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.

Stories

Riot damage to cause big economic downturn

7 March 2007, 12:03 AEDT

Tonga's government says the country should brace for a big economic downturn in the wake of last year's rioting.

Unions caution government on PNG Police VIP engagement.

7 March 2007, 12:03 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions has expressed strong reservations over the government's plan to engage only PNG police under RAMSI to provide armed security for dignitaries.

Australian Navy attempting to retrieve helicopter

6 March 2007, 17:37 AEDT

The Australian Navy's Blackhawk helicopter which crashed into the sea in November last year killing two men has been located off the coast of Fiji and is in the process of being salvaged.

Council of Chiefs oppose state of emergency

6 March 2007, 17:37 AEDT

Vanuatu's National Council of Chiefs says it has been cut out of a role in controlling a feud between islanders.

Unions threaten national strike over pay cut

6 March 2007, 17:37 AEDT

Still in Fiji, the interim government's decision to cut public service salaries by five per cent is having a ripple effect across the country.

More time needed for EU negotiations

6 March 2007, 17:37 AEDT

Representatives from 13 Island nations have made it clear to the European Union that they want more time and a much better deal from negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement between Europe and the Pacific.

No plans to pull out defence force personnel

6 March 2007, 17:37 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Defence Force says it has no plans to pull out 150 personnel serving under a state of emergency in PNG's Southern Highlands province.

Calls for nation to not become involved in trials

5 March 2007, 16:46 AEDT

A New Zealand MP has called on the country to distance itself from any involvement in the sedition trials of Tongan MPs who have been charged in relation to the rioting last year.

Interim Finance Minister Chaudhry speaks on Budget

5 March 2007, 16:46 AEDT

Fiji's Interim Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, says his budget delivered on Friday sets a new direction for the nation with the focus on stabilising finances and increasing productivity.

The courts will not be blackmailed by striking inmates

5 March 2007, 16:46 AEDT

Six more inmates at Solomon Islands Rove Prison in Honiara have started a hunger strike over a High Court decision not to grant them pardons.

Violence in Port Vila connected to black magic

5 March 2007, 16:46 AEDT

Vanuatu police say they're seeking up to two hundred people in connection with the death of two men outside the capital, Port Vila at the weekend.

Interim government hands down emergency budget

5 March 2007, 13:05 AEDT

Two months into office, Fiji's military installed interim government has handed down a somewhat leaner budget, which includes a five per cent pay cut for all civil servants.

State of emergency in Southern Highlands invalid

5 March 2007, 12:48 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ruled the declaration of a State of Emergency in PNG's resource rich Southern Highlands province invalid.

Pacific participates in trade talks

5 March 2007, 12:03 AEDT

The European Union and Government representatives from seventy eight countries in the Pacific, African and Caribbean regions concluded talks on Friday aimed at expanding trade and development co-operation.

Proposal to Federalise immigration system

2 March 2007, 17:10 AEDT

A fact-finding mission to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has been seeking local views about the plan by the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to federalise the CNMI immigration system.

Interim government hands down emergency budget

2 March 2007, 16:03 AEDT

Two months into office, Fiji's military installed interim government has handed down a somewhat leaner budget, which includes a five per cent pay cut for all civil servants.

More sanctions on military regime

2 March 2007, 16:03 AEDT

Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon says a number of the region's largest donors are discussing further sanctions to impose on Fiji.

SDL court action against military begins

2 March 2007, 16:03 AEDT

In Fiji, preliminary hearings in the High Court in which members of ousted Prime Minster Qarase's SDL party are sueing the military got underway on Friday.

Government to face no-confidence vote

2 March 2007, 16:03 AEDT

Niue's government is facing a vote of no confidence next week.

Drought causes water shortage

2 March 2007, 13:31 AEDT

Fresh water is scarce in the Marshall Islands' capital of Majuro with residents only able to access fresh tap water on two days of the week due to government restrictions.

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