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.


Cabinet reshuffle brings in first-ever woman minister

19 May 2006, 10:34 AEST

The Kingdom of Tonga now has its first-ever woman minister, following a cabinet reshuffle.

Newly reappointed PM offers cabinet positions to opposition

19 May 2006, 10:34 AEST

The newly re-appointed Prime Minister of Fiji has invited the opposition Fiji Labour Party to join his Government and take up seven relatively senior ministries.

Rebel leader denies reports he's preparing coup

19 May 2006, 10:34 AEST

Bougainville rebel army leader Noah Musingku has denied reports he's preparing to overthrow the island's autonomous government, the ABG.

Qarase sworn in for second term as PM

18 May 2006, 15:30 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has been sworn in for a second term as the country's leader.

Military chief pulls back from threat to stop new government

18 May 2006, 14:24 AEST

Fiji's Military Commander has given up his push to stop the newly elected Government of Fiji led by Laisenia Qarase from taking power.

Electoral Offices releases results for 70 of 71 seats

18 May 2006, 12:02 AEST

In Fiji, results are now known in all but one of the country's 71 lower house constituencies, placing caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase in a strong position to form a government.

Maori migrating to Australia in large numbers

18 May 2006, 12:02 AEST

It's well known that New Zealanders are moving to Australia in large numbers.

Money offer for training not taken up by sporting officials

18 May 2006, 12:02 AEST

The Samoan government has given the country's sports federations until the end of June to take advantage of a US$5000 grant to train sports technicians for the 2007 South Pacific Games.

European shareholders call for copper mine re-opening

18 May 2006, 12:02 AEST

The European-based shareholders of the company which owns Bougainville's copper mine have called for the re-opening of the operation.

PM says two independent MPs will support SDL government

17 May 2006, 15:01 AEST

Fiji's caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has claimed victory for his SDL party, as counting from last week's racially charged general election continues.

PM says he may include Labour MPs in his next cabinet

17 May 2006, 14:53 AEST

Fiji's caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has claimed victory in last week's general election, and says he now has enough support in the new parliament to rule.

Prime Minister claims victory and counting continues

17 May 2006, 11:44 AEST

Fiji's caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has claimed victory for his SDL party in last week's general elections.

Coffee industry flourishes with new funding

17 May 2006, 10:18 AEST

It's not the country you'd usually associate with the aroma of coffee beans, but Vanuatu farmers are now confident the local coffee industry is booming.

Another man charged over Chinatown riots

17 May 2006, 10:18 AEST

In Solomon Islands, a third man has been arrested and charged with two counts of arson and one count of inciting last months riots in Chinatown.

PM says army's role has sparked high voter turnout

17 May 2006, 10:18 AEST

The Fiji election may prove to be very close, with a much higher than predicted turnout of voters from both the indigenous Fijian and the Fijian Indian communities.

Government calls for greater dialogue to solve political

17 May 2006, 10:18 AEST

Bougainville authorities have shelved plans to use force in South Bougainville, in the wake of armed clashes between local police and supporters of failed money scheme founder Noah Musingku.

No clear winner with 35 of 71 seats now declared

16 May 2006, 15:10 AEST

As we go to air today, the first results from Fiji's general election are coming in, and so far there's no clear winner.

Former MP minister to sue over passport scam allegations

16 May 2006, 15:10 AEST

A former government minister in Nauru says he's taking legal action against an Australian newspaper, after it accused him of being one of the people involved in the Nauru passport scam.

Minister calls for caution in tackling Bougainville violence

16 May 2006, 15:10 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Justice Minister, Bire Kimisopa, says his government remains concerned about the recent surge in law and order issues in the autonomous region of Bougainville.

Security concerns following armed attacks

16 May 2006, 9:02 AEST

While most international attention is now focussed on Fiji and Solomon Islands, there now appears to be increased tension on the island of Bougainville.

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