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

Rural phone services to receive cut in charges

14 February 2006, 11:49 AEDT

Phone charges for people living in rural and remote villages in Fiji will be dramatically reduced from Tuesday.

Bill to allow more home-rule on island issues

14 February 2006, 11:49 AEDT

A prominent Guam politician has introduced a bill in the local legislature, in a bid to give the people of the island more leeway in making home-rule decisions on island issues.

New Year's bonus for once troubled super fund

14 February 2006, 11:49 AEDT

Members of the National Superannuation Fund in Papua New Guinea are laughing all the way to the bank, after receiving a large - and unexpected - New Year's gift.

Cyclone Vaianu ain't misbehaving - yet

13 February 2006, 16:13 AEDT

The Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Fiji is today advising that Cyclone Vaianu is likely to be upgraded to category three over the next six to twelve hours.

PM quits, replaced by commoner

13 February 2006, 16:13 AEDT

Tonga's prime minister has resigned.

Anti money-laundering scheme to bolster security

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEDT

For some years now, a number of Pacific Island states have been targetted by segments of the international community for their alleged vulnerability to money laundering.

Palm Oil jobs for Malaita on track

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEDT

Plans to create thousands of new jobs in the palm oil industry on Malaita, in Solomon Islands, are on track, with land registration almost complete.

NZ warns Tonga of greater scrutiny

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEDT

New Zealand has warned Tonga that it will pay greater attention to the Kingdom's affairs in future, according to the chairman of a parliamentary inquiry into New Zealand-Tonga relations.

Young rebels choose books over guns

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEDT

After weeks of bad press, finally some positive news has emerged from Papua New Guinea's troubled autonomous province of Bougainville.

Deported security guards return from Solomon Islands

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEDT

Eleven former Fiji soldiers deported from Solomon Islands this week are now back home.

Commercial satellite launch this Saturday

13 February 2006, 14:24 AEDT

Over the weekend, a 21-meter tall, two-stage rocket was set to blast off from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall islands, in what's hoped to be the opening of a new chapter in space exploration.

Parliamentary debate on controversial bill deferred

10 February 2006, 13:55 AEDT

In Fiji, the long-awaited debate of the controversial "Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity" Bill will not take place when parliament resumes on Monday.

Border agreement reached with Solomon Islands

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEDT

Border controls between Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have been strengthened, following a meeting between the two countries' foreign ministers last week.

Government won't meet with rebel leader

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEDT

The Autonomous Bougainville Government says it won't meet with failed businessman Noah Musingku.

Daily Post vows not to give in to bomb scares

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEDT

The offices of Fiji's Daily Post newspaper were evacuated briefly on Friday, after a bomb threat was received.

Commercial satellite launch this Saturday

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEDT

This Saturday, a 21-meter tall, two-stage rocket blasts off from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall islands, in what's hoped to be the opening of a new chapter in space exploration.

Judge orders closure of prison 'dark cells'

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's National Court has ordered the closure of the so-called ''dark cells'' used to discipline convicts and remandees within PNG's jails.

Developers warned not to demolish buildings

10 February 2006, 12:55 AEDT

The Vanuatu Cultural Centre is warning developers they face prosecution if they damage or demolish any building listed as being of historic significance.

NZ foreign minister meets with military chief

9 February 2006, 11:42 AEDT

New Zealand's newly appointed Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, has defended his meeting with Fiji's controversial military chief.

Women angered by chiefly gender bill

9 February 2006, 11:42 AEDT

Women leaders in Marshall Islands are up in arms over a bill which is being debated by the parliament, the Nitijela, which would ban women from holding chiefly titles.

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