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.


Voting proceeds smoothly throughout outer islands

9 May 2006, 15:43 AEST

In Fiji, the problems which plagued polling stations on day one of the national elections last Saturday appear to have been overcome, as voting continues throughout the country.

Three more Papuans arrive in Australia, via PNG

9 May 2006, 14:41 AEST

The Australian Government's frosty relationship with Indonesia is being tested again, following revelations that three men from Indonesia's mainly Melanesian province of Papua province were found in the Torres Strait on Saturday.

Australia's Foreign Minister disappointed with Cabinet lin

9 May 2006, 10:19 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has described the appointment by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of two jailed ministers in the country's new Cabinet as surprising and a disappointing development.

Health minister concerned over growing doctor brain-drain

9 May 2006, 10:19 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea have raised the alarm at the continuing exodus of some of its brightest medical minds to overseas countries.

Indonesia blacklists academics for 'supporting' separatists

9 May 2006, 10:19 AEST

As relations between the Indonesian and Australian governments remain tense over refugees from the Indonesian province of Papua, more tension is brewing.

US Congressman renews calls for human rights review

9 May 2006, 10:19 AEST

As Indonesia and Australia continue their diplomatic dispute over Australia's decision to grant 42 Papuan asylum-seekers temporary protection visas, the United States is now also set to weigh in on the debate over human rights in Papua.

Slow start to elections in some polling centres

8 May 2006, 14:43 AEST

Fiji's elections got off to a bumpy start over the weekend with some polling centres unable to open due to the late arrival of the ballot papers.

Voters begin casting their ballots in the general election.

8 May 2006, 14:42 AEST

Voters in Fiji went to the polls on Saturday in their first general election since the coup of 2000.

Australia expresses disappointed over cabinet line-up

8 May 2006, 14:01 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has described the appointment by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of two jailed ministers in the country's new Cabinet as surprising and a disappointing development.

CNMI church calls for more efforts to prevent human rights abuses

8 May 2006, 14:01 AEST

Authorities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have been urged to work harder to prevent human rights violations in the country.

Authorities cautious about future of American-owned medical s

8 May 2006, 14:01 AEST

The Cook Islands has opened its doors to an American-owned medical school, which will be operating from the country's main Island, Rarotonga.

Fiji-based pay TV continues its ambitious expansion plans

8 May 2006, 14:01 AEST

The manager of the Fiji-based pay satellite pay TV service, Sky Pacific, has just returned from Cook Islands, as part of his plan to expand the reach of the service.

New Prime Minister defiant over cabinet appointments

8 May 2006, 14:01 AEST

When on Thursday MP Manasseh Sogavare was declared Solomon Islands' new prime minister, the news was greeted with cheers by the crowd outside Parliament House.

EU observer team investigating election complaints

5 May 2006, 9:39 AEST

The European Union has sent a team of observers to Fiji to keep a close eye on the election process.

Excitement as world prices boost mineral export income

5 May 2006, 9:39 AEST

Papua New Guinea says it's very excited about the current boom in its minerals exports, a a result of an increase in world prices.

New PM says RAMSI's operations will be reviewed

5 May 2006, 9:39 AEST

The Solomon Islands newly appointed Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogovare, says he is happy with the operations of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and wants it to continue.

Government printers defy critics and deliver ballots on time

5 May 2006, 9:39 AEST

In spite of initial fears, government printers in Fiji have overcome the odds by printing all ballot papers on time for this weekend's national poll.

Taiwan confident diplomatic ties will remain in place

4 May 2006, 15:59 AEST

One of the foreign policy challenges facing the Solomon Islands' newly elected Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, is what to do about the Solomons' relationship with Taiwan.

No reports of damage or injuries after strong quake

4 May 2006, 15:46 AEST

Tongans are today counting themselves lucky, after reports confirmed a massive earthquake which hit the country on Thursday morning didn't cause widespread damage.

Menassah Sogovare sworn in as new prime minister

4 May 2006, 15:35 AEST

Solomon Islands MP Manasseh Sogavare has been sworn-in by the country's Governor General as the new prime minister.

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