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.


Confronting racial discrimination

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

Fiji has marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

MP faces possible AIDS charges

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

As Papua New Guinea continues to battle an AIDS epidemic, a member of parliament could become the first person to face criminal charges under the country's HIV/AIDS laws.

Followers of cargo cult hail US funds

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

In Vanuatu, the current session of Parliament has been dominated by moves and counter moves relating to Votes of No Confidence and the question whether the Parliament can discipline MPs for trying to topple the government.

Weightlifting a family affair

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEDT

At the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne the weightlifting competition has proved to be a family affair.

Police Commissioner rejects accusations over child sex

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner has defended the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, against accusations that they have not done enough to try to stamp out the exploitation of young girls for sex in the Solomons, particularly in the capital, Honiara.

Senate told to look to Asia as well as Pacific for farm labour

23 March 2006, 16:34 AEDT

An Australian Senate Inquiry has been told that a scheme to address labour shortages should look to Asia, as well as the Pacific Islands.

Four killed in Papua mine protest

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

The Uniting Church in Australia has called for dialogue and calm in the Indonesian province of Papua, in the wake of a violent demonstration which left four Indonesian security personnel dead.

Swains Island MP welcomes Tokelauan co-operation

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

Moves to increase co-operation in shipping and trade between Tokelau and Swains Island, which is part of American Samoa, have been welcomed by the island's MP.

Police Commissioner reacts to claims of child sex increase

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Shane Castles, has rejected claims that there has been a 'huge' increase in the child sex trade in Solomon Islands since the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI, in mid-2003.

Nation goes wild over Pini's gold medal

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

Meanwhile Ryan Pini's win has sent everyone in Papua New Guinea into a spin including the country's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare who was the first to send a congratulatory message to the 100m butterfly champion.

Island youths in 'slave labour' case

23 March 2006, 11:25 AEDT

A trade union in Australia has come to the aid of five young Cook Islanders who allegedly suffered physical abuse and conditions of virtual slavery at the hands of their employer in Sydney.

New hospital hailed as new beginning

23 March 2006, 10:53 AEDT

The people of Niue have a new hospital, Niue Fo'ou.

Finance minister blames leaders for aid failure

22 March 2006, 16:04 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's finance minister, Bart Philemon, says poor political leadership is the underlying cause for PNG's entrenched problems.

Niue shooters target live 'clay pigeons'

22 March 2006, 15:37 AEDT

Niue's shooting team has been using some unconventional training techniques.

Hindus and Muslims react to 'Christian state' call

22 March 2006, 13:49 AEDT

In Fiji, calls for the country to become a Christian state have received mixed responses from the country's other main religions.

Pacifc-EU economic partnership on track

22 March 2006, 13:49 AEDT

The race is on in the Pacific to put in place a new economic partnership agreement with the European Union.

New laws to stem illegal migrants

22 March 2006, 13:49 AEDT

Marshall Islands has stepped up measures to tighten its immigration and labour laws in an effort to address increasing problems of illegal immigrants.

Author defends island country against corruption claims

22 March 2006, 13:49 AEDT

A British author and lawyer who spent several years in Tuvalu has defended the island country against accusations of corruption regularly made by outside groups.

Leadership Code Commission ruling ousts Sasako

21 March 2006, 16:25 AEDT

In Solomon Islands former Member of Parliament for East Kwaio, Alfred Sasako has been sacked as the caretaker minister for infrastructure development, reportedly for accusing Australia and Tawan of meddling in his country's internal affairs.

University Vice Chancellor under pressure to resign

21 March 2006, 16:25 AEDT

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea is standing his ground despite calls for him to quit.

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