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.


Immigration policy under review

23 January 2007, 16:29 AEDT

Just months after easing restrictions on unskilled migrants from the Pacific, New Zealand's visa policy towards borderline skilled migrants is now under review.

Businesses determined to keep trading

23 January 2007, 16:29 AEDT

Tonga's business community appears determined to rebuild in the wake of last year's devastating riots which destroyed most of the centre of the capital, Nuku'alofa.

PM says MP arrests not a political decision

23 January 2007, 12:50 AEDT

Tonga's prime minister, Fred Sevele, has rejected accusations that the arrests of two pro-democracy MPs are designed to suppress political debate.

Controversy over planned wage changes

23 January 2007, 12:44 AEDT

American Samoa's leaders have held talks with key figures in the U.

Qarase to launch legal challenge against interim government

22 January 2007, 16:57 AEDT

A legal challenge to the authority of Fiji's military backed interim government could be heard as early as this week.

Temaru's no confidence motion rejected

22 January 2007, 16:16 AEDT

A motion of no confidence in French Polynesia's newly elected President, Gaston Tong Sang has failed due to a lack of quorum.

Aust business calls for downgraded travel warning

22 January 2007, 13:11 AEDT

Australian business groups with links to Fiji are calling for a reduction in the level of the Australian government's travel warning for the island nation.

Legislation proposed to allow more casinos

22 January 2007, 13:11 AEDT

A Senator from the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas wants to change legislation, which limits the number of Casino developers allowed on Tinian to five.

Business owner rebuilds after riots

22 January 2007, 13:11 AEDT

When riots broke out in the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa last November, a number of businesses in the city's commercial centre went up in flames.

Government accused of intimidating opponents

22 January 2007, 13:11 AEDT

Tonga's leading pro-democracy campaigner was arrested by police late last week over his alleged role in the riot which all but destroyed central Nuku'alofa in November.

Residents denied compensation

22 December 2006, 17:00 AEDT

American Samoans are being denied compensation after being told their tap water was contaminated and unsafe to drink.

Great Council of Chiefs meeting reaches concensus

22 December 2006, 15:58 AEDT

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs has managed to reach a consensus on a plan to return the country to democratic rule following the December 5th military coup.

Military leaks footage of 2000 coup

22 December 2006, 15:58 AEDT

Just weeks after Fiji's dramatic military coup, a fierce battle for the hearts and minds of the country's population has broken out.

Political deadlock to last through Christmas

22 December 2006, 15:58 AEDT

French Polynesians won't know which of its two main parties is the government until after Christmas.

Fiji loses Forum Chair position

22 December 2006, 15:58 AEDT

Fiji has had to give up its position as the chair of the Pacific Islands Forum as a result of the military's takeover of the nation.

Inquiry wanting to speak with Chief of National Security

22 December 2006, 15:58 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Defence Force Inquiry into Australian lawyer Julian Moti's escape to Solomon Islands has been unable so far to locate PNG Chief of National Security, Joseph Assaigo to give evidence.

Votes for new president

22 December 2006, 10:52 AEDT

French Polynesia's recently ousted Temaru Government could be reinstated by the end of the day with parliament convening shortly for a new presidential election.

MSG senior officials to discuss Fiji crisis

22 December 2006, 10:52 AEDT

The Melanesian Spearhead Group says it will do whatever it can to help restore democracy and normalcy in Fiji.

Mixed response to survey on RAMSI

22 December 2006, 10:52 AEDT

A survey commissioned by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands shows that most people believe law and order has improved in the country last year.

Chinese workers reimbursed after manufacturer closes down

22 December 2006, 10:52 AEDT

Hundreds of Chinese garment workers in the Northern Marianas have won back their recruitment fees after their employment deals fell through.

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