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.

Stories

Plot to assassinate Bougainville president revealed

28 June 2006, 15:30 AEST

Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville government has uncovered a plot to kill the president Joseph Kabui.

Labour split downplayed

28 June 2006, 15:30 AEST

A rift within the Fiji Labour Party is starting to affect the conduct of national politics.

France soothes troubled waters

28 June 2006, 11:42 AEST

France has taken a step towards mending its troubled relations with the South Pacific.

Guns pose threat to 2007 national elections

28 June 2006, 11:42 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the problem of illegal guns is threatening social and political stability.

Some changes may not be caused by sea-level rise

28 June 2006, 11:42 AEST

As rising sea levels continue to threaten the low-lying islands of Tuvalu, a new report says global warming may not be to blame.

Australia offers 40m in new 'Pacific Solution'

27 June 2006, 15:00 AEST

Australia has announced that it will give aud40 million to Nauru, in return for the Pacific Island nation agreeing to accept asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat.

Former commander says armoury destruction threatens national security

27 June 2006, 15:00 AEST

In Papua New Guinea plans by the defence force to destroy thousands of weapons in its armory have been put on hold.

Dual citizenship to be introduced

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

Tongans living overseas may soon not have to lose their Tongan passports if they take out citizenship in another country.

New foreign investment law comes into effect

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

Solomon Islands has joined the race to attract foreign investment to boost its ailing economy.

Territories gain Forum status

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

The French Pacific territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia are to become associate members of the Pacific Islands Fourm, and the tiny French territory of Wallis and Futuna will be granted observer status.

Defence Force controversy over weapons destruction plan

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Defence Force, the PNGDF, is set to destroy thousands of weapons in its armory.

Former MP says whaling is cultural

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

A former Solomon Islands MP has congratulated Japan on its recent victory at the International Whaling Commission meeting.

Australia providing 'minor suppor role' in weapons destruction

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

The head of the Australia defence staff in Port Moresby, Colonel Dougal McMillan, says Australia has responded to a request from PNG for help in cutting its armory, and is only playing a 'minor support role'.

Kava saga threatens consulate and Air Vanuatu in Noumea

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

The Vanuatu kava monopoly saga is continuing.

Fallout from whaling meeting hits Pacific

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Tuvalu says anti-whaling nations such as Australia and New Zealand should continue their policy of not demanding political support at international forums in exchange for foreign aid.

PM Qarase to discuss multi-party cabinet with opposition

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Moves are underway in Fiji to lay out groundrules on how the country's unusual multi-party cabinet should work.

Multi-party policies unconstitutional

23 June 2006, 15:17 AEST

Fiji's controversial race-based affirmative action policies are being called into question again after the human rights commission this week declared them unconstitutional.

Treasurer says his sacking is payback for challenging PM Somare

23 June 2006, 15:17 AEST

Bart Philemon says his sacking is payback for challenging the prime minister for the party leadership.

Treasurer dumped as deputy party leader

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

The man widely regarded as Papua New Guinea's most successful economic manager, Treasurer Bart Philemon, has been sacked as deputy leader of the National Alliance party.

Government praised for refusing to bow to ASIO

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

As Australia contemplates the future of two refugees stuck on Nauru for almost five years, their legal representative has praised the island's government for refusing to bow to an Australian refugee assessment team.

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