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.


Japanese telco takeover sparks foreign ownership fears

14 July 2006, 12:30 AEST

When Japanese telecommunications giant NTT DoCoMo announced its plan to buy two of Guam's largest mobile phone companies, it appeared set to gain an important foothold in the Pacific market.

Total France buys up Shell assets in Fiji, Tonga

13 July 2006, 17:54 AEST

Dutch petrol giant Shell moved a step closer to finalising its complete withdrawal from the Pacific this week, announcing the sale of its network of service stations and storage deports across five countries.

Government confirms commitment to Taipei

13 July 2006, 17:54 AEST

The Solomon Islands government says it maintains diplomatic recognition of Taiwan over mainland China.

Power rates to increase by more than 100 percent

13 July 2006, 17:54 AEST

The power crisis in the Northern Marianas is deepening, with Saipan suffering rolling blackouts.

Prime Minister Qarase optimistic about multi-party cabinet

13 July 2006, 17:54 AEST

Fiji's prime minister Laisenia Qarase says the country's political leaders are trying to make the multi-party cabinet work because that's what the people want.

Witnesses, lawyers fear for safety in criminal cases

12 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

Concerns are being raised in Solomon Islands about the safety of witnesses appearing in high-profile criminal trials.

Kava issue threatens to bring down government

12 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

In New Caledonia, kava consumers have vowed to continue their blockade of the Vanuatu consulate office in Noumea until the government reverses its decision to give exclusive import rights to a Noumea-based company.

National Day celebrations kick off

12 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

Kiribati has been celebrating is national day today.

Leaders meet about how multi-party cabinet will work

12 July 2006, 15:17 AEST

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, met today with opposition leader Mick Beddoes and Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry in Suva.

Getting tourism off the ground

11 July 2006, 15:27 AEST

Ever thought about holidaying in Papua New Guinea? If you're like most people, probably not.

Court orders halt to vote-counting

11 July 2006, 15:12 AEST

A national court in Papua New Guinea has ordered vote-counting to stop after questions were raised about the weekend by-election.

Call for Official Secrets Act to be repealed

11 July 2006, 15:12 AEST

Transparency International Vanuatu is working towards having the country's Official Secrets Act repealed.

Chamber cautious about investigation over Chinese trip

11 July 2006, 15:12 AEST

The business community in Marshall Islands has reacted cautiously to an announcement by the country's parliament or Nitijela that it will look into a trip by a group of Marshallese politicians to China.

Minister has old manslaughter conviction

11 July 2006, 15:12 AEST

The editor of the Samoa Observer newspaper is defending his decision to publish revelations about an associate ministers' 18 year old manslaughter conviction.

Court order granted after poll 'disaster'

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

To Papua New Guinea where voters in the National Capital District went to the polls over the weekend to elect a new governor.

Fiji ban on PNG corned beef now lifted

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

A bitter trade dispute between Papua New Guinea and Fiji appears to be over, after the Fiji government announced it had removed all restrictions on the importation of PNG beef.

Mixed reaction to Australian timber import ban threat

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

Illegal logging and corruption in Papua New Guinea's forest industry have again been attracting international attention.

State assets for sale

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

Tonga is pushing ahead with its program of privatising state-owned assets.

Teachers warned of severe penalties over strike

10 July 2006, 15:33 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, where striking teachers have been warned they face severe penalties if they do not return to work.

Plan to secure safe passage for Fiji ex-soldiers hits snag

7 July 2006, 15:43 AEST

Efforts to secure safe passage for five Fijian former soldiers out of Bougainville may have hit a snag.

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