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.


Marines on the way, as part of US-Japan defence realignment

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

Ending more than three years of gruelling negotiations, US and Japanese officials signed a set of agreements in Washington this month, to re-align US military forces in Japan by 2014.

Country's 'least developed' status angers officials

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

Papua New Guinea has condemned the decision by the United Nations to downgrade its international status to that of 'least developed country'.

Observers reject Labour claims of polling fraud

15 May 2006, 10:22 AEST

As counting in Fiji's elections begins on Monday, two groups of international observers of the Fiji elections have discounted allegations by the Opposition Fiji Labour Party, suggesting widespread fraud in the voting process.

Prime Minister Sogavare calls for DPP's resignation

12 May 2006, 15:24 AEST

In Solomon Islands comments by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday sent shock waves throughout the capital.

Former Prime Minister Rabuka charged over 2000 mutiny

12 May 2006, 14:21 AEST

Headline news in Fiji today is that former PM and military commander Sitiveni Rabuka has been charged with incitement to mutiny.

Opposition attacks elections chief over voting problems

12 May 2006, 13:30 AEST

Fiji's supervisor of elections is coming under increasing attack from the Opposition Coalition - in particular the Fiji Labour Party - for alleged bias in the conduct of the Fiji election which is now in its sixth day.

Mother says Indonesian intelligence forced her to make statement

12 May 2006, 13:30 AEST

The mother of young Papuan girl alleged Indonesian intelligence officers threatened her with death, if she didn't make a televised appeal for the return of her daughter, who has been granted asylum in Australia with her father.

Mother says military forced her into public statements

12 May 2006, 8:48 AEST

A Papuan woman who says she was told to make a public statement by Indonesian Intelligence Officers or face death has made some more, astonishing claims.

Tension on the rise as police clashes with rebels

11 May 2006, 15:44 AEST

Bougainville's police minister is seeking urgent talks with his Papua New Guinea counterpart, following a recent flare-up in the island's south between police and rebels loyal to Noah Musingku.

Australia's top cop says cash changed hands in recent poll

11 May 2006, 14:58 AEST

Australia's police chief, Mick Keelty says intelligence shows that a lot of money was changing hands during the election process in Solomon Islands.

Polling continues smoothly in outer islands

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

Fiji has entered Day 5 of the general elections, and things appear to be settling down after a chaotic start on the first day due to the late delivery of ballot papers.

New university programs for Francophone students

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

With around 40 percent of ni-Vanuatu students enrolled in French-language schools, there's a growing need in the country for Francophone tertiary institutions, in which to accommodate the high school graduates.

PNG experience could help Solomons strengthen party system

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

The political instability in Solomon Islands that has provided it with three Prime Ministers in less than a month has been somewhat of a common feature in most of the countries of Melanesia since they moved to Independence 25 to 30 years ago.

Students say they are desperate to escape military

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

Earlier this week, three Papuans landed on an Australian island in the Torres Strait, after fleeing their homeland.

Warning region will be left behind without good governance

11 May 2006, 8:37 AEST

Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, has warned that the Pacific region is being left behind and young Pacific Islanders are in danger of becoming a lost generation.

Australia critical of jailed MPs' cabinet posting

10 May 2006, 15:42 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister has renewed his criticism of the decision by Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to appoint two jailed MPs to his cabinet.

MSG meets to offer support following riots

10 May 2006, 14:22 AEST

Solomon Islands is hosting a special meeting by ministers and officials from the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Melanesia's peak representative body.

Concern over Pacific tsunami warning procedures

10 May 2006, 12:04 AEST

When a large earthquake rocked Tonga's main atoll last week, it sparked Pacific-wide tsunami warnings and prompted the early-morning evacuation of some coastal towns in New Zealand.

Australian budget includes PNG corruption-fighting programs

10 May 2006, 11:33 AEST

Australia's annual budget, announced on Tuesday night, has included 332 million Australian dollars in aid for Papua New Guinea, with a strong emphasis on programs to fight corruption.

Concerns over Premier's Malaysian logging deal

10 May 2006, 11:33 AEST

On the island of Niue, the opposition is concerned that the island-state's Premier, Young Vivian, is refusing to consult the assembly and the people over details of a logging contract he has signed with a Malaysian company.

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