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.


Labour agrees to drop disciplinary action against dissidents

17 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

Lawyers for the Fiji Labour Party have told the High Court that the party has withdrawn disciplinary charges against five dissenting members.

Summit held to address rising drug problem

17 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

Guam is hosting more than 400 Pacific and international law enforcement officials this week to discuss the island's problem with illegal drugs.

New PM vows to lift restrictions on media freedom

17 August 2006, 9:28 AEST

Tuvalu's new prime minister has vowed to lift what he says have been restrictions on press freedom in the country.

Authorities bust female drug ring

17 August 2006, 9:28 AEST

Tahitians were suprised this week by the revelation that authorities had discovered an all-female drug trafficking ring.

European Union disappointed over naming of new bridge

17 August 2006, 9:28 AEST

The European Union says it's disappointed the Fiji government has refused to name a new bridge linking the capital Suva with Nausori the Rewa-Europa bridge.

PM's statement raises concern over King's health

16 August 2006, 15:36 AEST

As we go to air today, concern is mounting over the health of Tonga's king, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, who is in an Auckland hospital.

Severe food shortages unlikely, despite rapid population growth

16 August 2006, 14:24 AEST

The issue of food security is on the agenda in Papua New Guinea, amid concern over the country's population growth is moving faster than its increase in food production.

Calls for fewer restrictions on foreign airlines

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has signed an open-skies petition, calling on the United States to ease its restrictions on foreign airlines.

Atlantic terrorism fear prompts airport security upgrade

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

The recent terrorism scares on the Atlantic air route between Britain and the United States have prompted the American Pacific territory of Guam to boost airport security, in line with other international airports.

Mourning begins to mark death of Maori Queen

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

A week of mourning has begun in New Zealand, following the death of Dame Te Atairangikaahu, known as the Maori Queen.

Summit to examine foreign land ownership

16 August 2006, 13:33 AEST

Concern about foreign control of land has prompted Vanuatu to hold a national lands summit later this month.

Proposed Bills causes a stir in opposition ranks

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

Two controversial pieces of legislation in Fiji have caused an even deeper rift between the Leader of the Labour Party and the Prime Minister.

NGO denies hiv/aids patients deprived of vital drug treatment

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

Last night the ABC's Four Corners program broadcast a comprehensive look at the problem of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.

Military investigated over shooting of Indonesians

15 August 2006, 15:45 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the defence force is under investigation for its role in the fatal shooting of an Indonesian fisherman.

Ambassadors to be appointed for Middle East and other nations

15 August 2006, 10:27 AEST

The Fiji government is in the process of appointing several ambassadors including one for the Middle East.

Opposition wants amendments to Commission of Inquiry

15 August 2006, 10:27 AEST

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader Fred Fono says he will push for amendments to the Commission of Inquiry into the Chinatown riots.

Government's migration bill withdrawn

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

In Canberra this afternoon the Government has been making key decisions about the fate of its migration bill.

Opposition says offshore detention is immoral

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

And the Australian government's withdrawal of a proposed tough new immigration law probably means detention centres in the Pacific may be left empty, according to the opposition.

World Bank supports guest worker scheme

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

The World Bank has added its weight to calls for Australia to allow in unskilled workers from the Pacific Islands to pick fruit and do other seasonal work.

Migration bill will not affect Nauru's detention centre

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

If the migration amendment bill had passed through the senate, it probably would have had its greatest impact on Nauru's offshore processing centre.

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