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.


Rally to highlight support for Papua self determination

26 October 2005, 15:03 AEST

A rally will be held in the P-N-G capital Port Moresby tomorrow to highlight the push for independence in the Indonesian province of Papua.

Chinese company signs Ramu joint venture

26 October 2005, 11:09 AEST

The Chinese Metallurgical Construction Company has signed a joint venture agreement, in Port Moresby, which will see it provide all the finance for the giant Ramu Nickel project, near Madang.

Pacific leaders urge Australia and NZ to accept seasonal workers

26 October 2005, 10:17 AEST

The drums and singing welcoming Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard to the Pacific summit in Port Moresby yesterday afternoon.

AIDS virus could wipe out entire Pacific Communities

26 October 2005, 10:17 AEST

A conference in New Zealand on the AIDS epidemic in the Pacific has heard the disease could wipe out entire communities in some of the smaller islands in the region.

Leading Marine Biologist urges world to stop eating fish

26 October 2005, 10:17 AEST

Speaking at an international conference in Melbourne, Sylvia Earle, who was named Time magazine's first "Hero for the Planet" in 1998, says we should be avoiding shark, tuna and swordfish in particular.

Issue of seasonal worker access to Australia raised at forum

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, arrived at the Pacific Forum in Port Moresby on Tuesday.

Anti-globalisation campaigner criticises Pacific Plan

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

A veteran Pacific campaigner against globalisation has told an international conference in Canberra has criticised the Pacific Plan for going against the interests of Pacific states.

Community urged to turn in prison escapees

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

Bougainville Police are appealing to the community to assist in the recapture of 18 prisoners who broke out of jail last weekend.

Scepticism over possible civil servants strike

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

Tongan civil servants who are considering launching another national strike may find it much more difficult to get what they want a second time around.

Kiribati President says Australia must allow access to economy

25 October 2005, 10:19 AEST

The Pacific Forum starts officially today in Port Moresby with island leaders pushing Australia on the issue of access to the Australian economy for their workers.

Hopes for growing trade with China

25 October 2005, 10:19 AEST

Bougainville is hoping a recent visit to Beijing in China by a Government delegation will pave the way for trade with China.

Pacific leaders discuss problem of rising fuel costs

24 October 2005, 15:19 AEST

Motorists angered by rising petrol prices should spare a thought for the residents of the Cook Islands.

Pan-Pacific Regional AIDS conference begins in Auckland

24 October 2005, 15:19 AEST

The pan-Pacific regional HIV AIDS conference gets underway in New Zealand on Tuesday.

Civil servants may strike again

24 October 2005, 15:19 AEST

Tonga's civil servants are considering the possibility of staging a second national strike.

Forum leaders gather in PNG

24 October 2005, 10:00 AEST

The annual summit of the South Pacific convenes next week with Island leaders pressing to get special access to Australia for their unskilled workers.

NGOs want alternative to free trade

24 October 2005, 10:00 AEST

Finding alternatives to the 'free trade' agenda in the Pacific is the task set by a group of over 30 Australian and New Zealand non-government organisations who met in Sydney late last week.

Funding for Beef exports to Europe

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

The Port Vila-based company, Vanuatu Abbatoirs, has won funding to help its beef win approval for export to Europe.

Delegation Tahiti-bound for Bounty remembrance

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

The spirit of the infamous English mutineer Fletcher Christian will be with a delegation from the Australian Pacific territory of Norfolk Island this weekend, as it boards a plane for French Polynesia.

Public anger against bills increases

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, public anger against two controversial bills which are to be debated in parliament next week is gathering momentum.

Democracy protestor rejects reform committee idea

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

Moves to set up a committee to hear submissions on democratic change in Tonga have been rejected out of hand by the man who has staged protests outside Parliament all this week.

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