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.


Da Vinci Code banned for being 'anti-Christian'

24 May 2006, 8:44 AEST

Samoa's principal censor has banned the film adaptation of Dan Brown's bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code.

Air Nauru moves ahead with downsize in a bid to survive

23 May 2006, 15:32 AEST

Nauru's national airline, Air Nauru, is having to downsize its operation after failing to find a replacement for the aircraft reposssed by the Ex-Im bank in December last year.

Indonesian intelligence sent to find asylum-seeker's mother

23 May 2006, 15:32 AEST

Papua New Guinea police have intercepted three men apparently dispatched by the Indonesian government to locate a Papuan woman in hiding in PNG.

Nine Labour ministers to be sworn-in on Wednesday

23 May 2006, 15:32 AEST

The Fiji Labour Party has backed away from plans not to accept cabinet positions it was offered over the weekend.

Regional police pleased with their contribution to RAMSI

23 May 2006, 15:32 AEST

The contribution of Pacific police to the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon islands, RAMSI, is going to benefit regional police work for years to come, according to two of the region's police force commanders.

Labour Party opts not to attend cabinet swearing-in ceremony

23 May 2006, 8:47 AEST

Fiji's opposition Labour Party has decided not to attend today's swearing-in of members of Cabinet.

Teachers continue to defy orders to return to work

23 May 2006, 8:36 AEST

The teachers' union in Papua New Guinea has issued a nationwide appeal to all its members to return to work immediately, following concerns many schools are still closed.

SPC to tackle high levesl of 'lifestyle' diseases

23 May 2006, 8:36 AEST

Nauru is introducing measures to improve the health of its citizens, with the development of a plan to address so-called 'lifestyle' diseases.

Small arms pose a unique threat to island-states

23 May 2006, 8:36 AEST

Pacific island governments have been urged to pay more attention to the threat of small arms.

Social workers to live in most remote community

23 May 2006, 8:36 AEST

Hundreds of New Zealand social workers are lining up for a chance to work in one of the world's most remote communities - Pitcairn Island.

Labour may walk away from cabinet positions

22 May 2006, 16:20 AEST

Developments in Fij on Monday afternoon suggest the opposition Fiji Labour Party won't be accepting any position's in the country's executive.

New multi-party cabinet to be sworn in on Tuesday

22 May 2006, 15:34 AEST

Fiji journalists are now camped outside the office of Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry to see whether he will accept the cabinet positions offered to him by Mr Qarase.

Australia fears Sogavare wants to 'cherry-pick' RAMSI comp

22 May 2006, 14:45 AEST

Australia has warned the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare that he won't be allowed to pick and choose the parts of the regional assistance mission that he wants to keep.

Australia and New Zealand work together on security

22 May 2006, 14:45 AEST

Australian and New Zealand defence chiefs believe both countries are now better resourced and better equipped to respond to security and peacekeeping operations in the Pacific than they've ever been.

Government to return Waitako River to Maori tribes

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

Last week marked the 40th Anniversary of Dame Te Atairangikaahu's instalment as Queen of a Maori community - one of the largest events on the Maori calendar in New Zealand.

Betel nut shortage forces chewers to go cold turkey

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

Residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are doing it tough at the moment, with betel nut again in short supply.

Banks express confidence in current economic climate

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

One of the oldest banks operating in Papua New Guinea has expressed confidence in the current economic climate and praised the fiscal discipline of the PNG government.

Labour Party to submit list of names for cabinet consideration

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, says that on Monday he'll provide Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, with a list of prospective Labour Party ministers.

Australia, NZ urge government to continue with RAMSI

22 May 2006, 8:55 AEST

Australia and New Zealand have applied diplomatic pressure on the new government of Solomon Islands, saying the regional intervention has to be maintained.

Australia to highlight concerns over 'exit strategy' call

19 May 2006, 15:43 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister is making a quick dash to Honiara today, to talk to the new Solomon Islands government about the future of the regional security mission, RAMSI.

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