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.


Air Nauru appeal to lease back plane turned down

22 December 2005, 11:06 AEST

Air Nauru's hopes of regaining its only aircraft were dashed today when U-S Eport Import Bank refused the government's offer to take out a short term lease.

Investigation into alleged 2000 plot to bomb airport

22 December 2005, 10:56 AEST

In Fiji police have opened new investigations into plans to bomb Nadi airport during the 2000 coup.

Family lodges damages claim for death of Tongan detainee

22 December 2005, 10:56 AEST

Today is the fifth anniversary of the death of Tongan Viliami Tanginoa in Melbourne's Maribyrnong Detention Centre.

Reform of Public Service will take time

21 December 2005, 15:53 AEST

Improving standards in the public service in Solomon Islands is going to take time.

Seeking ILO membership

21 December 2005, 15:21 AEST

Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands are moving to join the International Labour Organisation, which links governments, employers and trade unions to set international labour standards.

Power cuts hit Saipan

21 December 2005, 15:21 AEST

The lights started going out on Saipan on Wednesday, and it looks as if the power crisis won't be resolved any time soon.

Safe Haven Permit discussed to fight human trafficking

21 December 2005, 11:33 AEST

In Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, an international humanitarian group has launched a pilot project to help young girls caught-up in the human trafficking network.

Australian Police assist with Suva fire investigation

20 December 2005, 16:13 AEST

Investigators from the Australian Federal Police arrived in Fiji last night to investigate the cause of a major fire which completely destroyed a shopping centre in the capital Suva.

Air Nauru charter to aid stranded passengers

20 December 2005, 16:13 AEST

Air Nauru has organised charter flights for passengers stranded when the airline's only plane was seized by the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Govt Minister urges ex-Fiji soldiers to leave PNG peacefully

20 December 2005, 16:13 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Government is warning five former Fiji soldiers who are still in Bougainville not to attempt to illegally slip out of the country via Solomon Islands.

Former PM hits the hustings for next years elections

20 December 2005, 11:16 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister who was removed from office in the coup in June 2000, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, has launched his Liberal Party's campaign for the national elections in March.

Minister rejects criticism of WTO deal

20 December 2005, 11:16 AEST

Tonga's Minister of Commerce and Labour, Fred Sevele, has angrily rejected charges that the country is joining the World Trade Organisation under some of the worst conditions ever.

Papuan groups form national coalition

20 December 2005, 11:16 AEST

Organisations campaigning for independence in the Indonesian province of Papua have formed a new umbrella organisation - the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation.

RAMSI reviews work on Weathercoast

19 December 2005, 18:45 AEST

Australia's Justice Minister, Senator Ellison, and the Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, are in Solomon Islands to check up on how the Australian led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, is faring.

Union strikes and blockades over - for now

19 December 2005, 17:06 AEST

A week of strikes and blockades in New Caledonia has ended, after a meeting on Saturday between the French High Commission and the USTKE union confederation.

Loses vital link to outside world

19 December 2005, 17:06 AEST

Nauru 's only passenger jet has been seized by Trustees after a ruling by the Australian High Court.

Nurses strike over pay and working conditions

19 December 2005, 17:06 AEST

Nurses in Papua New Guinea walked off the job this morning despite being told the strike action is illegal and disciplinary action will be taken against those taking part in the stop work.

Ministry continues to dock cash from military chief

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

Fiji's Ministry of Finance is insisting that a surcharge on military commander Frank Bainimarama's salary continue - that's in spite of a High Court ruling on the matter.

legislation reforms planned to address hivaids

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Special Parliamentary Committee on HIV / AIDS has just completed a regional tour of areas worst hit by the disease.

Safe sex message contines to be ignored

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the official number of people living with HIV and AIDS is just under 12,000, but studies estimate that between 60 and 80,000 people are now infected, out of a population of just over five million.

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