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.


Foreign Minister says Sols AG appointment insensitive

10 July 2007, 18:21 AEST

Australia's Foreign minister Alexander Downer says Julian Moti's appointment is "extremely insensitive" and "offensive" to Solomon Islanders and Australians.

Power strike impacts on elections

10 July 2007, 16:11 AEST

Counting has begun in the Papua New Guinea capital to tally votes cast at the weekend in national elections.

UN not likely to boycott Fiji diplomatic appointment

10 July 2007, 16:11 AEST

The United Nations and China are unlikely to oppose the Fiji Interim Government's choice of diplomats for New York and Beijing.

20 police to go to Taiwan for training

10 July 2007, 16:07 AEST

The Solomons Islands Police Commissioner, Jahir Khan, says 20 Solomon Islands police officers will soon leave for Taiwan to undergo expert training on close protection.

PSC to challenge Moti's swearing-in as AG

10 July 2007, 15:33 AEST

The Solomon Islands Public Service Commission says it will challenge the swearing-in of Julian Moti as Attorney General in court.

MOTI sworn-in as Attorney General

10 July 2007, 15:32 AEST

Controversial Australian lawyer, Julian Moti has been sworn-in as Solomon Islands' Attorney General.

Call for interim government to put own house in order

10 July 2007, 11:57 AEST

The SDL party in Fiji has criticised the interim government for worrying about comments made by developed countries before putting its own house in order.

Police detain dancers after Papuan congress

10 July 2007, 11:57 AEST

A group of eight Papuans has been released from custody after being interrogated at the end of a four day Papuan Tribal Congress meeting in Jayapura that ended on Sunday.

SOLS; Civil Society groups to meet over Moti and guns

9 July 2007, 16:37 AEST

The swearing-in of Julian Moti and plans to rearm Solomon Islands police will be dicussed at an urgent seminar of Civil society groups on Wednesday in Honiara.

Labour mobility on Forum economic agenda

9 July 2007, 15:55 AEST

The Forum's Economic Minister's meeting will get underway in Palau on Wednesday.

Change in mood concern for Aus/NZ forces

9 July 2007, 15:55 AEST

New Zealand Minister for defence Phil Goff has warned that New Zealand and Australian forces may no longer be welcome in Solomon islands.

Illegal entry at PM's office could be inside job

9 July 2007, 15:55 AEST

Police in Fiji are investigating a break in at the Prime Ministers's office at the weekend.

Julian Moti to be Sworn-in as AG

9 July 2007, 15:16 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is to swear -in fugitive Australian lawyer, Julian Moti as Attorney General tomorrow.

PAPUA; Claims of murder, torture and rape by Indonesian soldiers

9 July 2007, 14:04 AEST

An international human rights group says Indonesia's elite paramilitary corps, Brimob, is still routinely engaging in murder, torture and rape, in its effort to curb the separatist movement in Papua province.

Some nations behind in good governace performance

9 July 2007, 14:03 AEST

A new survey of good governance in the Pacific has found that several countries have stalled in their efforts to improve the way their nations are run.

FIJI:New development program for Vanua Levu

9 July 2007, 14:02 AEST

Fiji's interim cabinet has approved a Northern Development Program to create jobs and foster business activities on the country's struggling second island of Vanua Levu.

irregularities in voting in the Highlands

9 July 2007, 14:01 AEST

Underage voters, people voting on behalf of the deceased and stressed out police, that's the story so far after a week of voting in the PNG national elections.

Voting likely to be extended another 5 days

9 July 2007, 14:01 AEST

It looks highly likely that the polling period in Papua New Guinea's national elections will be extended.

PM emhasises sovereignty to natiion

6 July 2007, 15:45 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has emphasised the country's sovereignty and independence in an address to the nation to mark Independence day.

voting underway in the capital Port Moresby

6 July 2007, 15:45 AEST

Voting in Papua New Guinea's national election is underway in the national capital district, which encompasses Port Moresby.

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