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.


US Ambassador acknowledges free speech advances

15 March 2006, 12:09 AEST

The US ambassador to Tonga has acknowledged that Tonga has moved forward in the area of freedom of speech.

Deportees import US gang culture

14 March 2006, 16:41 AEST

Tonga's former police minister is blaming US gang members for an upsurge in violent criminal activity in the Kingdom.

Governor Fitial abolishes Public Lands Authority

14 March 2006, 16:41 AEST

Workers in the Northern Marianas are starting to feel the pinch under new government measures to reign in spending.

German-funded project to promote better land management

14 March 2006, 16:41 AEST

The German government says it's happy with progress being made on a trial land management program in Fiji, which is encouraging what is being referred to as a "multi-functional" approach to land use.

Consortium plans to invest millions in Honiara resort

14 March 2006, 16:41 AEST

In Solomon Islands a consortium led by a Malaysian businessman has unveiled plans to invest about A$25 million in a resort and casino complex in the capital Honiara.

Team mourns death of father of soccer

14 March 2006, 16:41 AEST

Vanuatu's Commonwealth Games team is mourning the death of the Football Federation president, Johnny Tinsley-Lulu, who has died after a long illness.

Prime Minister flags possible Bougainville mine reopening

14 March 2006, 16:41 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, says his government is ready to lift the moratorium on Bougainville's Panguna copper mine, if the mine's operators believe the time is right.

Labour Party leader warns of corruption at polls

13 March 2006, 16:34 AEST

The leader of the Solomon Islands Labour Party is warning of likely corruption surrounding next month's general elections.

US human rights report gets mixed reviews

13 March 2006, 16:23 AEST

The US State Department has released its annual report on the state of human rights worldwide, and already its getting a mixed reception in the Pacific.

Pedestrian fatalities reduced by road safety awarness

13 March 2006, 16:23 AEST

'Drivers beware' is the message from road traffic authorities across the region.

Young people campaign for regional biodiversity

13 March 2006, 16:23 AEST

Postcards from hundreds of young people around the Pacific will be travelling to Brazil this week, to tell the region's and the world's leaders the importance of saving Pacific Island biodiversity.

Cultural festival kicks off in Auckland

10 March 2006, 16:58 AEST

It's billed as the biggest free community event of its kind anywhere in the world.

Air Nauru flights to resume with new aircraft

10 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

Air Nauru says its purchase of a new 737 will see the resumption of all of its flights and the possible expansion into new Pacific routes.

Banaban author joins fight for Rabi pensions

10 March 2006, 9:53 AEST

An author from the Kiribati island of Banaba says the fight to extend the old age pension to elderly I-Kiribati citizens on Rabi Island in Fiji is only beginning.

MSG to stop 'back door' entry into Bougainville

10 March 2006, 9:53 AEST

Solomon Islands' newly appointed High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Bernard Bata'anisa, says he is determined not to allow his country to become a 'back door' for Fijians trying to enter PNG illegally.

Hundreds of jobs from manganese project

10 March 2006, 9:53 AEST

In Vanuatu, a manganese project on the main island of Efate will create hundreds of jobs, according to the project proponents.

Bikini islanders sue United States for US$563m

10 March 2006, 9:53 AEST

The people on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands are getting ready to sue the US government for more than US$500 million in compensation.

Food supplies sent to flood-ravaged atolls

9 March 2006, 15:58 AEST

Authorities on Bougainville have sent emergency food supplies to more than 4000 people in the outer atolls, after severe storm surges completely destroyed food gardens on the atolls.

Kava controversy could bring down government

9 March 2006, 14:29 AEST

The saga over who should control the export of Vanuatu kava is continuing this week, amid claims the controversy could bring down the government of Prime Minister Ham Lini.

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.

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