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.


Territory fears for sporting identity

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEST

As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close this weekend, there is concern among members of one of the smallest teams competing that these games could be their last.

Commonwealth Sec-Gen defends organisation's relevance

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEST

Some of the smaller Pacific Island states will be taking home few medals from this year's games.

Regional support for Papuan protection visas

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEST

Supporters of self-determination for the Indonesian province of Papua in Australia and the Pacific have welcomed the Australian government's decision to grant temporary protection visas to 42 Papuan asylum seekers.

Solomon Is, PNG authorities urge students to be patient

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEST

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands authorities have appealed to Solomon Islands students in PNG to be patient, after concerns were raised about their tuition fees.

Broadcaster defends sacking of talkback host

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

Fiji's state-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is strongly denying claims by the opposition Labour Party that it sacked a popular talkback radio host due to government pressure.

Boxers fight for greater exposure

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

With just two more days of competition in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Pacific boxers have been taking some hard knocks, and their main fight has turned out to be getting more exposure.

Confronting racial discrimination

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

Fiji has marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

MP faces possible AIDS charges

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

As Papua New Guinea continues to battle an AIDS epidemic, a member of parliament could become the first person to face criminal charges under the country's HIV/AIDS laws.

Followers of cargo cult hail US funds

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

In Vanuatu, the current session of Parliament has been dominated by moves and counter moves relating to Votes of No Confidence and the question whether the Parliament can discipline MPs for trying to topple the government.

Weightlifting a family affair

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEST

At the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne the weightlifting competition has proved to be a family affair.

Police Commissioner rejects accusations over child sex

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEST

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner has defended the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, against accusations that they have not done enough to try to stamp out the exploitation of young girls for sex in the Solomons, particularly in the capital, Honiara.

Senate told to look to Asia as well as Pacific for farm labour

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEST

An Australian Senate Inquiry has been told that a scheme to address labour shortages should look to Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands.

Four killed in Papua mine protest

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEST

The Uniting Church in Australia has called for dialogue and calm in the Indonesian province of Papua, in the wake of a violent demonstration which left four Indonesian security personnel dead.

Swains Island MP welcomes Tokelauan co-operation

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEST

Moves to increase co-operation in shipping and trade between Tokelau and Swains Island, which is part of American Samoa, have been welcomed by the island's MP.

Police Commissioner reacts to claims of child sex increase

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEST

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Shane Castles, has rejected claims that there has been a 'huge' increase in the child sex trade in Solomon Islands since the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI, in mid-2003.

Nation goes wild over Pini's gold medal

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEST

Meanwhile Ryan Pini's win has sent everyone in Papua New Guinea into a spin including the country's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare who was the first to send a congratulatory message to the 100m butterfly champion.

Island youths in 'slave labour' case

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEST

A trade union in Australia has come to the aid of five young Cook Islanders who allegedly suffered physical abuse and conditions of virtual slavery at the hands of their employer in Sydney.

New hospital hailed as new beginning

23 March 2006, 10:53 AEST

The people of Niue have a new hospital, Niue Fo'ou.

Finance minister blames leaders for aid failure

22 March 2006, 16:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's finance minister, Bart Philemon, says poor political leadership is the underlying cause for PNG's entrenched problems.

Niue shooters target live 'clay pigeons'

22 March 2006, 15:37 AEST

Niue's shooting team has been using some unconventional training techniques.

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