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.


Treasurer remains concerned about economic future

16 May 2006, 9:02 AEST

The Treasurer of Papua New Guinea, Bart Philemon, has reiterated his concerns about the economic future of his country, saying the next 12 months will be a critical time for the government to show it can manage its finances responsibly.

Qarase wins Lau seat with massive majority

16 May 2006, 9:02 AEST

Fiji's caretaker prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has polled an overwhelming 93 per cent of the vote in his Lau communal seat, as counting continues following last week's general election.

Vote counting begins, but results not expected for some time

15 May 2006, 15:02 AEST

Counting is underway in Fiji's general election, but it may be some time before results become available.

Government throws financial support behind Solomon Islands

15 May 2006, 15:02 AEST

PNG's Foreign Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, has defended the decision by Papua New Guinea to offer Solomon Islands 20 million kina - that's about US$6.

Robert Keith-Reid, journalist and publisher, dead at 64

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

The Pacific has lost one of its finest journalists.

Business leaders set to discuss life beyond mineral boom

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

Senior Government and business leaders from Papua New Guinea are meeting in northern Australia for the 22nd Australia-PNG Business Forum.

Marines on the way, as part of US-Japan defence realignment

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

Ending more than three years of gruelling negotiations, US and Japanese officials signed a set of agreements in Washington this month, to re-align US military forces in Japan by 2014.

Country's 'least developed' status angers officials

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

Papua New Guinea has condemned the decision by the United Nations to downgrade its international status to that of 'least developed country'.

Observers reject Labour claims of polling fraud

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

As counting in Fiji's elections begins on Monday, two groups of international observers of the Fiji elections have discounted allegations by the Opposition Fiji Labour Party, suggesting widespread fraud in the voting process.

Prime Minister Sogavare calls for DPP's resignation

12 May 2006, 15:24 AEST

In Solomon Islands comments by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday sent shock waves throughout the capital.

Former Prime Minister Rabuka charged over 2000 mutiny

12 May 2006, 14:21 AEST

Headline news in Fiji today is that former PM and military commander Sitiveni Rabuka has been charged with incitement to mutiny.

Opposition attacks elections chief over voting problems

12 May 2006, 13:30 AEST

Fiji's supervisor of elections is coming under increasing attack from the Opposition Coalition - in particular the Fiji Labour Party - for alleged bias in the conduct of the Fiji election which is now in its sixth day.

Mother says Indonesian intelligence forced her to make statement

12 May 2006, 13:30 AEST

The mother of young Papuan girl alleged Indonesian intelligence officers threatened her with death, if she didn't make a televised appeal for the return of her daughter, who has been granted asylum in Australia with her father.

Mother says military forced her into public statements

12 May 2006, 8:48 AEST

A Papuan woman who says she was told to make a public statement by Indonesian Intelligence Officers or face death has made some more, astonishing claims.

Tension on the rise as police clashes with rebels

11 May 2006, 15:44 AEST

Bougainville's police minister is seeking urgent talks with his Papua New Guinea counterpart, following a recent flare-up in the island's south between police and rebels loyal to Noah Musingku.

Australia's top cop says cash changed hands in recent poll

11 May 2006, 14:58 AEST

Australia's police chief, Mick Keelty says intelligence shows that a lot of money was changing hands during the election process in Solomon Islands.

Polling continues smoothly in outer islands

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

Fiji has entered Day 5 of the general elections, and things appear to be settling down after a chaotic start on the first day due to the late delivery of ballot papers.

New university programs for Francophone students

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

With around 40 percent of ni-Vanuatu students enrolled in French-language schools, there's a growing need in the country for Francophone tertiary institutions, in which to accommodate the high school graduates.

PNG experience could help Solomons strengthen party system

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

The political instability in Solomon Islands that has provided it with three Prime Ministers in less than a month has been somewhat of a common feature in most of the countries of Melanesia since they moved to Independence 25 to 30 years ago.

Students say they are desperate to escape military

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

Earlier this week, three Papuans landed on an Australian island in the Torres Strait, after fleeing their homeland.

Contact the studio

Got something to say about what you're hearing on the radio right now?

Send your texts to +61 427 72 72 72

Add the hashtag #raonair to add your tweets to the conversation.

Email us your thoughts on an issue. Messages may be used on air.