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.


Protest for removal of Vice President

4 May 2007, 15:52 AEST

Around five thousand people protested at the Autonomous Bougainville Government headquarters at Buka today for the removal of the Vice President, Joseph Watawi.

GUAM:lucrative contracts in US base upgrade

4 May 2007, 15:50 AEST

The White House says Australian and New Zealand businesses are well placed to win a big share of some very lucrative contracts in a major upgrade of US military installations on its North Western Pacific territory of Guam.

Pearl Farming Project Survives Tsunami

4 May 2007, 11:31 AEST

Solomon Islands' only pearl farming project survived the tsunami that devastated parts of the western part of the country last month.

US Admiral says China wants a blue water navy

4 May 2007, 11:29 AEST

A United States Admiral says China aims to develop a long-distance navy to reach out into the Asia Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Attorney-General concerned about personal threat

3 May 2007, 17:04 AEST

Tonga's attorney-general says personal threats against her will not affect the conduct of upcoming court cases involving people charged over the November riot which all-but destroyed central Nukualofa.

law passed to allow casinos

3 May 2007, 15:51 AEST

Papua New Guinea has passed a new gaming law to allow casinos and online gambling in a bid to boost the country's economy.

Minister wants typhoid travel warnings lifted

3 May 2007, 15:44 AEST

Fiji wants New Zealand and Australia to lift their travel warnings over an outbreak of typhoid.

water initiative model for region

3 May 2007, 14:07 AEST

French Polynesia has won endorsement for an initiative on water that may have benefits for other Pacific Island nations.

Moti to be appointed AG

3 May 2007, 14:07 AEST

Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare has confirmed Julian Moti will be appointed as Attorney General next week.

Congressman accuses US of double standard

3 May 2007, 13:48 AEST

The United States government should have invited Fiji military strongman Frank Bainimarama to Washington to take part in next week's Pacific Island Conference of Leaders in Washington.

FRENCH POLY:attempt to woo non-voters in 2nd round

2 May 2007, 16:23 AEST

In the last days before the second round of the French presidential elections, both major political parties in French Polynesia have taken to the streets, to convince voters to turn up to the polls this Saturday.

PM claims economic success

2 May 2007, 16:23 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime minister Sir Michael Somare has told the final session of Parliament that his government has ended a full five-year term by restoring economic progress and political stability.

Stay-home strike a fizzer says PSC

2 May 2007, 15:57 AEST

Fiji's Public Service Commission says yesterday's anti-government stay-at-home protest was a fizzer.

State Funeral for Cabinet Minister

2 May 2007, 15:56 AEST

A state funeral will be held on Friday for the Solomon Islands Public Service Minister, Joses Sanga.

Pro-independence protest over status

2 May 2007, 11:16 AEST

More than one thousand people in the Indonesian province of Papua have taken part in a pro-independence demonstration in the town of Manokwari.

PACIFIC; leaders to meet in US

1 May 2007, 16:27 AEST

In just over a week the leaders and representatives from 20 Pacific Island Nations will be gathering in Washington DC.

Mixed reports on success of stay-home protest

1 May 2007, 16:27 AEST

There are conflicting reports from Fiji about the results of a stay home from work protest against the military-installed interim government.

election could determine nuclear compensation

1 May 2007, 16:26 AEST

It's 11 years since the French stopped nuclear testing in the South Pacific on the French Polynesian atoll of Mururoa.

Queens Council fears for his safety

1 May 2007, 16:26 AEST

The case against Fiji's interim government by the deposed prime minister and his SDL party has again been adjourned until next month after issues of safety were raised.

VANUATU:new tourist online TV site

1 May 2007, 16:25 AEST

If you are a fan of the internet, and online technology, then video streaming websites like "Youtube" or "My Space" are no mystery.

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