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

PM says he and his government won't resign

2 November 2006, 12:41 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister says the police have launched an investigation into alleged attempts by the military to have the government dismissed.

Plans to omit election candidates photos criticised

2 November 2006, 12:41 AEDT

Now to Papua New Guinea, where there's a case of now you see it now you don't scenario with next year's general elections.

21 people arrested in relation to drug bust

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

And now to Vanuatu, where police have arrested 21 people for alleged involvement in the country's biggest marijuana bust.

Tensions relate to Military force being political

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

One of Fiji's leading historians, Professor Brij Lal, says Fiji is confronting the tensions involved in having a military force which claims the right to be a political force.

Calls for government to avert Fiji crisis

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

The Australian Opposition spokesman for Pacific Island Affairs, Bob Sercombe, says the Australian Government has to act to avert a crisis in Fiji.

Navy on standby to evacuate Australians

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

The Australian Navy has put ships on standby to evacuate Australian citizens from Fiji if there is a coup.

Politicians urge dialogue in resolving standoff

1 November 2006, 17:45 AEDT

Tension between Fiji's government and military has escalated.

Police arrest man following desecration of temple

1 November 2006, 12:21 AEDT

Fiji police have a suspect in custody following the desecration of a Hindu temple in Nausori.

Plans to develop Federal constitution

1 November 2006, 12:21 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for Constitutional Reform says shelving the nation's draft Federal Constitution is not an option for the government.

Presidential attempt to replace Bainimarama fails

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

Police and military sources in Fiji confirm that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo has attempted to replace controversial military commander Voreqe Bainimarama.

Police accused of abuse of children in custody

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea police force has come under fire from international human rights lawyers who are accusing it of committing rampant abuse against children in custody.

Temaru Forum speech upsets Paris

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

There's been a backlash from France over the speech made at the Pacific Island forum by French Polynesia's President Oscar Temaru.

OPM rep meets Pacific leaders

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

A representative of the Free Papua Movement, the OPM, was able to meet several regional leaders during the recent Pacific Islands Forum.

Fight begins against avian flu

31 October 2006, 16:42 AEDT

Palau has introduced an avian flu surveillance program.

Strike continuing

31 October 2006, 11:37 AEDT

The government of French Polynesia and unions are still not able to negotiate an end to the two week long strike.

Calls for restraint in diplomatic standoff

31 October 2006, 11:37 AEDT

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for restraint by Solomon Islands and Australia in the language being used in their diplomatic standoff.

Concerns about treatment of workers

30 October 2006, 17:08 AEDT

An International Labour Organisation workshop in Port Vila has raised concerns about the Vanuatu government's violation of core ILO conventions.

Labor wants regional gun laws adopted

30 October 2006, 17:08 AEDT

Australia's opposition wants the Pacific Islands Forum to discuss a uniform approach to gun control.

Australian con man on hunger strike

30 October 2006, 17:08 AEDT

In Fiji, a hunger strike by Australian con man Peter Foster has delayed his release from hospital.

Police investigating murder of 14 year old girl

30 October 2006, 14:58 AEDT

Police in Papua New Guinea are horrified over the murder, of a 14-year old school girl, in the northern province of Madang.

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