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.


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.

Solomon Islands chosen for oeCD study on aid effectiveness

2 November 2005, 10:45 AEST

Solomon Islands is to be one nine countries around the world chosen to take part in a two year pilot project aimed at improving the effectiveness of aid delivery in fragile states.

President thanks NZ for help in building new library

1 November 2005, 13:57 AEST

The President of Bougainville has thanked the people of New Zealand for their support in the establishment of a new Library on the Island.

Senior EU policy advisor visits region

1 November 2005, 13:57 AEST

The European Commission's newly appointed director responsible for the Pacific arrives in Fiji on Wednesday as part of a Pacific tour which kicked off in Papua New Guinea last week.

South Korea could be new pumpkin export market

1 November 2005, 13:57 AEST

Tonga hopes to begin selling squash in the potentially lucrative South Korean market by next year.

Flash floods break drought and force evacuations

1 November 2005, 13:57 AEST

Drought conditions which gripped parts of Fiji's main island Viti Levu appear to have been broken after two days of heavy rain caused flooding and forced evacuations in parts of the island.

Family breakdowns blamed for increase in street kids

1 November 2005, 10:54 AEST

In Fiji, broken homes and dysfunctional families have again been cited as reasons behind the increasing number of under-aged children living on the streets.

Inaugural Bounty reunion hailed a success

1 November 2005, 10:54 AEST

The Society of the Descendants of Bounty Mutineers in Papeete, French Polynesia, organised a reunion over the weekend to celebrate and commemorate the arrival of His Britannic Majesty's ship, the Bounty 217 years ago.

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