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.


Reconciliation Over Vice-President dispute

10 May 2007, 15:50 AEST

Bougainville President Joseph Kabui will not dismiss his deputy for drinking alcohol at a recent funeral.

Soldiers funeral today in Pago Pago

10 May 2007, 15:48 AEST

Flags are flying at half mast in the American Samoan capital today mourning the death of the 12th Samoan serving in the US armed forces in Iraq.

Possible US PT boat wreck uncovered.

10 May 2007, 15:46 AEST

Attempts are being made to determine the origins of a newly discovered shipwreck in Solomon Islands' Western province.

Pressure to continue on Fiji for elections

10 May 2007, 10:11 AEST

The Bush administration is vowing to keep up pressure on Fiji's military leaders to hold democratic elections in the wake of last year's coup.

PM says Ramsi Envoy is a buffer.

10 May 2007, 10:10 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the newly appointed envoy to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands will act as a buffer between RAMSI and his government.

pro-independents say election result a victory

10 May 2007, 10:07 AEST

Segolene Royal may not have won the French Presidential election, but the pro-independence party in French Polynesia is calling it a victory.

govt appoints envoy to RAMSI

9 May 2007, 17:37 AEST

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manessah Sogavare has appointed an envoy to the regional assistance mission RAMSI.

Govt announces change of foreign aid priorities

9 May 2007, 16:07 AEST

Australia's annual budget announced in Canberra last night marked a changing of foreign aid priorities between East Asia and the South Pacific.

SOLOMON IS; PM stands byt Moti

9 May 2007, 16:04 AEST

However, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare remains defiant on the issue of Julian Moti.

govt wants to reopen copper mine

9 May 2007, 16:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Autonomous Bougainville province wants to reopen the giant Panguna Copper Mine.

Recall of envoys part of public service clean-up

9 May 2007, 10:55 AEST

Fiji's interim government says there is nothing sinister in the decision to recall six envoys serving in overseas missions.

Low-skilled immigration hits Maori and Pacific people says economi

9 May 2007, 10:34 AEST

A New Zealand researcher is questioning whether immigration is having a positive economic effect on the country, and in particular Maori people.

Dispute over judicial appointments continues

9 May 2007, 10:33 AEST

In Fiji, the dispute between the interim government and the Law Society over the appointment of the Chief Justice has been given an added twist.

The country's first pidgin bible nears completion.

9 May 2007, 10:29 AEST

Translators working on Solomon Islands first pidgin bible are close to completing their 12-year-long project.

US warns of strongmen in the region

8 May 2007, 15:56 AEST

The U-S.

3.5 million to vote next month

8 May 2007, 15:54 AEST

More than three and a half million voters in Papua New Guinea go to the polls next month.

PNG:Former PM says Moti affair may affect PM's electoral chances

8 May 2007, 15:52 AEST

As Papua New Guinea prepares for the general election, the big question is whether the man they call 'The Chief' can keep the top job.

Call for more spending on health aid

8 May 2007, 15:45 AEST

Aid agency, World Vision is calling on the Australian government to dramatically increase its health aid spending for the Asia Pacific region.

Two pro-democracy activists guilty over protest

8 May 2007, 11:47 AEST

Campaigners for political reform in Tonga have been found guilty of charges relating to a protest in June last year.

AUS South Pacific aid budget "distorted"

8 May 2007, 11:45 AEST

Australia's Labor Opposition says Australia's aid to the South Pacific has been distorted by the so-called Pacific solution - the creation of detention camps for asylum seekers in the region.

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