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.


Government hits back with censure motion

20 March 2006, 15:53 AEST

The Vanuatu government says it's given notice of a motion of censure against the Opposition that, if passed, would ban leading Opposition Members from attending any parliamentary session for the rest of the year.

Fears Musingku could lead Bougainville into war

20 March 2006, 10:57 AEST

There are fears that Papua New Guinea's autonomous region of Bougainville is heading towards another civil war.

New campaign to raise awareness of bird flu

20 March 2006, 10:57 AEST

As the threat of a bird flu pandemic continues to worry health experts, authorities in New Zealand are taking steps to raise public awareness about the disease.

Tombs investigated by new archaeological techniques

20 March 2006, 10:57 AEST

New technology which lets archaeologists see through the ground without having to dig is being used to recover the secrets of Tonga's ancient terraced tombs.

Melanesian Spearhead Group agrees action plan on illegal movement

20 March 2006, 10:57 AEST

The Melanesian Spearhead Group of countries has agreed on a plan to stop the illegal movement of non MSG citizens through their region.

Australian senate inquiry into Pacific labour begins

20 March 2006, 10:46 AEST

An Australian Senate Inquiry into the possibility of Australia's establishing a scheme to allow short-term entry for Pacific Island workers in agricultural industries begins hearings today.

Women weightlifters gear up for Games

17 March 2006, 16:44 AEST

A heavyweight sisterhood is set to make a big impact at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games next week.

Table tennis development on track, despite poor Games showing

17 March 2006, 16:44 AEST

To the Commonwealth Games now, and it's been a disappointing day for Fiji's table tennis team, with Singapore, Malaysia, India and Canada inflicting a number of decisive defeats on the islanders.

MPs subject to strict moral code

17 March 2006, 16:44 AEST

Solomon Islanders aspiring to high political office will be expected to be on their best behaviour when it comes to personal relationships, especially if they're married.

Bougainville authorities welcome foreigner arrests

17 March 2006, 16:44 AEST

Papua New Guinea's foreign minister has welcomed the arrest of two foreigners who'd been living illegally in Bougainville for the past two years.

Sportswomen lobby for greater visibility at Commonwealth Game

16 March 2006, 16:53 AEST

At the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, sportswomen from across the Pacific region have got together in the athletes' village.

Prime Minister Lini to face no-confidence motion

16 March 2006, 16:53 AEST

The Parliament in Vanuatu is set to vote on a Motion of No Confidence in the prime minister, Ham Lini, next Tuesday.

Somare under investigation over forest deal

16 March 2006, 16:53 AEST

A member of Papua New Guinea's forestry board has confirmed the country's prime minister attempted to fast track a controversial logging project in East New Britain Province.

More jobs on Kokoda Trail

16 March 2006, 16:53 AEST

A Papua New Guinea landmark with a special historical significance for many Australians is experiencing a revival.

Army and police thrash out differences over guns purchase

16 March 2006, 16:53 AEST

A war of words has been continuing in Fiji over a batch of guns and ammunition bought by the country's police force.

NZ foreign minister's comments get mixed reaction

16 March 2006, 12:31 AEST

Tonga's pro-democracy movement is unhappy with comments from New Zealand's foreign minister about the pace of political reform in the Kingdom.

Bougainville leader urges Fiji to get citizens out

16 March 2006, 12:31 AEST

A Bougainville leader has urged Fiji leaders to get five of their citizens out of Bougainville to allow the fragile peace process to continue.

Protestors temporarily halt destruction of Sigatoka sand dunes

15 March 2006, 16:15 AEST

For the past week, protestors in Sigatoka along Fiji's Coral Coast have set up a blockade to stop the destruction of sand dunes.

Prime Minister 'confident' of election prospects

15 March 2006, 16:15 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, says he's confident his party will stay in government after next month's general elections.

Directly-elected PM mooted

15 March 2006, 16:15 AEST

A political pressure group in Cook Islands says it's so fed up with politicians changing party allegiances that it's putting forward the idea of a popularly-elected prime minister.

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