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.


Scientist wins prize for work with TB in PNG

18 June 2007, 11:21 AEST

An Australian scientist studying drug-resistant Tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea has won the prestigious 2007 Premiers Award in Victoria, Australia.

Interim leadership becoming unpredictable

15 June 2007, 16:30 AEST

A keen observer of the situation in Fiji believes the expulsion of New Zealand's High Commissioner to Fiji is an indication that the interim government is not serious about a return to democracy.

Bainimarama speaks about diplomat's expulsion

15 June 2007, 15:52 AEST

Questions are being asked in Fiji about the reasons why New Zealand's High Commissioner Michael Green is being asked to leave.

major tourism campaign postponed

15 June 2007, 15:49 AEST

The expulsion of Michael Green has caused Fiji's tourism industry to postpone a television campaign designed to attract visitors from New Zealand.

Parliament to review RAMSI Act

15 June 2007, 15:47 AEST

The Solomon Islands government will go ahead with its planned review of the legislation that set up the Regional Assistance mission, RAMSI.

PACIFIC:Forum says skills training should be a priority

15 June 2007, 15:47 AEST

Skills development for young people needs to be a top regional priority according to the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat.

Foreign Minister offers NZ diplomatic support against Fiji

15 June 2007, 11:03 AEST

Australia says Fiji's expulsion of New Zealand's top diplomat in Suva is incomprehensible and counterproductive.

Qarase says expulsion of NZ diplomat is childish

15 June 2007, 11:01 AEST

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says it's not too late for the interim government to reverse its decision to expel New Zealand diplomat Michael Green.

Torres Strait concern about health impact of border crosser

15 June 2007, 11:00 AEST

Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is accusing the government of letting thousands of Papua New Guineans with infectious diseases into the country.

request to delay changes to Facilitation Act

15 June 2007, 10:58 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has been asked to delay amendments to the legislation that established the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI.

Interim Government declares NZ diplomat personna non grata

14 June 2007, 16:50 AEST

The office of the prime minister for Fiji's interim Government has declared "deep regret and reluctance" at its decision to declare New Zealands's High Commissioner to Fiji Michael Green Persona Non-Grata.

Lawyer endorses engagement, not isolation

14 June 2007, 16:49 AEST

A recent conference on relations between Fiji and New Zealand called for more dialogue and less confrontation.

Foreign Minister deplores explusion of Fiji High Comm

14 June 2007, 16:47 AEST

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters says he's sought an explanation from Fiji's interim foreign minister but hasn't received a reason for the expulsion.

PM responds angrily to explusion of High Commissioner

14 June 2007, 16:47 AEST

The response to the expulsion of Michael Green by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has been quick and strong.

Francis Herman steps down as head of Fiji Broadcasting

14 June 2007, 11:38 AEST

The Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has resigned.

Prisoners Accuse Wardens of Mistreatment

14 June 2007, 11:37 AEST

There have been renewed allegations of poor prison conditions and regular beatings of inmates in the troubled Indonesian province of Papua.

New ministers appointed from Opposition Party

13 June 2007, 17:04 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Ham Lini has wasted no time in getting rid of a rebel political party which supported a motion to oust him.

deposed PM reconsidering travel plans

13 June 2007, 16:31 AEST

The deposed Prime Minister of Fiji Laisenia Qarase says he is reconsidering his plans to travel to Suva next week, the first time he would have left his home island since last year's coup.

Election campaign off to a violent start

13 June 2007, 15:50 AEST

Papua New Guinea's election campaign has got off to a violent start in the Highlands.

PNG:Indonesia's Human Rights Commission complains about Ok Tedi Pollut

13 June 2007, 15:50 AEST

Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights, Komnas HAM, says it is receiving complaints from people along the Fly River border with Papua New Guinea about pollution from PNG's Ok Tedi gold and copper mine.

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