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.


Australian officials caught flat-footed by riots

21 April 2006, 15:42 AEST

The violence in the Solomon Islands this week has taken Australian officials by surprise, from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Federal Police.

PM defends RAMSI in wake of Solomons rioting

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

New Zealand's Prime Minister has defended the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands contingent against criticism it had failed to adequately prepare for post-election trouble in the Solomon Islands.

Calm restored as military, police pour in to Honiara

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

Calm has returned to the streets of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara, as police and military reinforcements pour in from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Capital now under RAMSI military control

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

The streets of the Solomon islands capital Honiara are reportedly quiet at the moment, with armed troops from Australia now on patrol.

Regional focus on anti-Chinese sentiment after Honiara riots

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

The looting and burning of Chinese-owned businesses by rioters in the Solomon islands capital, Honiara, is a symptom of wider problems in the Pacific region.

Lack of intelligence blamed for outbreak of uprising

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

A community leader in Solomon Islands has criticised law enforcement agencies in the country for not recognising the threat of violence in the wake of the recent elections.

Streets quiet after days of looting, rioting

21 April 2006, 9:20 AEST

More than 150 extra Australian troops and police officers arrived in the capital Honiara on Thursday and are being credited with helping to bring calm to the troubled city.

Anger directed at Taiwan's influence on political outcome

21 April 2006, 9:19 AEST

Some of those behind the violent protests in Solomon Islands say they've taken the action because they're concerned their country's elections have been corrupted by foreign influences.

Pirated Samoan comedy DVD could hurt future ventures

21 April 2006, 9:19 AEST

In New Zealand, pirated copies of a new movie about a Samoan wedding could seriously damage the possibility of films on Pacific island themes being made in the future.

Newspaper readers forced to turn to internet, radio

20 April 2006, 12:44 AEST

The Solomons Star newspaper has yet to hit the street, despite its reporters and photographers having worked hard covering the rioting in Honiara.

Night curfew imposed ahead of troops' arrival

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has warned rioting protestors on the Solomon Islands that the country's democratic processess and stability won't be overturned.

Rioters burn Pacific Casino Hotel to the ground

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

Rampaging looters in Honiara set fire to the Pacific Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, after they made away with property from complex.

Police given new powers to restore order

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

Solomon Islands police have been given sweeping new powers to restore law and order in the capital Honiara.

Catholic leader says tension will continue to simmer

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

The first group of Australian troops is now in the Solomon Islands to assist with efforts to end the rioting and looting.

Whistleblower suggests smuggling to Australia is out of control

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

The arrival of Papuan asylum seekers in Australia's remote Cape York last month may not have been an isolated incident.

Campaigner suggests most Australians support independence

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has played down an opinion poll showing more than three-quarters of Australians would back Papuan independence.

Papuan activist appeals against deportation

20 April 2006, 10:10 AEST

A Papuan activist who has lived in Vanuatu for 20 years is appealing against a government attempt to deport him.

Academic says RAMSI's not to blame for riots

19 April 2006, 15:06 AEST

Australia's foremost academic expert on Solomon Islands, Associate Professor Clive Moore, says there is little that RAMSI could have done to avert the eruption of violence in Honiara in the aftermath of the election of Snyder Rini as Prime Minister.

Australia to send more troops to quell rioting

19 April 2006, 15:06 AEST

As we go to air today, Australia's Prime Minister has just announced that Australia will send more troops to the Solomon Islands as the unrest which has so far injured 17 Australian police officers, continues.

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