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 government nervous

6 November 2006, 16:55 AEDT

Monday's sitting of French Polynesia's Assembly could make or break the government of President Oscar Temaru.

Commonwealth S-G visits Honiara and Pt Vila

6 November 2006, 11:57 AEDT

As part of his Pacific tour following the Forum meeting in Fiji, Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon visited the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu last week.

Claims PM used divide and rule tactic

6 November 2006, 11:57 AEDT

The former Solomon Islands Finance Minister, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu has accused Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of employing a divide and rule tactic to retain power.

Second regional fisheries meeting begins

6 November 2006, 11:57 AEDT

Fishing nations from within the Pacific and those bordering the region begin a week-long meeting on Monday in Hobart, on the Australian island state of Tasmania.

Australia PM criticised

6 November 2006, 11:57 AEDT

Australia has been attacked by some Pacific leaders over its attitude towards them at the recent Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Fiji.

Council of Chiefs confident it can resolve tensions

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

The Chairman of Fiji's highest traditional body, the Great Council of Chiefs, is confident they will be able to help resolve the standoff between the government and the military.

Public quiet despite potential coup concerns

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

To find out how the public were feeling in Fiji on Friday afternoon.

Reservists told forget about coup

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

Fiji's Acting Military Commander Esala Teleni has told thousands of reservists who have been conducting training exercises in the capital that anyone thinking about staging a coup should forget about it.

Tensions originate from 2000 crisis

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

For the fourth time in 20 years, Fiji is on coup watch.

Former Chief Justice to chair Solomons inquiry

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's former Chief Justice, Sir Arnold Amet has welcomed his appointment to head a Commission of Inquiry into the April Honiara riots in Solomon Islands.

PM threatens to reject Australian aid

3 November 2006, 17:18 AEDT

The relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea has further deteriorated with PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare threatening to forgo the 300 million dollar aid package PNG receives from Australia.

Ocean environmentalists urge NZ action

3 November 2006, 11:50 AEDT

An international environmental coalition is appealing directly to the New Zealand Prime Minister to stop its nation's bottom trawling boats fishing in international waters.

Australia told focus on aid instead of criticising

3 November 2006, 11:50 AEDT

There are calls for Australia to focus more on providing crucial services through its aid program instead of criticising governance in Papua New Guinea.

PM doesn't believe there'll be a coup

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says the situation in his country is now calm and he says he does not believe a threatened military coup will take place.

Military says crisis will be resolved peacefully

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

Fiji's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the armed forces' increasingly tense standoff with the government won't lead to a coup.

Relations deteriorate between police and military

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

With the Fiji Government refusing to bow down to military demands that it resigns, relations have also worsened between the police and the army.

Striking factions happy to talk again on Friday

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

In French Polynesia, talks between government and unions resumed on Monday with a promise of more to follow on Friday Tahiti time.

Striking teachers return to work

2 November 2006, 17:06 AEDT

Striking school teachers throughout Solomon Islands have returned to work after the government referred the dispute to the Trade Disputes Panel.

Military still wants PM to resign

2 November 2006, 12:41 AEDT

Fiji's military remains on a collision course with the government of Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase.

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