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.


Freedom of Information on PINA agenda

23 May 2007, 15:50 AEST

Freedom of information and the right to access information is very much on the agenda at the Pacific Islands News Association conference underway in Solomon Islands.

SDL politician alleges assault by military

23 May 2007, 11:05 AEST

The acting director of Fiji's ousted SDL Party, Ted Young, alleges he was assaulted by a military officer during an interrogation session at the military barracks in Suva.

16 cases of Dengue fever reported

23 May 2007, 10:53 AEST

American Samoa is coping with an outbreak of Dengue fever with 16 cases being reported so far this year.

Former Finance Minister jailed for official corruption

23 May 2007, 10:52 AEST

A former Solomon Islands Finance Minister has lost his parliamentary seat after being sentenced to 20 months in jail for official corruption.

Tourism downturn cuts Air Pacific flights

23 May 2007, 10:50 AEST

The downturn in Fiji tourist numbers in the wake of December's military coup has seen the country's national carrier, Air Pacific, cut the number of flights to and from overseas destinations.

Media Association sets exit date for RAMSI

22 May 2007, 15:18 AEST

The organisation which represents Solomon Islands' media has told the review of RAMSI, the mission should finish by 2013.

SOLS:New Police Commissioner sees no problems with his appointment

22 May 2007, 15:15 AEST

The newly appointed Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Jahir Khan of Fiji says he does not see anything wrong with his appointment.

UN backs down on Fiji peacekeepers

22 May 2007, 11:19 AEST

The United Nations has backed down on a threat to stop using Fijian soldiers as peacekeepers.

Hotels want emergency regulations lifted to boost tourism

22 May 2007, 11:17 AEST

There's been a drop in the number of tourists travelling to Fiji since last December's coup, prompting a call for a relaxation of security measures imposed after the military coup.

Policy must help Pacific nations from failing

22 May 2007, 11:15 AEST

Australia's Defence Minister says Australian policy must help save South Pacific nations from becoming failed states.

VANUATU; mourning for Catholic Bishop

22 May 2007, 11:15 AEST

The International and Pacific Catholic community is mourning the death of Vanuatu's Catholic Bishop, Michel Visi.

Police warn candiates to campaign peacefully

21 May 2007, 16:52 AEST

Papua New Guinea police have warned candidates to campaign peacefully and not to clash with supporters of rival candidates in the run up to next month's general election.

Minister warns of dark side of blogs

21 May 2007, 16:49 AEST

Fiji's Justice Minister has criticised the writers of anonymous websites who he says are making vile, untrue accusations while hiding their identity and claiming to be champions of free speech.

Moti's Lawyer defends him against civil society.

21 May 2007, 16:47 AEST

The legal counsel for suspended Solomon Islands attorney general, Julian Moti says he's outraged at the latest barrage of public statements against his client.

ACP members confident of agreement by deadline

21 May 2007, 16:45 AEST

Pacific islands who are members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific trade bloc are optimistic they will reach an economic partnership agreement with the European Union by the end of December.

burial of paramount chief

21 May 2007, 13:32 AEST

In Samoa the process to appoint a new head of state is underway following the burial of the Pacific island nation's long-serving and much loved paramount chief.

Big cleanup campaign launched for Honiara

21 May 2007, 11:04 AEST

The Solomon Islands capital Honiara has launched a campaign to clean up its image as one of the dirtiest cities in the region.

Signs fishing agreement with Japan

21 May 2007, 11:02 AEST

After a 19 year hiatus Papua New Guinea has renewed its fishing agreement with Japan.

Blogs vs military conflict now international

21 May 2007, 11:01 AEST

The battle between Fiji's military and the anonymous bloggers behind anti-government websites has gone global.

Row over appointment of new Police Comm

21 May 2007, 11:01 AEST

A row has broken out over the appointment of a new Police Commissioner in Solomon Islands with claims that proper procedures were not followed.

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