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.

Stories

Leading author on the Treasure Island scent

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

If you're a best-selling author and a psychologist and believe you've been visited by a ghost in your sleep.

Army wages war on rapacious reptiles

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

'Birds of a feather flock together', as the old expression would have it.

Business fears impact of crime surge

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

The business community in Bougainville says the increasing crime rate is having a negative impact on business and investment on the Island.

National Bank announces new branch

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

The resurgence of business activity in Solomon Islands has prompted the National Bank to invest several million dollars in building a new branch at Tetere, just over 30 kilometres east of Honiara.

Education Ministry to investigate school shooting

4 November 2005, 14:14 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Ministry of Education has announced it will conduct its own inquiry into this week's police shooting of school children in Enga Province.

Budget cuts tax on basic necessities

4 November 2005, 14:14 AEST

The Fiji Government has released this year's budget, delivering good news for poor families.

Constitution Day demonstration in Nuku'alofa

4 November 2005, 14:14 AEST

A large crowd of people attended a demonstration in the Tongan capital, Nuku'alofa, on Friday calling for democratic political reform in the Pacific's only monarchy.

Labor's regional policy attracts friendly fire

4 November 2005, 11:03 AEST

Since last week's Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea, Australia's opposition Labor Party has repeatedly attacked what it sees as the Australian government's poor performance on Pacific affairs.

Preparations for election going well

4 November 2005, 11:03 AEST

Election authorities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas say preparations for this month's election are going well.

ADB welcomes Pacific Plan adoption

4 November 2005, 11:03 AEST

The Asian Development Bank's top official for the Pacific has congratulated Pacific Islands Forum Island leaders for endorsing the Pacific Plan at their meeting in Papua New Guinea late last month.

Police Minister calls for investigation of fatal school shooting

3 November 2005, 16:13 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, anger and frustration is mounting over the death of a student at the hands of the police in Enga Province.

EU optimistic on the future of trade talks

3 November 2005, 16:07 AEST

The head of the European Commission's Pacific policy unit has called on countries in the region to help step up the pace of negotiations over the region's future trade relationship with Europe.

Leaked report says doctors also need to pull their weight

3 November 2005, 16:07 AEST

In Samoa, the long awaited Commission of Inquiry into the eight week old doctors strike is expected to be tabled in Parliament this week.

Greens breakthrough in Port Vila council election

3 November 2005, 10:34 AEST

Results in Vanuatu's Municipal election for the Port Vila Council were declared yesterday, with a big break-through for the Greens.

Deputy PM Sato Kilman visits Australia

3 November 2005, 10:34 AEST

Vanuatu's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sato Kilman, is visiting Australia at the moment to discuss among other things, Australia's aid to Vanuatu, and the need to strengthen his country's economy.

Chamorro unhappy with US marines relocation to Guam

3 November 2005, 10:34 AEST

There has been a mixed reaction on Guam to the decision to move up to seven thousand United States Marines to the island from their base on Okinawa in Japan.

Opponent of Ramu nickel project assaulted

2 November 2005, 16:16 AEST

In Papua New Guinea's Madang province, there are allegations that supporters of the Ramu nickel project have attacked and injured a leading opponent of the mine.

Detainees from centre arrive in Melbourne

2 November 2005, 16:16 AEST

25 immigration detainees been held for the past four years on the island of Nauru, arrived in the southern Australian city of Melbourne early on Wednesday.

No mineable uranium says exploration company

2 November 2005, 16:16 AEST

Australian exploration company Yamarna Goldfields has announced it's pulling out of a project to possibly mine Uranium on Niue, after exploration drilling failed to find any commercially exploitable deposits.

Demands for police to face the law for student shooting

2 November 2005, 16:16 AEST

There's outrage in Papua New Guinea over the police killing of a primary school student.

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