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

Oxfam blames administration error for royal gaffe

23 January 2006, 8:15 AEST

The Tongan government has dismissed criticisms of its accession to the World Trade Organisation by the international aid agency Oxfam.

Students grounded by airline's woes

23 January 2006, 8:15 AEST

Hundreds of students in Nauru and Kiribati won't be able to return to school in Fiji on time for the new school year, because of Air Nauru's continuing problems.

Two new licences for mobile phone services

23 January 2006, 8:15 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government approved a policy submission by the country's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, to issue two new mobile phone licences.

Planned new TV station promises local content

23 January 2006, 8:15 AEST

For Solomon Islanders, the action of this year's soccer World Cup could become a lot closer, with plans for the launch of another television station.

More doctors return to work after strike

19 January 2006, 14:50 AEST

In Samoa, nine more doctors have agreed to return to work after a long running strike for better pay and conditions.

UN campaign to promote women in the media

19 January 2006, 14:50 AEST

Now to a note to editors and policy makers in media outlets across the Pacific - a date for you to pencil into your diary.

Festival spotlight on Pacific film-makers

19 January 2006, 14:50 AEST

French Polynesia is currently gearing up for the annual International Oceania Documentary Film Festival, which opens on Monday in the capital Papeete.

Thais arrested amid trans-national crime fears

19 January 2006, 14:50 AEST

Authorities in Papua New Guinea have arrested two Thai nationals, amid fears they may be involved in trans-national crime - including people-smuggling.

Threats to ban tour operators over Kokoda payments

19 January 2006, 14:50 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Inter-Government Relations Minister has threatened to ban two Australian tour operators from sending visitors to the famous Kokoda Track, over claims they haven't paid for permits.

Officer investigated after challenge to army chief

19 January 2006, 14:50 AEST

In Fiji, a senior military officer and a senior public servant are being investigated for their part in a recent challenge to the leadership of Army Commander Voreqe Bainimarama.

Asylum seekers could strain Australia-Indonesia ties

19 January 2006, 14:50 AEST

A boat carrying 43 pro-independence activists from the Indonesian province of Papua has been found on the coast of Australia's Cape York Peninsula.

Aid funding for new crisis centre premises

18 January 2006, 14:21 AEST

In Fiji, the country's Women's Crisis Centre will soon move to new premises, thanks to a major funding from the overseas aid funding organisation of the Australian government - Ausaid.

Fears over missing boat carrying Papuan asylum-seekers

18 January 2006, 14:21 AEST

A boat with 43 Papuans on board, including several prominent pro-independence student activists, is running late on a voyage to Australia.

Judicial assistance package now closer

18 January 2006, 14:21 AEST

Australia and Papua New Guinea have moved a step closer to an agreement that will help strengthen PNG's judicial system.

Reports travellers at risk in no-go zone

18 January 2006, 14:21 AEST

Radio broadcasts in Bougainville on Wednesday reported that rebels manning road blocks in Bougainville's no-go-zone are now harrassing travellers in the area.

President angered by presence of Fiji mercenaries

18 January 2006, 14:21 AEST

Press reports out of Papua New Guinea this week are suggesting the president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Joseph Kabui, is losing patience with the former Fiji soldiers still in Tonu.

Women ready to take a political role

18 January 2006, 9:33 AEST

It appears that women are increasingly taking centre stage in world affairs.

SPC appoints new public health manager

18 January 2006, 9:33 AEST

The position had been vacant for over a year, but the New Caledonian-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community has just appointed a new manager to its Public Health Program.

Protests against Porgera take-over continue

18 January 2006, 9:33 AEST

Workers in Papua New Guinea's Porgera gold mine are continuing their strike this week, to protest against the take-over bid by Canadian company Barrick Gold.

Greens demand inquiry into Pacific spying revelations

18 January 2006, 9:33 AEST

The New Zealand Green Party is calling for an inquiry into revelations that the country has been spying on a number of states, including some of its Pacific neighbours.

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