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

Academic says further military demonstrations unlikely

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEDT

A prominent Fiji academic has described a march by fully armed soldiers through the capital Suva this week as the military showing its muscle.

Paris's eradication promise fails to impress

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEDT

Even before he arrives on a whistle-stop tour of French Polynesia, France's Minister for Overseas Territories Francois Baroin has managed to insult the government in Papeete.

'Witchcraft' murder spress sparks growing concern

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEDT

Church and law enforcement agencies in Papua New Guinea are raising concerns about the increasing number of killings carried out against people accused of practicing witchcraft or black magic.

PM asked to explain relationship with banned businessman

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, has been called on to explain his relationship with an Australian businessman who is banned from the country.

Outreach prevention program helps curb suicide rate

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEDT

There has been some good news this week from Marshall Islands, where it appears a campaign to control high rates of suicide is working.

Growing concern over 'witchcraft' murders

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEDT

Church and law enforcement agencies in Papua New Guinea are raising concerns about the increasing number of killings carried out against people accused of practicing witchcraft or black magic.

Group campaigns for clean elections

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEDT

Thousands of people in Solomon Islands have signed election campaign pledges that their votes won't be for sale in next week's election.

UK diplomatic presence comes to an end

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEDT

An era comes to an end in Tonga on April 1, with the United Kingdom withdrawing its resident High Commissioner and transferring diplomatic representation to it's office in Fiji.

PM tipped for re-election in Friday's poll

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEDT

With Samoa's March 31 general election just days away, accusations and counter-accusations are flying thick and fast.

Papuan students seek asylum after Freeport riots

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEDT

As tensions continue following student riots in the Indonesian Province of Papua, local leaders are pleading with the Indonesian government to work with them to address the ongoing political impasse.

Public sector streamlined

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEDT

The streamlining of Tonga's public service, which has just been announced, will probably be followed by increased privatisation.

Military commander insists march was a 'routine exercise'

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEDT

Fiji is in anxiety mode this week after its military commander led his troops - all armed to the teeth - through the streets of the capital's suburbs yesterday.

Experts see huge benefits from short-term labour in Australia

28 March 2006, 11:24 AEDT

A short-term labour scheme in Australia and New Zealand could become one of the Pacific Islands' biggest earning industries, according to experts at the Centre for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University, in Indiana.

Thousands of die-hard sports fans welcome team home

27 March 2006, 16:21 AEDT

Thousands of sports-mad Papua New Guineans have flocked to Jackson's international airport in the capital, Port Moresby, to welcome home their heroes from the Commonwealth Games.

Paris unconcerned about independence talk

27 March 2006, 16:21 AEDT

Just one year into his term as president of French Polynesia, Oscar Temaru is already being accused by analysts of sounding like a broken record.

Territory fears for sporting identity

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEDT

As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close this weekend, there is concern among members of one of the smallest teams competing that these games could be their last.

Commonwealth Sec-Gen defends organisation's relevance

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEDT

Some of the smaller Pacific Island states will be taking home few medals from this year's games.

Regional support for Papuan protection visas

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEDT

Supporters of self-determination for the Indonesian province of Papua in Australia and the Pacific have welcomed the Australian government's decision to grant temporary protection visas to 42 Papuan asylum seekers.

Solomon Is, PNG authorities urge students to be patient

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEDT

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands authorities have appealed to Solomon Islands students in PNG to be patient, after concerns were raised about their tuition fees.

Broadcaster defends sacking of talkback host

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEDT

Fiji's state-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is strongly denying claims by the opposition Labour Party that it sacked a popular talkback radio host due to government pressure.

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