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.


Aus lawyer fears for future of judiciary

28 June 2007, 16:31 AEST

An Australian lawyer recently deported from Fiji says he fears for the future of Fiji's appeals court.

Dolphin Exporter not ruling out more exports

28 June 2007, 16:29 AEST

The operator of the dolphin business in Solomon Islands, Christopher Potter says he's not ruling out the possibility of exporting more dolphins.

Humane Society critical of dolphin exports

28 June 2007, 16:29 AEST

The Humane Society International is disappointed by the decision of the Solomon Islands government to lift a ban on the export of live dolphins.

Australia Bans kava imports.

28 June 2007, 11:12 AEST

Australia is banning imports of kava, the traditional drink of the South Pacific.

Unclaimed babies bodies buried

28 June 2007, 11:06 AEST

The bodies of 46 babies and children left in the Port Moresby hospital morgue for up to a year have been buried by a charity group.

Govenment denies imposing reporting ban

28 June 2007, 11:05 AEST

The daily broadcast of news from Tonga's parliament on the state run broadcaster has resumed after being cancelled for a week.

announcement of new Fiji sanctions delayed

27 June 2007, 16:20 AEST

The New Zealand government has deferred an announcement on what additional sanctions will be imposed on Fiji in retaliation for the expulsion of New Zealand diplomat Michael Green.

No review of Australian lawyer's deportation

27 June 2007, 16:14 AEST

Authorities in Fiji are standing firm on the reasons for deporting Australian Lawyer John Cameron.

Flights to Bougainville disrupted by bomb threat

27 June 2007, 16:12 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a bomb threat has caused the cancellation of all flights into the Bougainville Autonomous region.

Operation to stop child abuse in Aboriginal communities

27 June 2007, 16:10 AEST

A major logistical operation has begun in Australia's Northern Territory as the government's assistance mission swings into action to combat rampant child abuse in remote Aboriginal commuities.

claims Aust Govt is mistaken about kava

27 June 2007, 16:10 AEST

The Vanuatu Kava Growers Association says the Australian government doesn't understand the effects of drinking kava.

Chief gets approval for retrial

27 June 2007, 11:42 AEST

The Fiji High Court has ordered a retrial of convicted Naitasiri high chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata on charges of inciting a military mutiny in November 2000.

Australian lawyer deported

27 June 2007, 11:41 AEST

Deported Australian lawyer John Cameron has denied Fijian claims that he breached his work permit.

Election preparations underway

27 June 2007, 11:35 AEST

Voting begins in Papua New Guinea's General Election this weekend.

PNG:World leader in green standards for palm oil

27 June 2007, 11:35 AEST

Papua New Guinea is leading the world in environmental standards in the growing of oil palm.

Final preparations for general election

26 June 2007, 15:54 AEST

Papua New Guineans go to the polls in just a few days to elect the country's eighth national parliament.

Taskforce completes consultations on RAMSI

26 June 2007, 15:29 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum Taskforce has completed its final round of consultations in Solomon islands, leaving a clear picture that Solomon Islanders want the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI to stay.

Aboriginal intervention similar to Pacific efforts

26 June 2007, 15:27 AEST

An Australian academic says the federal governments intervention into Aboriginal communities has similarities to its actions in the Pacific, especially Solomon Islands.

Unofficial WW2 jungle museum

26 June 2007, 11:42 AEST

Throughout Central and North Pacific there are hundreds of tanks, planes, and ships left over from World War Two.

Samoa an example to entire region says academic

26 June 2007, 11:40 AEST

Pacific island nations who want to avoid the label of "fragile state" should probably look to Samoa for inspiration, according to Ron Duncan, professor of governance at the University of the South Pacific.

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