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.


Indonesia calls for relaxation of sea border policing

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

Indonesia has called on Papua New Guinea to relax the policing of it's Exclusive Economic Zone at the sea border between PNG and Indonesia.

Stalemate in diplomatic standoff

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

First to Solomon Islands, where the diplomatic standoff with Australia continues.

Elder statesman urges round table summit

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

The man who led Solomon Islands to independence has called for a summit between the Australian and Solomon Island prime ministers.

Royal family mourns kings death

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

In Tonga, mourners are holding constant vigil over the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou the IV who is lying in state at the royal palace in Nu'kualofa.

Australian politicians view of tensions

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST


Opposition could topple PM

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

Meanwhile, The Solomon Islands opposition claims they have the numbers to topple Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare.

Body of late King arrives in Tonga

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

The body of the Late King of Tonga has been met by thousands of mourners after arriving home from New Zealand.

Labour shortage filled from India

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

Niue hopes to bridge its labour shortfall by bringing in workers from India.

Australia to review bilateral relations

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST

There's been another development in the diplomatic row between Australia and the Solomon Islands.

Australia to suspend all visas of Solomon Islands MPs

13 September 2006, 17:36 AEST

The Australian government has decided to suspend all visas of Solomon Islands MPs as of midnight tonight.

US ambassador says no country is safe from terriorists

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

In a week which commemorates the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade centre, Fiji is playing host to the regions top military brass to discuss regional security.

Diplomatic tension with Australia continues

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

Just a day after the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare demanded the recall of Australia's High Commissioner to Honiara, Patrick Cole, the deputy secretary of Australia's Foreign Affairs Department, David Ritchie has arrived in Honiara.

British MP upsets the government

13 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

A British MP has upset the Papua New Guinea Government for implying the people of PNG indulge in cannibalism and chief killing.

20 prisoners still at large

13 September 2006, 11:00 AEST

Papua New Guinea police are still desperately searching for 20 prisoners who escaped from the Lae police lock-up in PNG's Morobe province last week.

Demands for recall of Australian High Commissioner

12 September 2006, 17:28 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has declared the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands Patrick Cole, an unwanted person in the country and wants his immediate recall to Australia.

Australia to send special envoy

12 September 2006, 17:28 AEST

Australia is sending a special envoy to Solomon Islands to express the governments' concerns about plans to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the April 2006 riots in Honiara.

New King pressured to abandon private businesses

12 September 2006, 16:55 AEST

As the body of Tonga's late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV lies in state in Auckland, attention is already focusing on the new monarch.

Report upsets the province's activists

12 September 2006, 16:51 AEST

A recent report by the International Crisis Group or ICG has upset Papuan activists.

PNG and Solomon Islands uniting to police border

12 September 2006, 16:51 AEST

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are pushing ahead with moves to have better control on their common border between Bougainville and the Shortlands and Choiseul in Solomon Islands.

Conflict over impact of new fisheries bill on tourism

12 September 2006, 12:00 AEST

Fiji's hotel industry is warning they might be unable to offer water activities to guests if the Fisheries Bill is passed unchanged.

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