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.


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.

no sign of improving relations with Aust

18 May 2007, 15:52 AEST

Diplomatic relations between Australia and Papua New Guinea are still strained more than six months on from the Julian Moti affair.

Last Respects for head of State

18 May 2007, 12:39 AEST

This morning in Samoa the people of the island nation will begin to farewell their leader since independance.

Pacific Islanders & Maori in joint anti-whaling protest

18 May 2007, 12:38 AEST

Representatives from New Zealand's Maori and main Pacific island communities have cooperated in a joint anti-whaling protest.

AUST:new approach to military crises

18 May 2007, 12:35 AEST

The Australian Defence Force says warning times about threats and possible crises in the region are getting shorter.

Riot inquiry begins gathering evidence

18 May 2007, 12:34 AEST

The Commission of Inquiry into the riots in the Solomon Islands capital in April 2006 has begun gathering evidence.

Push on for fourth GCC confederacy in Ba

17 May 2007, 16:00 AEST

The long running debate over the push for a split within one of the Great Council of Chief's three confederacy's gained impetus this week.

Cuba offers help to another Pacific nation

17 May 2007, 16:00 AEST

Since the coup in December last year, many countries around the world have tried to distance themselves from Fiji.

New advisory body to sort out Fiji's coup culture

17 May 2007, 10:46 AEST

Fiji's interim government is under increasing pressure to return to democratic rule.

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