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.


Governor welcomes WWII compensation bill

14 May 2007, 11:55 AEST

Guam's governor has welcomed moves to have the US government compensate Guamaians for atrocities committed by the Japanese during World War Two.

national census to be held in June

14 May 2007, 11:53 AEST

Fiji's interim government is putting the finishing touches to arrangements for the National census which is scheduled for 24th June.

Debate continues over constitution

14 May 2007, 11:51 AEST

Nauru is halfway through a six week constitutional convention.

calls to abolish appeals to the Privy Council

14 May 2007, 11:44 AEST

There are renewed calls for New Zealand to re-consider its decision to abolish appeals to Britain's Privy Council.

hockey qualifiers moved because of security concerns

14 May 2007, 11:42 AEST

Fiji has lost the womens Olympic hockey qualifiers because of security concerns.

PM accused of betrayal over casino decision

11 May 2007, 17:56 AEST

An anti-corruption group in Papua New Guinea has accused P-N-G Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare of betraying the country with a new gaming law, which legalises casinos.

Concern over huge election costs

11 May 2007, 16:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Community Development minister Dame Carol Kidu says huge election costs could lead to people electing corrupt leaders in next month's poll.

Pacific nations meet on seasonal employment

11 May 2007, 10:50 AEST

This week in Fiji a conference of Pacific Islands Nations is looking at ways of finding seasonal employment for their populations.

Anti-nuke activists launch on-line petition

11 May 2007, 10:48 AEST

Marshall Island activists living in Hawaii have launched an on-line petition aimed at getting the US government to increase the compensation offered to those affected by nuclear tests.

Two men aquitted of Australian's murder

10 May 2007, 17:19 AEST

Two men charged with the murder of Australian peacekeeper Adam Dunnning in Solomon Islands in 2004 have been aqcuitted.

budget re-engineers aid to Pacific

10 May 2007, 17:06 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says he wants to fundamentally re-engineer aid to the South Pacific, despite problems with what he calls the "Pacific political class.

PACIFIC:International financial scams preying on Islanders

10 May 2007, 15:54 AEST

There are warnings today that international financial fraudsters are again preying on Pacific Islanders.

NGO's welcome Pacific aid budget

10 May 2007, 15:51 AEST

Non government organisation working in the Pacific have given a cautious welcome to the Australian federal budget and its commitment to the region.

Reconciliation Over Vice-President dispute

10 May 2007, 15:50 AEST

Bougainville President Joseph Kabui will not dismiss his deputy for drinking alcohol at a recent funeral.

Soldiers funeral today in Pago Pago

10 May 2007, 15:48 AEST

Flags are flying at half mast in the American Samoan capital today mourning the death of the 12th Samoan serving in the US armed forces in Iraq.

Possible US PT boat wreck uncovered.

10 May 2007, 15:46 AEST

Attempts are being made to determine the origins of a newly discovered shipwreck in Solomon Islands' Western province.

Pressure to continue on Fiji for elections

10 May 2007, 10:11 AEST

The Bush administration is vowing to keep up pressure on Fiji's military leaders to hold democratic elections in the wake of last year's coup.

PM says Ramsi Envoy is a buffer.

10 May 2007, 10:10 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the newly appointed envoy to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands will act as a buffer between RAMSI and his government.

pro-independents say election result a victory

10 May 2007, 10:07 AEST

Segolene Royal may not have won the French Presidential election, but the pro-independence party in French Polynesia is calling it a victory.

govt appoints envoy to RAMSI

9 May 2007, 17:37 AEST

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manessah Sogavare has appointed an envoy to the regional assistance mission RAMSI.

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