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.


Ailing hospital forced to cut working hours

31 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

Administrators at American Samoa's LBJ Hospital have again slashed the ailing institution's operating costs.

Australian senator visits asylum-seekers

31 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

A federal senator from the Australian Greens Party, Kerry Nettle, has spent the weekend on Australia's Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island, visiting a group of Papuan asylum-seekers on the island.

NGOs call for 'interim' seasonal labour scheme

31 January 2006, 8:36 AEST

The peak body of Australian non-government organisations is calling for the government to create an interim seasonal labour scheme, giving Pacific islanders access to Australian jobs.

Cyclone Jim expected to hit on Tuesday

30 January 2006, 16:11 AEST

Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Jim is today [Monday] 870 kilometres northwest of New Caledonia's capital Noumea, and is expected to hit the territory on Tuesday.

Cyclone 'pre elert' declared for Loyalty Islands

30 January 2006, 16:11 AEST

Preparations for the approaching Cyclone Jim in New Caledonia have been in place for some time.

Police confirm reports of cross-border raid

30 January 2006, 16:11 AEST

Bougainville police have confirmed reports that a number of people from the island crossed into Solomon Islands, raiding a logging company and stealing some equipment.

Australia to fund political reform committee

30 January 2006, 16:11 AEST

Australia and New Zealand have announced they will be giving a significant amount of financial support to a Tongan parliamentary committee on political reform.

Greens want government to accept Papuan asylum-seekers

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

New Zealand's Green Party wants the country to offer to take some of the 43 Papuan asylum-seekers currently having their applications processed by Australia.

Report calls for Australia to accept seasonal workers

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

Australia will have to open its doors to tens of thousands of unskilled migrants from the Pacific Islands, according to a report commissioned for the Australian government's white paper on its aid program.

Asylum-seekers to meet Australian lawyers

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

A group of Papuan asylum seekers being held on Christmas Island were expected to meet their lawyers for the first time over the weekend.

Micronesian challenge to protect the environment

30 January 2006, 12:02 AEST

The Island states of Micronesia have issued a joint proposal, called the "Micronesia Challenge", daring the International community to conserve water and land resources.

Former premier Hannett elected as new governor

27 January 2006, 15:07 AEST

The people of Bougainville are today celebrating the election of the island's new Governor, after the successful candidate was declared winner early this morning.

Opposition wants a better deal for garment exports

27 January 2006, 15:07 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader was in Australia on Friday in a bid to get a fairer deal for his country's textile and clothing industry.

Local idiom recognised by Fiji English dictionary

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

If you are in search of alcohol and you enter a "grog-shop" in Fiji, you may be disappointed.

Federal authorities given precedence in Abramoff inquiry

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

The Abramoff political affair in the United States is continuing to take on a very Pacific flavour, with more Pacific governments and organisations revealing the extent of their relationship with US lobbyists.

US Marines conduct 'urban' training exercises

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

The Marines are coming.

Coffee growers call for government transport assistance

27 January 2006, 9:53 AEST

Coffee farmers in remote areas of Papua New Guinea are calling on the government to contribute 1 million Kina, or around A$450,000, to subsidise their freight costs.

PM satisfied with country's progress

26 January 2006, 13:31 AEST

As the Solomon Islands prepares for a general election, likely to be scheduled for April, the country's caretaker Prime Minister says he is very happy with the on going progress of development in the country.

New governor could be declared on Friday

26 January 2006, 12:01 AEST

Electoral authorities in Bougainville say the final result of the by-election to elect a new provincial governor would be declared by Friday afternoon.

Expat appointment could scupper new aid deal

26 January 2006, 9:58 AEST

Australia's aid program to Papua New Guinea has hit yet another hurdle.

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