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.


Military commander insists march was a 'routine exercise'

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEDT

Fiji is in anxiety mode this week after its military commander led his troops - all armed to the teeth - through the streets of the capital's suburbs yesterday.

Experts see huge benefits from short-term labour in Australia

28 March 2006, 11:24 AEDT

A short-term labour scheme in Australia and New Zealand could become one of the Pacific Islands' biggest earning industries, according to experts at the Centre for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University, in Indiana.

Thousands of die-hard sports fans welcome team home

27 March 2006, 16:21 AEDT

Thousands of sports-mad Papua New Guineans have flocked to Jackson's international airport in the capital, Port Moresby, to welcome home their heroes from the Commonwealth Games.

Paris unconcerned about independence talk

27 March 2006, 16:21 AEDT

Just one year into his term as president of French Polynesia, Oscar Temaru is already being accused by analysts of sounding like a broken record.

Territory fears for sporting identity

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEDT

As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close this weekend, there is concern among members of one of the smallest teams competing that these games could be their last.

Commonwealth Sec-Gen defends organisation's relevance

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEDT

Some of the smaller Pacific Island states will be taking home few medals from this year's games.

Regional support for Papuan protection visas

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEDT

Supporters of self-determination for the Indonesian province of Papua in Australia and the Pacific have welcomed the Australian government's decision to grant temporary protection visas to 42 Papuan asylum seekers.

Solomon Is, PNG authorities urge students to be patient

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEDT

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands authorities have appealed to Solomon Islands students in PNG to be patient, after concerns were raised about their tuition fees.

Broadcaster defends sacking of talkback host

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

Fiji's state-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is strongly denying claims by the opposition Labour Party that it sacked a popular talkback radio host due to government pressure.

Boxers fight for greater exposure

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

With just two more days of competition in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Pacific boxers have been taking some hard knocks, and their main fight has turned out to be getting more exposure.

Confronting racial discrimination

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

Fiji has marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

MP faces possible AIDS charges

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

As Papua New Guinea continues to battle an AIDS epidemic, a member of parliament could become the first person to face criminal charges under the country's HIV/AIDS laws.

Followers of cargo cult hail US funds

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

In Vanuatu, the current session of Parliament has been dominated by moves and counter moves relating to Votes of No Confidence and the question whether the Parliament can discipline MPs for trying to topple the government.

Weightlifting a family affair

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEDT

At the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne the weightlifting competition has proved to be a family affair.

Police Commissioner rejects accusations over child sex

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner has defended the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, against accusations that they have not done enough to try to stamp out the exploitation of young girls for sex in the Solomons, particularly in the capital, Honiara.

Senate told to look to Asia as well as Pacific for farm labour

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEDT

An Australian Senate Inquiry has been told that a scheme to address labour shortages should look to Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands.

Four killed in Papua mine protest

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

The Uniting Church in Australia has called for dialogue and calm in the Indonesian province of Papua, in the wake of a violent demonstration which left four Indonesian security personnel dead.

Swains Island MP welcomes Tokelauan co-operation

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

Moves to increase co-operation in shipping and trade between Tokelau and Swains Island, which is part of American Samoa, have been welcomed by the island's MP.

Police Commissioner reacts to claims of child sex increase

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Shane Castles, has rejected claims that there has been a 'huge' increase in the child sex trade in Solomon Islands since the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI, in mid-2003.

Nation goes wild over Pini's gold medal

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

Meanwhile Ryan Pini's win has sent everyone in Papua New Guinea into a spin including the country's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare who was the first to send a congratulatory message to the 100m butterfly champion.

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