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.


Tight contest in gubernatorial election

8 November 2006, 17:20 AEDT

In the US Pacific territory of Guam, the unofficial result in the gubernatorial election has Republican Governor Felix Camacho just ahead in a very tight race.

Elections running smoothly

8 November 2006, 17:20 AEDT

Mid-term elections are underway in the United States, and polls seem to suggest the Democratic Party could do well at the expense of President George W Bush's Republicans.

Military commander speaks

8 November 2006, 17:13 AEDT

Fiji's military commander spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time since arriving back from the Middle East.

Government bows to union pressure

8 November 2006, 17:08 AEDT

In New Caledonia, the government has bowed to union pressure and lifted import taxes on butter, sugar, fruits and other food products.

Future of Temaru Govt in doubt

8 November 2006, 17:08 AEDT

The future of Oscar Temaru's government in French Polynesia is again in doubt.

PNG fares poorly in corruption index

8 November 2006, 17:08 AEDT

Papua New Guinea has fared poorly in an international study of corruption.

PM seeks redemption over coup

8 November 2006, 11:31 AEDT

The former Solomon Islands Prime Minister who was ousted by a coup in 2000, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu is pursuing redemption in the High Court.

King's power company sold to NZ company

8 November 2006, 11:31 AEDT

Tonga's power company could be under New Zealand ownership by the end of November.

Calls to contain more weapons in Bougainville

7 November 2006, 16:23 AEDT

The Chief of police in Bougainville has called for another weapons disposal program amid concerns hundreds of dangerous weapons are still in the hands of the public.

Military commander snubs police

7 November 2006, 16:22 AEDT

In Fiji plans to hold a meeting between the Police and Military on Tuesday have been snubbed by the military commander.

Tourism not seriously affected by political tensions

7 November 2006, 16:22 AEDT

Fiji's tourist industry hasn't been seriously affected by the political instability in the nation yet, but there are concerns about what may happen if the standoff between the military and the government drags on.

Regional postal service planned

7 November 2006, 16:22 AEDT

Postal services in the Pacific are discussing the idea of a regional postal forum.

RAMSI plans to be more specific

7 November 2006, 16:22 AEDT

The regional intervention in Solomon Islands, RAMSI, is to respond to attacks from the Sogavare Government by being more precise and specific about its aims.

Voters in the mood for change

7 November 2006, 13:15 AEDT

Voters in American Samoa go to the polls this week to decide who will represent them in the US Congress and locally in the House of Representatives.

Government hands down budget

7 November 2006, 11:20 AEDT

The besieged government of Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase handed down its 2007 budget on Friday amidst the heightening of tensions between it and the island's military.

Experts plan reef ecosystems future

7 November 2006, 11:20 AEDT

They call them the tropical forests of the sea and they're excellent indicators of the planet's health.

Authorities concerned about pornography

7 November 2006, 11:20 AEDT

Solomon Islands authorities have expressed concern over an increase in the production and circulation of pornographic materials through computers.

Top cop denies knowledge of mystery boxes

6 November 2006, 16:55 AEDT

Fiji's police commissioner has strongly denied knowing anything about a number of boxes brought into the country recently.

Foster questioned by police

6 November 2006, 16:55 AEDT

In Fiji, former Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka appeared in court today for a pre-trial hearing into charges that he tried to incite mutiny against the armed force's chief following the coup in 2000.

Political standoff may have economic impact

6 November 2006, 16:55 AEDT

Fiji's political woes may have serious repercussions for the country's economy.

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