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.


Australia to send 82 asylum seekers

15 March 2007, 17:48 AEDT

The 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers in detention on the Australian Territory of Christmas Island, north west of Perth are to be sent to Nauru.

Tourism Industry booming

15 March 2007, 17:48 AEDT

Samoa's tourism industry is booming, with a 25 per cent increase in visitor numbers in the past year and a raft of new hotels on the drawing board.

Police question Qarase

15 March 2007, 12:52 AEDT

In Fiji, police have questioned deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase as part of its investigation into allegations that he committed treason.

Opposition continues to Pacific guest workers

14 March 2007, 16:54 AEDT

Australia's Treasurer says letting unskilled workers from the South Pacific fill temporary jobs in Australia could hurt Pacific nations.

New tax system spares low-income earners

14 March 2007, 16:54 AEDT

Low income earners in Tonga will be paying much less tax in future.

Theatre company plays vital role in education

14 March 2007, 16:54 AEDT

The idea of using theatre and video as an educational tool isn't a new one.

Province Premier disappointed at PM's directive

14 March 2007, 12:26 AEDT

The Premier of Solomon Islands' Western Province, Alex Lokopio says he's disappointed that Prime Minister Sogavare has issued the directive to RAMSI suspending the community outreach program.

PM calls for RAMSI outreach program to stop

14 March 2007, 12:11 AEDT

In Solomon Islands a letter leaked to the media from Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is calling for RAMSI to stop it's community outreach program.

DNA study reveals Melanesian diversity

14 March 2007, 11:05 AEDT

Melanesians are among the most genetically diverse people in the world, according to a new study.

Warning on health risks from Climate Change

13 March 2007, 17:31 AEDT

An expert on epidemiology and population health says preventative or adaptive strategies must be developed to reduce health risks arising from climate change.

Chiefs to discuss ways of combating violence

13 March 2007, 17:31 AEDT

It's just over a week now since people from the islands of Ambryn and Tanna, in Vanuatu clashed violently over allegations of black magic.

Unpopular with mining industry

13 March 2007, 17:31 AEDT

Papua New Guinea has been ranked as one of the least attractive countries for mining investment by a leading international survey of mining executives.

Diplomatic standoff with Australia continues

13 March 2007, 14:13 AEDT

The prolonged diplomatic standoff between Australia and Solomon Islands has taken another dire turn.

Resort project announced despite upheaval

12 March 2007, 16:51 AEDT

A major hotel chain has announced it's building a five star resort in Tonga, despite last year's riot which severely damaged the capital, Nuku'alofa.

Samoans take citizenship status to UN

12 March 2007, 16:51 AEDT

A group of Samoan New Zealanders have taken their fight for New Zealand citizenship rights for Samoans to the United Nations.

Ousted PM being investigated by police

12 March 2007, 16:51 AEDT

Fiji's interim government is stepping up the pressure on its political opponents launching a police investigation into ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase for treason.

Four killed in floods

12 March 2007, 16:51 AEDT

In Fiji, severe flooding in the northern and Western Divisions has claimed four lives.

Calls for legislation to protect mineral resources

12 March 2007, 16:51 AEDT

There's been a renewed call on Pacific Island nations to enact legislation to protect mineral resources which one day may be a major source of revenue.

Media feeling pressured

9 March 2007, 15:45 AEDT

Fiji's Media council says reporters and media outlets have become too scared to report the whole story on the situation in the country, post coup.

Parliament set to hold inquiry into Pacific relations

9 March 2007, 15:45 AEDT

New Zealand's parliament is to hold an inquiry into the countries' relations with the Pacific.

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