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.


Women and children to benefit from family court

8 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

The people of Fiji have welcomed the setting up of a new Family Law court under the Family Law Act which came into effect last week.

School shooting sparks calls for human rights commission

8 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

A human rights lawyer in Papua New Guinea has called on the government to establish human rights commission to look into last week's shooting of school children by police in Porgera.

Conservative Alliance attacks military commander

8 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

The head of Fiji's Conservative Alliance, Ratu Tanoa Cakobau, has attacked the country's military commander for insisting that the leader of the May 2000 not be pardoned under proposed legislation.

GG to undergo surgery in Sydney

7 November 2005, 16:17 AEST

The Solomon Islands Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena has arrived in the Australian city of Sydney and is expected to undergo surgery within the next couple of days.

Immigration director suspended indefinitely

7 November 2005, 16:17 AEST

The man responsible for immigration in Fiji, Eroni Luveniyali, has been suspended indefinitely.

Unofficial gubernatorial poll results put Fitial ahead

7 November 2005, 16:17 AEST

Benigno Fitial appears set to become the next Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as unofficial results from Saturday's poll start to filter through.

Leading author on the Treasure Island scent

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

If you're a best-selling author and a psychologist and believe you've been visited by a ghost in your sleep.

Army wages war on rapacious reptiles

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

'Birds of a feather flock together', as the old expression would have it.

Business fears impact of crime surge

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

The business community in Bougainville says the increasing crime rate is having a negative impact on business and investment on the Island.

National Bank announces new branch

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

The resurgence of business activity in Solomon Islands has prompted the National Bank to invest several million dollars in building a new branch at Tetere, just over 30 kilometres east of Honiara.

Education Ministry to investigate school shooting

4 November 2005, 14:14 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Ministry of Education has announced it will conduct its own inquiry into this week's police shooting of school children in Enga Province.

Budget cuts tax on basic necessities

4 November 2005, 14:14 AEST

The Fiji Government has released this year's budget, delivering good news for poor families.

Constitution Day demonstration in Nuku'alofa

4 November 2005, 14:14 AEST

A large crowd of people attended a demonstration in the Tongan capital, Nuku'alofa, on Friday calling for democratic political reform in the Pacific's only monarchy.

Labor's regional policy attracts friendly fire

4 November 2005, 11:03 AEST

Since last week's Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea, Australia's opposition Labor Party has repeatedly attacked what it sees as the Australian government's poor performance on Pacific affairs.

Preparations for election going well

4 November 2005, 11:03 AEST

Election authorities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas say preparations for this month's election are going well.

ADB welcomes Pacific Plan adoption

4 November 2005, 11:03 AEST

The Asian Development Bank's top official for the Pacific has congratulated Pacific Islands Forum Island leaders for endorsing the Pacific Plan at their meeting in Papua New Guinea late last month.

Police Minister calls for investigation of fatal school shooting

3 November 2005, 16:13 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, anger and frustration is mounting over the death of a student at the hands of the police in Enga Province.

EU optimistic on the future of trade talks

3 November 2005, 16:07 AEST

The head of the European Commission's Pacific policy unit has called on countries in the region to help step up the pace of negotiations over the region's future trade relationship with Europe.

Leaked report says doctors also need to pull their weight

3 November 2005, 16:07 AEST

In Samoa, the long awaited Commission of Inquiry into the eight week old doctors strike is expected to be tabled in Parliament this week.

Greens breakthrough in Port Vila council election

3 November 2005, 10:34 AEST

Results in Vanuatu's Municipal election for the Port Vila Council were declared yesterday, with a big break-through for the Greens.

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