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.


Former Finance Minister says PM ungodly

3 July 2007, 15:33 AEST

A Solomon Islands MP and former Finance Minister says Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare should not to use the name of God in his political games.

Govenment says broadcasting ban not its decision

3 July 2007, 15:33 AEST

The Tongan government says the decision to ban the state run broadcaster from Parliament was taken by the Legislative Assembly.

Wide ranging sanctions against Fii

3 July 2007, 12:10 AEST

The New Zealand Government has announced wide ranging sanctions against the military regime in Fiji.

National broadcaster still banned from parliament

3 July 2007, 10:44 AEST

The Tonga Broadcasting Commission says it is still being denied access to the country's parliament, despite assurances a ban has been lifted.

Outrage over moves to sell off fishing company

3 July 2007, 10:42 AEST

The Premier of Solomon Islands' Western Province is outraged at moves by the government to sell off its majority share in the country's premier fishing company, Soltai.

PNG:Interoil says big drop in its stock price is based on wrong inform

3 July 2007, 10:40 AEST

The stocks of one of PNG's leading gas companies have plummeted on the Toronto stock exchange.

VANUATU:Two men charged over Surpeme Court arson

3 July 2007, 10:39 AEST

Vanuatu Police have charged two men with arson over the burning down of the country's Supreme Court building three weeks ago.

polling peaceful in early voting

2 July 2007, 15:56 AEST

Nearly four million Papua New Guineans have begun voting in general elections with no immediate reports of the violence which marred the last poll in 2002.

Acting Police Commissioner replaced by military commander

2 July 2007, 15:55 AEST

In Fiji, the acting police commissioner's contract has been terminated.

PNG:Big super fund to invest in Solomons, Vanuatu and Fiji

2 July 2007, 15:53 AEST

Papua New Guinea's biggest and most successful superannuation fund is looking to invest in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

Maori soldier wins Victoria Cross

2 July 2007, 15:52 AEST

A New Zealand Maori soldier has won the Victoria Cross, the supreme military award for gallantry.

Voting staggered amid tight security

2 July 2007, 10:46 AEST

Voting is underway in Papua New Guinea's national election.

Voting underway in general election

2 July 2007, 10:45 AEST

The general election in Papua New Guinea is underway, with the first votes cast in the country's Southern Highlands province on Saturday.

Election voting peaceful in the Southern Highlands

2 July 2007, 10:43 AEST

This time five years ago there were calls for PNG's national election to be declared null and void amid violence and alleged corruption.

Election rally cries heard all over Port Moresby

29 June 2007, 15:43 AEST

Candidates running in PNG's national elections were out in full force today ahead of the start of voting tomorrow.

Rule of law cannot be maintained without suspended CJ

29 June 2007, 15:37 AEST

In Fiji, a petition requesting the reinstatment of Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki is circulating throughout the legal fraternity.

call for greater aid focus on urban areas

29 June 2007, 15:37 AEST

Australia's Parliamentary Opposition says aid to the South Pacific needs a greater focus on the growing urban areas of the Pacific.

Questions over use of traditional medicine

29 June 2007, 11:08 AEST

An Australian company using a Tongan plant and Tongan traditional knowledge to create a drug to treat diabetes has been accused of unethical behaviour.

Actor/satirist John Clark honoured by Vic University

29 June 2007, 11:08 AEST

These days as many as half a million New Zealanders call Australia home.

Voters go to the polls tomorrow

29 June 2007, 11:08 AEST

This time five years ago there were calls for the Papua New Guinea national election to be declared null and void.

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