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.


Rove prison disturbance successfully put down

18 October 2005, 10:32 AEST

A serious disturbance at Rove prison in Solomon Islands has been successfully put down with no injuries to either inmates or prison officers.

Protest at Rove Prison ends with tear gas

17 October 2005, 16:06 AEST

In Solomon Islands 192 prisoners were involved in a violent confrontation with the prison service over the weekend at Rove Prison.

World Bank report highlights value of labour mobility

17 October 2005, 15:23 AEST

The World Bank says opportunities currently available for Pacific Islanders to work in developed countries are playing a huge poverty alleviation role for the most vulnerable in Pacific societies.

Australian company provides free drugs for AIDS patients

17 October 2005, 15:23 AEST

Papua New Guinea's AIDS patients are about to be given much needed drugs free of charge for as long as they need it.

Rubbish dump dwellers to relocate to Malaita

17 October 2005, 15:23 AEST

Health authorities in Solomon Islands, have commended the city council's decision to remove and ban scavengers from the Ranadi dump in the capital Honiara.

Law Society President crashes cabinet to demand reform

17 October 2005, 15:23 AEST

The President of Tonga's Law Society has stepped up his demands for democratic reforms by staging a public protest at the main park in the capital, Nukualofa.

Papuan refugees granted three-year residency permits

17 October 2005, 11:35 AEST

Papua New Guinea has granted three-year, renewable residency permits to 184 refugees from Indonesia's Papua province, ending over five years' of uncertainty for the refugees.

US statistics to create 'Pacific Islander' category

17 October 2005, 11:35 AEST

Pacific Islanders in the United States will now be regarded as a separate ethnic group for purposes of data collection, rather than as part of a larger Asian and Pacific islander grouping.

New 3G mobile telephone network to be regional first

17 October 2005, 11:35 AEST

Fiji is to be the first Pacific Island nation to have a new third generation mobile telephone network.

Family breakdowns blamed for juvenile crime increase

17 October 2005, 11:19 AEST

In Fiji, broken homes and dysfunctional families have been cited as just two of the causes of much of the increasing rate of juvenile crime in the country.

Govt Minister says community refusing to confront AIDS threat

17 October 2005, 11:09 AEST

A Papua New Guinea Government Minister says much of the PNG community is still refusing to confront the full impact of HIV-AIDs.

Muslim Community rejects claims that PNG is a terrorism target

17 October 2005, 11:09 AEST

Papua New Guinea's muslim community have rejected claims PNG's close relationship with Australia could make the country a sitting duck for terrorists.

Most asylum-seekers to be sent to Australia

14 October 2005, 15:47 AEST

Australia's Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone today announced that 25 of the 27 asylum-seekers still in Nauru's Offshore Processing Centre will be brought to Australia.

Party continues for Fest'Napuan revellers

14 October 2005, 15:46 AEST

The 10th Fest' Napuan contemporary music festival is now well and truly underway in Port Vila Vanuatu, and Radio Australia's team covering the events has been dancing and grooving into the wee small hours.

Young man's death reignites tension

14 October 2005, 14:02 AEST

In the French territory of Wallis and Futuna, a young man has died after allegedly becoming involved in a drunken brawl in the Wallis capital Mata'utu.

Tests underway for unmanned weather 'scout'

14 October 2005, 12:01 AEST

You may have seen them in the films "Twister" and "The Perfect Storm", but now research into typhoons and hurricanes has hit the Pacific.

Australian defence leaders fear security decline

14 October 2005, 12:01 AEST

Australia's defence leaders fear that security in Papua New Guinea could further deteriorate over the next 15 years and PNG could become a failing state.

Trade war with Fiji over corned beef continues

14 October 2005, 12:01 AEST

The trade war between Fiji and Papua New Guinea over the export of "Ox and Palm" corned beef is continuing today, in spite of Fiji's reassurance that it hasn't placed an import ban on the product.

Calls for Australia to accept regional labour scheme

13 October 2005, 17:20 AEST

The peak body representing Australia's non-government aid agencies has called on Australia to announce a pilot project to offer Pacific Islanders short-term work opportunities in Australia.

Canadian mining merger affect Goro, Koniambo

13 October 2005, 17:20 AEST

Two of the world's largest mining companies, Canada's INCO and Falconbridge, have announced they are to merge.

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