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.


Former MP says vandal attack political

20 September 2006, 11:39 AEST

Former Solomon Islands Finance Minister, Peter Boyers says he believes the vandalism of his company office in Honiara on Sunday night was politically motivated.

Hindus outraged by temple desecrations

19 September 2006, 16:09 AEST

Hindus in Fiji are considering forming vigilante groups to combat a spate of temple desecrations.

Preliminary hearing into MP's court case ends

19 September 2006, 16:09 AEST

The preliminary hearing into the case of one of the two Solomon Islands parliamentarians charged with inciting the April riots in Honiara has concluded in the magistrates court.

Speculation about change of leader

19 September 2006, 16:09 AEST

Speculation is mounting of a possible change of leadership in the Solomon Islands.

The nation farewells King

19 September 2006, 16:09 AEST

The people of Tonga have paid their final respects to King Tupou the Fourth in a funeral that brought the Pacific island kingdom to a standstill on Tuesday.

Police Commissioner wants Police Act changed

19 September 2006, 11:31 AEST

Vanuatu's new Commissioner of Police wants to see the draft changes to the country's Police Act and the Police General Orders put to Cabinet and tabled in parliament as soon as possible.

Diplomatic tensions still simmering

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

The diplomatic tension between Australia and the Solomons is continuing.

Calls for Australia to be more sensitive to Pacific

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

Papua New Guinea has called on Australia to be more sensitive and careful with its relationships with the Pacific, especially Melanesian countries including the Solomon Islands.

Rumours about deputy PM's resignation

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

Solomon Islands, prime minister Manasseh Sogavare is being criticised in the Solomons for continuing with his plans to leave on Tuesday for a meeting at the United Nations in New York.

Finishing touches on royal funeral

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

In Tonga, officials are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the arrangements for Tuesday's funeral for King Taufa'ahau Tupou the IV.

Region agrees to protect whales and dolphins

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

A new agreement between nine Pacific countries to protect whales and dolphins is being hailed as a breakthrough in global conservation.

Primary results certified

18 September 2006, 12:03 AEST

It took ten days after the completion of voting in Guam's primary election for the Election Commission to vote unanimously to certify the results.

PM unleashes volley of criticism at Australia

18 September 2006, 12:03 AEST

The diplomatic standoff between Australia and the Solomons continued last night when in an address to the nation, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, severely criticised Australia.

New King to get rid of his businesses

18 September 2006, 12:03 AEST

Tonga's pro-democracy movement leader has welcomed the announcement that the new King is getting rid of his private businesses.

Pacific countries urged to accept environmental refugees

15 September 2006, 15:53 AEST

The Pacific is being urged to work together to help Tuvalu find a permanent home for its people due to environmental concerns.

Indonesia calls for relaxation of sea border policing

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

Indonesia has called on Papua New Guinea to relax the policing of it's Exclusive Economic Zone at the sea border between PNG and Indonesia.

Stalemate in diplomatic standoff

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

First to Solomon Islands, where the diplomatic standoff with Australia continues.

Elder statesman urges round table summit

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

The man who led Solomon Islands to independence has called for a summit between the Australian and Solomon Island prime ministers.

Royal family mourns kings death

15 September 2006, 15:38 AEST

In Tonga, mourners are holding constant vigil over the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou the IV who is lying in state at the royal palace in Nu'kualofa.

Australian politicians view of tensions

14 September 2006, 15:59 AEST


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