia calls for relaxation of sea border policing

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

Indonesia has called on Papua New Guinea to relax the policing of it's Exclusive Economic Zone at the sea border between PNG and Indonesia.

Stalemate in diplomatic standoff

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

First to Solomon Islands, where the diplomatic standoff with Australia continues.

Elder statesman urges round table summit

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

The man who led Solomon Islands to independence has called for a summit between the Australian and Solomon Island prime ministers.

Royal family mourns kings death

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

In Tonga, mourners are holding constant vigil over the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou the IV who is lying in state at the royal palace in Nu'kualofa.

Australian politicians view of tensions

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST


Opposition could topple PM

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

Meanwhile, The Solomon Islands opposition claims they have the numbers to topple Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare.

Body of late King arrives in Tonga

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

The body of the Late King of Tonga has been met by thousands of mourners after arriving home from New Zealand.

Labour shortage filled from India

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

Niue hopes to bridge its labour shortfall by bringing in workers from India.

Australia to review bilateral relations

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

There's been another development in the diplomatic row between Australia and the Solomon Islands.

Australia to suspend all visas of Solomon Islands MPs

13 September 2006, 17:36 AEST

The Australian government has decided to suspend all visas of Solomon Islands MPs as of midnight tonight.

US ambassador says no country is safe from terriorists

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

In a week which commemorates the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade centre, Fiji is playing host to the regions top military brass to discuss regional security.

Diplomatic tension with Australia continues

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

Just a day after the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare demanded the recall of Australia's High Commissioner to Honiara, Patrick Cole, the deputy secretary of Australia's Foreign Affairs Department, David Ritchie has arrived in Honiara.

British MP upsets the government

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

A British MP has upset the Papua New Guinea Government for implying the people of PNG indulge in cannibalism and chief killing.

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