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.


Temaru struggles with tenous parliamentary majority

18 April 2006, 14:58 AEST

In French Polynesia, the election of a rank outsider as Speaker of the Assembly has further threatened President Oscar Temaru's tenuous grip on government.

Controversial politician takes over as PM

18 April 2006, 14:58 AEST

Controversial politician Snyder Rini has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.

Veteran Labour politician to join government party for poll

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

Fiji academic Dr Tupeni Baba has overcome the first hurdle in his bid to contest the May general elections under the ruling SDL Party banner.

Women candidates prepare for next month's election

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

A handful of women have been nominated to contest next month's general elections in Fiji.

Anglican missionary serves in Australia's outback

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

In a reversal of the usual pattern, an Anglican priest from Papua New Guinea is serving as a missionary in Australia.

Kauai Indigenous communities receive land leases

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

In Hawaii, around 160 indigenous people have become the proud recipients of land given to them by the Hawaii State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, during a meeting on the island of Kauai.

Alarm over high rate of teenage pregnancies

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

Authorities in the Marshall Islands have again voiced serious concerns about the high rate of teenage pregnancies in the country.

Oxfam calls for a pilot seasonal labour program

18 April 2006, 12:14 AEST

The Australian chapter of the international NGO Oxfam has told the country's Senate inquiry it supports moves to create short-term labour opportunities for Pacific islanders in Australia.

'Credible threats' force shut-down of Kainantu mine

13 April 2006, 13:29 AEST

A gold mine in Papua New Guinea has been closed down in the face of what the company says were credible threats to the safety of its workers and property.

Deadline for candidates to register approaches

13 April 2006, 13:23 AEST

Time is running out for candidates in Fiji to nominate to run in the May 13 general election.

Observers call for great transparency in poll process

13 April 2006, 13:23 AEST

The Commonwealth team observing the Solomon Islands Election says that while the overall process was credible there are lots of things that need to be fixed or improved.

Forum says regional labour mobility would have big benefits

13 April 2006, 13:23 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has told an Australian Senate committee that short-term seasonal labour access to Australia by Pacific Islanders would have huge economic benefits for the region.

Nominations for PM open as 50 MPs prepare to vote

13 April 2006, 13:23 AEST

Nominations for Prime Minister have opened in Solomon Islands, as intense lobbying continues among the 50 members of parliament who were successful in last Wednesday's national elections.

Pacific Islands Forum critical of think-tank report on aid

12 April 2006, 15:00 AEST

A senior Pacific Islands Forum official has criticised the report of an Australian think-tank, which raised questions over the way in which foreign aid is being used in Vanuatu.

UPNG Chancellor welcomes high-profile academic resignation

12 April 2006, 14:51 AEST

The Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea, Andrew Yauieb, has welcomed the resignation of the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Leslie Eastcott.

Vice-chancellor resigns, ending long-running university dispute

12 April 2006, 14:51 AEST

Professor Leslie Eastcott, the man at the centre of a long-running dispute at the University of Papua New Guinea, has resigned.

Australian business backs regional seasonal labour

12 April 2006, 14:51 AEST

Access to the Australian labour market for Pacific islanders is the single, most important issue between Australia and the Forum Island countries, according to Australian businesses working in the region.

Business community concerned over ministerial resuffle

12 April 2006, 14:51 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the office of the Treasurer has denied reports suggesting its minister was planning to resign in protest over the recent cabinet reshuffle, in which he was stripped of his finance portfolio.

New Prime Minister to be chosen next week

11 April 2006, 14:41 AEST

A date has been set for the election of a new prime minister in Solomon Islands - next Tuesday, April 18.

Minister demands his resignation be accepted

11 April 2006, 14:41 AEST

In French Polynesia, politician Hiro Tefaarere has resorted to the courts to force President Oscar Temaru to accept his resignation as minister for small and medium businesses.

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