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.


Crime unit lays charges in wake of drug bust

9 March 2006, 14:28 AEST

Samoa's Transnational Crime Unit has seized guns and a quantity of cocaine in a recent raid on a major drug smuggling syndicate.

Government cost-cutting program continues

9 March 2006, 14:28 AEST

The new administration of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is continuing its tough cost-cutting program, with cabinet members and public servants facing salary cuts.

Chiefs endorse status quo for Presidency

8 March 2006, 16:09 AEST

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs has endorsed a second term for the country's President and Vice-President.

Political infighting may result in hung parliament

8 March 2006, 15:42 AEST

Which party has a majority in the Cook islands parliament? It sounds like the sort of question which should have a straightforward answer - but it doesn't.

Aids Council urged to do more to involve HIV-positive

8 March 2006, 15:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Aids Council has been urged to involve people living with HIV-Aids in its fight against the virus.

Indonesian ambassador reassures asylum-seekers

8 March 2006, 14:32 AEST

Indonesia's new ambassador to Australia has moved to reassure a group of asylum-seekers from the province of Papua, saying they won't come to harm if they return to Indonesia.

Kava ban proposals concern Pacific communities

8 March 2006, 14:32 AEST

A decision by Australia's new Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough to push for a national ban on kava is stirring up debate in Australia and the Pacific.

Illegal Pacific immigrants likely to avoid census

8 March 2006, 14:32 AEST

On Tuesday night, New Zealand undertook what has been referred to as the largest peacetime activity - its national census.

Reconciliation and governance are top campaign issues

8 March 2006, 14:32 AEST

Fiji goes to the polls next month and Australia has announced it will send observers and provide a million Australian dollars in funding to help insure the vote is free and fair.

High Commissioner's sacking sparks political debate

7 March 2006, 15:42 AEST

The Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand, Dr Robert Woonton, has been sacked.

MSG meeting to target regional security

7 March 2006, 15:34 AEST

Trade disputes and security concerns are expected to be at the top of the agenda at this year's Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting in Vanuatu.

Oral history recorded for future generations

7 March 2006, 12:51 AEST

Cook Islands authorities have stepped up efforts to preserve the country's oral history, for the sake of future generations.

Meeting to consider HIV-AIDS prevention measures

7 March 2006, 12:51 AEST

Papua New Guinea is this week hosting the country's first National HIV Prevention Summit, aimed at examining the context, strategies and the nature Of HIV Prevention in PNG.

National tuna company announces new jobs

7 March 2006, 12:51 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the government-owed tuna company, Soltai, has taken possession of two new pole-and-line fishing vessels that will spearhead its ambitious new expansion plan.

Athletes arrive in Melbourne ahead of Games

7 March 2006, 12:51 AEST

To sport, now, and Melbourne's Commonwealth Games Village has come to life with athletes from around the globe moving into the purpose-built accommodation.

Police suggest OITC billions may be a scam

6 March 2006, 15:59 AEST

In Fiji, there are fears that some chiefs may have already signed over land rights to a shadowy foreign organisation in what police believe may be a scam.

Threats to relinquish citizenship a 'stunt'

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

The Kiribati government has dismissed as a publicity stunt threats by a group of its expatriate citizens, who have warned they are ready to become citizens of Fiji.

US sets up seismic monitoring stations

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

Scientists from the United States will soon be working in Kiribati, operating seismic monitoring stations which should help global efforts to understand earthquakes.

Work to begin on National College facilities

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

Work has begun to rebuild the education facilities at the College of the Marshall Islands, which has been struggling to survive amid a number of serious concerns - including the health of its students.

Australian labour shortages lead to illegal employment

6 March 2006, 11:40 AEST

A new survey of fruit and vegetable growers in the Australian state of Victoria has labour shortages has led to them hiring illegal immigrants to work on their farms during the picking season.

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