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.


Church leader calls for public caning to combat rape

19 April 2006, 13:36 AEST

A Church leader in Papua New Guinea has challenged the government to introduce legislation to allow for corporal punishment of rapists.

Fears that commercial logging could wipe out natural forests

19 April 2006, 13:36 AEST

NGO groups in Papua New Guinea have warned the country's forests could be wiped out in less than 30 years if large-scale commercial logging isn't stopped.

Chinatown burns in night of looting and violence

19 April 2006, 6:55 AEST

Around 1,000 protesters took to the streets of Solomon Islands overnight, looting and burning cars and shops across the capital Honiara.

Speaker critical of RAMSI response to crisis

19 April 2006, 6:51 AEST

The Speaker of the Solomon Islands parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, has criticised the way in which RAMSI handled the crisis, saying there were better ways of calming the protesters.

Looting continues as PM remains holed up

18 April 2006, 18:02 AEST

Controversial politician Snyder Rini has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, sparking riots in the capital Honiara.

Honiara tense as protesters surround parliament

18 April 2006, 16:17 AEST

The newly elected Prime Minister Snyder Rini was on Tuesday unable to leave parliament, with an angry crowd still surrounding the building.

Temaru struggles with tenous parliamentary majority

18 April 2006, 14:58 AEST

In French Polynesia, the election of a rank outsider as Speaker of the Assembly has further threatened President Oscar Temaru's tenuous grip on government.

Controversial politician takes over as PM

18 April 2006, 14:58 AEST

Controversial politician Snyder Rini has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.

Veteran Labour politician to join government party for poll

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

Fiji academic Dr Tupeni Baba has overcome the first hurdle in his bid to contest the May general elections under the ruling SDL Party banner.

Women candidates prepare for next month's election

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

A handful of women have been nominated to contest next month's general elections in Fiji.

Anglican missionary serves in Australia's outback

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

In a reversal of the usual pattern, an Anglican priest from Papua New Guinea is serving as a missionary in Australia.

Kauai Indigenous communities receive land leases

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

In Hawaii, around 160 indigenous people have become the proud recipients of land given to them by the Hawaii State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, during a meeting on the island of Kauai.

Alarm over high rate of teenage pregnancies

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

Authorities in the Marshall Islands have again voiced serious concerns about the high rate of teenage pregnancies in the country.

Oxfam calls for a pilot seasonal labour program

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

The Australian chapter of the international NGO Oxfam has told the country's Senate inquiry it supports moves to create short-term labour opportunities for Pacific islanders in Australia.

'Credible threats' force shut-down of Kainantu mine

13 April 2006, 13:29 AEST

A gold mine in Papua New Guinea has been closed down in the face of what the company says were credible threats to the safety of its workers and property.

Deadline for candidates to register approaches

13 April 2006, 13:23 AEST

Time is running out for candidates in Fiji to nominate to run in the May 13 general election.

Observers call for great transparency in poll process

13 April 2006, 13:23 AEST

The Commonwealth team observing the Solomon Islands Election says that while the overall process was credible there are lots of things that need to be fixed or improved.

Forum says regional labour mobility would have big benefits

13 April 2006, 13:23 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has told an Australian Senate committee that short-term seasonal labour access to Australia by Pacific Islanders would have huge economic benefits for the region.

Nominations for PM open as 50 MPs prepare to vote

13 April 2006, 13:23 AEST

Nominations for Prime Minister have opened in Solomon Islands, as intense lobbying continues among the 50 members of parliament who were successful in last Wednesday's national elections.

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