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.

Stories

Information teams pave way for customary land changes

7 December 2006, 8:23 AEDT

A major land reform is underway in Papua New Guinea as the government attempts to make the most from state and custom owned land.

Meeting to monitor Humpback health

7 December 2006, 8:23 AEDT

Conservation scientists from the region have been meeting in New Caledonia to assess the status of the Humpback whale in the region.

Vice-president sacking angers tribal leaders

7 December 2006, 8:23 AEDT

Fiji's coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama has dismissed his country's vice president, in a move that's angered Fiji's tribal elders.

NZ warns military coup will not succeed

7 December 2006, 8:23 AEDT

New Zealand's foreign minister, Winston Peters, says he was surprised when Mr Qarase asked Australia and New Zealand for military assistance to deal with the coup.

Business community prepares to count the cost to economy

7 December 2006, 8:23 AEDT

As Fiji's military coup continues, the country's business community is counting the cost to the economy.

Massive jobs losses for miners

6 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

Instability in Fiji escalated for over 17 hundred of the country's miners yesterday, who - just moments after the coup broke out - discovered they had lost their jobs.

Military censors move in on newsrooms

6 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

Since the coup began, Commodore Bainimarama has been repeating that he doesn't intend to repeal the country's 1997 constitution.

Foreign Minister calls on Fijians to resist coup

6 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

Australia's Foreign Minister has called on Fijians to offer passive resistance to what he calls Fiji's military dictatorship.

Military commander needs to be endorsed as president

6 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

The head of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs has hinted that the Council will not endorse Commodore Bainimarama as President to enable him to swear in an interim administration.

Second PM sworn in although Qarase won't resign

6 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

In Fiji on Wednesday Dr Jona Senilagakali was sworn in as the country's second prime minister.

Nation could lose World netball championships

6 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

Fiji's dominant women's sport of netball, stands to loose the World Championships next year.

Military begins clamp-down on media freedoms

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

The leader of Fiji's military coup, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, has begun to clamp down on the country's media.

Military seizes control of government and media

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Fiji's military commander has plunged the country into a political and regional security crisis, after seizing control of government and cracking down on the media.

Prime Minister says he's still in control

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Meanwhile, Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says he's not under house arrest and that he is still the Prime Minister of Fiji.

Public broadcaster told not to broadcast anti-coup news

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has confirmed it has been told not to broadcast news which is favourable to deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Commonwealth calls for military commander to resign

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon has condemned the military coup in Fiji as a clear attack on the democratically elected Government of Fiji.

Military commander assumes control

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Fiji's military has announced it is now in control of the country.

Police chief says Bainimarama coup won't succeed

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Meanwhile, Fiji's Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes says he believes Commodore Bainimarama doesn't have the support of the military's top brass.

Bloodless military coup creates constitutional uncertainty.

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Fiji's military takeover yesterday afternoon was bloodless, and is the island nation's fourth coup in 20 years.

Big public sector pay rises in national budget.

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

One of the main features of the Vanuatu national budget being debated by parliament is the provision for public service pay increases.

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