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.


Calls for more financial accountability

31 August 2006, 10:42 AEST

The Solomon Islands Ombudsman, John-Smith Pitabelama says there needs to be more accountability on how sports bodies and associations use public funds.

Officials lobby US for radar system

31 August 2006, 10:41 AEST

Japan's Kyodo news agency says the United States wants to deploy another radar system in the Western Pacific in response to North Korea's firing of ballistic missiles last month.

Monarchy developing website

31 August 2006, 10:41 AEST

Tonga's monarchy is moving into the 21st century by setting up its own website.

Youth alliance proposed for Melanesia

31 August 2006, 10:36 AEST

Youth issues are taking on an increasingly important role in the Pacific.

Civil service does not reflect nation's racial make up

30 August 2006, 15:15 AEST

While Indians represent about 40 per cent of Fiji's population, their numbers in the civil service are between 20 and 30 per cent.

Country leads the way in turtle protection

30 August 2006, 11:39 AEST

In this, the Pacific Year of the Sea Turtle, Fiji continues to lead efforts in the region to protect sea turtles from extinction.

Nation to host Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit

30 August 2006, 10:53 AEST

Palau is preparing to host the first Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit to be held in the capital Koror next week, several months after China hosted a Pacific summit in Fiji.

Website to provide information on regional integration

30 August 2006, 10:53 AEST

The team behind a new website for the Pacific is hoping it can fill any void in the amount of information available on one of the most controversial trade and aid issues around.

Court hears assassination plot

29 August 2006, 15:35 AEST

A plot to assassinate former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza and three cabinet ministers has been revealed in the Honiara Magistrates Court.

Military expansion plans generate debate

29 August 2006, 15:35 AEST

Australia's announcement that it's increasing the size of its military is still creating ripples around the Pacific.

Australia will not seek Pacific recruits

29 August 2006, 11:48 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard announced last week that the government is to spend about seven billion US dollars over the next 11 years expanding the Australian Army to build up two new battalions or two-and-a-half-thousand extra soldiers.

Plans to improve infrastructure

29 August 2006, 11:48 AEST

There's a new push to improve infrastructure in the Pacific.

Power rationing introduced

29 August 2006, 11:48 AEST

Authorities in Palau including the President have assured the community, they are doing all they can to end the continuing power crisis.

New air service begins

28 August 2006, 15:15 AEST

The Chief Executive Officer of Papua New Guinea's newest international airline says the introduction of its Boeing B737 service between Australia and PNG is the start of a positive choice for the travelling public as well as the private sector.

Calls for minimum wage to be increased

28 August 2006, 15:15 AEST

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions says the government's move to raise the country's legal minimum wage is long overdue.

Australia's army expansion criticised

28 August 2006, 15:15 AEST

The Vanuatu government says Australia's decision to boost its army by an extra two-thousand-600 soldiers is not the solution to addressing problems in the Pacific.

Anti-corruption unit to be set up

28 August 2006, 15:15 AEST

Tonga is hoping to follow the example of other countries such as Hong Kong and Australia to stamp out corruption in its public sector.

Mexican fishermen return home after nine-month ordeal

28 August 2006, 11:13 AEST

In the Marshall Islands, one of the year's most amazing stories of survival involving three Mexican fisherman has drawn to a close.

Police want government vehicles released

28 August 2006, 11:13 AEST

A senior Papua New Guinea police officer has urged a P-N-G car dealer to release six Southern highlands provincial government vehicles.

Traditional economy being promoted

28 August 2006, 11:13 AEST

The Vanuatu government is defending its efforts to promote the country's traditional economy.

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