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.


Anti-corruption partners take on voting irregularities

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Government and its anti-corruption partners have embarked on an ambitious campaign ahead of next year's general election.

Gold mine announces significant results

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

Australian Solomons Gold, the owners of the Gold Ridge Mine in Solomon Islands, have announced significant results for their drilling campaign and plans to list on a major resource-based stock exchange.

Officials ready for referendum on self-determination

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

This week, officials in Tokelau have been finalising registrations for next week's referendum on self-determination.

Politicians travel to Pago Pago to raise funds

3 February 2006, 11:49 AEST

Samoa is scheduled to go to the polls at the end of March and already campaigning is fast and furious.

Minister to discuss bilateral relations in Honiara

2 February 2006, 15:47 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Affairs Minister will visit Honiara on Friday to discuss existing bilateral relations with Solomon Islands.

US Carrier decision to be purely military

2 February 2006, 15:31 AEST

Politicians from Guam and Hawaii who are lobbying hard to have a US Navy carrier based in their jurisdictions could be wasting their time.

Urgent action needed to minimise climate impact

2 February 2006, 15:31 AEST

Urgent action is needed to reduce the impact severe climate events in the Pacific, according to a report released on Thursday by the World Bank.

Witness in leadership challenge inquiry won't testify

2 February 2006, 8:41 AEST

In Fiji, investigations into a recent challenge to the leadership of military Commander Frank Bainimarama have suffered a set-back.

Creditors say they are ready to sell Air Nauru plane

2 February 2006, 8:41 AEST

Hopes are fading this week that Air Nauru will be able to buy back its only aircraft, with the airline's creditors saying they are now ready to sell the plane to the highest bidder.

Call for Pacific leader to visit troubled province

2 February 2006, 8:41 AEST

A leading Human rights group in Papua has called on Pacific island leaders to visit the Indonesian province to witness, first-hand, the problems facing the local population.

Seafarers loyalty acknowledged with pay increase

2 February 2006, 8:41 AEST

Tuvaluan seafarers are to receive a slightly larger pay packet thanks to a generous decision by one of the shipping companies operating in Tuvalu.

Little bite left in Norfolk-bound Cyclone Jim

1 February 2006, 15:50 AEST

Regional forecasters say that if Cyclone Jim keeps tracking in its present south-south easterly direction, it will continue to weaken and cause no further problems.

Australian opposition advocates micro-loan aid scheme

1 February 2006, 15:50 AEST

Australian's opposition Labor Party has called on the country's government to establish a Pacific Development Trust, to help villagers start up their own businesses.

Pearl industry beats algae to make a comeback

1 February 2006, 8:40 AEST

The pearl industry in the Pacific's two main pearl producing countries, French Polynesia and Cook Islands, is making a comeback.

Fiji's cautionary tale on overfishing

1 February 2006, 8:40 AEST

Vanuatu's fishing industry has been warned it could face depleted fish stocks, if it doesn't learn from Fiji's mistakes with overfishing.

More charges laid over 2004 shooting

1 February 2006, 8:40 AEST

Solomon Islands police have charged a man with two counts of attempted murder, in relation to a shooting involving Australian police in October, 2004.

Convicted parliamentary speaker may lose noble title

1 February 2006, 8:40 AEST

The Speaker of Tonga's parliament may lose his noble title, as well as his job, following his conviction on a bribery charge.

Army chief steps down as rugby union president

31 January 2006, 15:54 AEST

In Fiji, the head of the country's Armed Forces, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, has resigned from his largely ceremonial role as president of the Fiji Rugby Union.

Cyclone Jim causes concern in Solomon Islands

31 January 2006, 15:32 AEST

Cyclone Jim is continuing to track across New Caledonia an is beginning to affect Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Asylum-seekers speaks out on human rights

31 January 2006, 15:32 AEST

The 43 West Papuan asylum seekers who arrived in Northern Australia two weeks ago are now settling in to life on remote Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

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