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.


Expatriate doctors urged to return home

7 September 2006, 15:58 AEST

Papua New Guinean doctors and other medical professionals now working overseas have been challenged to return home and contribute to health care in the country.

Taiwan-Pacific meeting described as very successful

7 September 2006, 15:58 AEST

The inaugural Taiwan-Pacific Summit held in Palau has ended with a signed declaration under which Taiwan and her six allies in the Pacific will work together on various areas of common interest.

Problems with electronic votes

7 September 2006, 10:58 AEST

The Guam Election Commission had major problems with electronic votes cast in at least one precinct during the primary elections in Guam last Saturday.

Calls for traditional justice in rape crimes to be stopped

6 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

Government's and community leaders in the Pacific have been urged to work together to stamp out the use of traditional and cultural practices to solve serious crimes like rape.

One year until 2007 Rugby World Cup

6 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

With one year to go until the start of the 2007 Rugby World cup, the next 12 months are significant for Pacific Island union.

Crackdown on illegal fire arms

6 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

Papua New Guinea security forces say they plan to raid targeted areas in P-N-G's Southern Highlands province for illegal firearms.

Court finds bribery and corruption rife in general elections

6 September 2006, 10:50 AEST

The fallout from Samoa's March general elections continues following Supreme Court rulings that acts of bribery and corruption did take place.

Former PM not challenging Fiji Chiefs' status

6 September 2006, 10:50 AEST

There have been calls for Fiji's former Prime Minister and coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, to step down from the Great Council of Chiefs.

Calls for stronger measures to control crime

5 September 2006, 16:10 AEST

Community leaders in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have raised concerns about increasing crimes in the state.

More community involvement required

5 September 2006, 16:10 AEST

The European Commission wants to see more community involvement and better governance in the Pacific.

Customary gift giving posing a challenge to politicians

5 September 2006, 16:10 AEST

In New Zealand politicians are wrestling with the curly issue of how to reconcile customary gift-giving with potential conflicts of interest.

Cheap Pacific bananas a no-no

5 September 2006, 13:37 AEST

The cost of bananas illustrates why Australia ought to do more to lower trade barriers with the Pacific, according to the Australia-Pacific Islands Business Council.

Proposed fisheries legislation being examined

5 September 2006, 11:31 AEST

A parliamentary committee in Fiji is examining the prospect of introducing legislation, which would give ownership of the country's fisheries to indigenous owners, instead of the state.

Constitutional review questions MPs allegiance

4 September 2006, 15:42 AEST

A call for a review of Nauru's constitution has caused division within the country.

PM still has confidence in Commission Chair

4 September 2006, 15:42 AEST

The Solomon Island's Prime Minister says he still has confidence in a former Australian Federal Court Judge who he's appointed as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the violence in Honiara in April.

European Commission allocates funding to renewable energy pro

4 September 2006, 11:44 AEST

The European Commission has announced a plan to spend six and a half million US dollars over three years on renewable energy projects in three French Pacific territories.

Electricity price increased by 30 per cent

4 September 2006, 11:44 AEST

The price of electricity in Fiji is going up by 30 per cent.

Congressman wins Democrat nomination to run for Governor

4 September 2006, 11:44 AEST

Guam's former delegate to the US House of Representatives, Congressman Robert A Underwood, has won the Democrat nomination to run for Governor of Guam.

100 dollar note launched

1 September 2006, 15:35 AEST

Improved economic conditions and higher demand for cash money has prompted the Central Bank of Solomon Islands to introduce a new 100 dollar note.

PM strongly criticised in court

1 September 2006, 14:40 AEST

The Solomon Islands Solicitor General has strongly criticised two of the terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry into the April riots in Honiara set up by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

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