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.


International plan to boost private sector growth underway

20 July 2006, 15:27 AEST

Small businesses in the Pacific and especially in Papua New Guinea are about to get a boost.

Calls for labour mobility within the region

19 July 2006, 16:00 AEST

Australia and New Zealand are adamant they don't want to open up their markets to seasonal workers from the Pacific.

Festival an eye-opener for youth delegates

19 July 2006, 15:56 AEST

More than 1,000 of the region's youth have converged on Tahiti in French Polynesia for a week-long festival.

Rugby union skipper in Melbourne

19 July 2006, 15:34 AEST

Fiji hit the turf for training at a Melbourne High School this week ahead of their return test against Australia-A on Saturday.

Concerns about illegal land settlement outside Honiara

19 July 2006, 15:34 AEST

The premier of Guadalcanal Provincial government in Solomon Islands has raised concerns about illegal settlement of land outside the capital, Honiara.

Volcanic eruptions force evacuation of more than 700 people

19 July 2006, 15:34 AEST

In Papua New Guinea's West New Britain province, more than 700 people have been evacuated from their villages after two volcanic eruptions.

Government waits for UN approval to move troops to Lebanon

19 July 2006, 15:34 AEST

The escalation of the war in the middle east may have had an impact on the future of Fiji's peacekeeping forces.

Opposition questions RAMSI re-authorisation

19 July 2006, 15:34 AEST

In Solomon Islands the operations of the regional intervention force RAMSI could be undermined unless Parliament renews its mandate.

Who are the new women justice of the peace

18 July 2006, 15:24 AEST

A women's group in Fiji has raised concerns about the small number of women appointed as Justices of the Peace.

Head of Pacific Community says 'stop logging today'

18 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

Solomon Islands has been warned to confront the stark reality that its forests are nearly logged-out.

The Pacific region's last line of defence against bird flu?

18 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

An animal diseases expert for the United Nations has played down the likelihood of a bird flu outbreak in the Pacific region.

Security and customs top of MSG agenda

18 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

The Solomon Islands foreign minister, Patteson Oti, has called for greater cooperation between Melanesian nations.

Government denies plan to repeal Secrets Act

18 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

The Vanuatu government says it has no intention of repealing the country's Official Secrets Act.

Opposition leader warns country still fragile

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

The opposition leader in Solomon Islands, Fred Fono, is warning that, after the years of social unrest, the situation in his country is still fragile.

Mumbai terror bombings cause sorrow

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

It's been a week since the train attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed more than 180 people.

Maori warrior heads returned from UK

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

The National Museum of New Zealand has had another victory in the quest for restitution of Maori human remains.

Government may reach deal on cellphone competition

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

The Fiji government's battle to end one of the country's strongest telecommunications monopolies appears on track this week, amid suggestions it's close to reaching a deal with mobile phone company Vodafone.

Study finds more workers being pushed in poverty

17 July 2006, 15:18 AEST

Wages in Fiji are so low that more and more workers are being pushed into poverty.

Call for RAMSI to help avert forest industry collapse

14 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

The Solomon Islands Forest Industries Association is blaming governments past and present for the depletion of natural forests.

Call to secede a cry for help

14 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

In the Solomons, leaders of Ontong Java in the outer islands of Malaita have given notice that they want to secede from the national government.

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