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

Greg Urwin reappointed head of secretariat

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

Retired Australian diplomat Greg Urwin has been re-appointed for another three year term as head of the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat.

Suva's water should be back by Wednesday night

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

A water shortage in Fiji's capital, Suva, should be fixed by later this evening, according to the Public Works Department.

Tropical Cyclone Xavier being monitored

25 October 2006, 16:14 AEST

The remote Temotu Province in eastern Solomon Islands is now trying to assess damage caused by Cyclone Xavier which affected parts of the province in the last few days.

Solicitor-General accuses PM of bullying

25 October 2006, 15:48 AEST

The Solomon Islands solicitor-general, Nathan Moshinsky, has returned to Australia.

Relief supplies arrive in Pangia

25 October 2006, 15:48 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, starving people in the country's Southern Highlands province will receive their first batch of food relief over the next two days.

PM outlines how to improve RAMSI

25 October 2006, 15:48 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has said a lot about how he'd like to improve the regional assistance mission to his country On Tuesday, he finally got the chance to explain to fellow Pacific leaders exactly what's he's got in mind.

Occupation of Presidential Palace ends

24 October 2006, 16:45 AEST

An occupation of the Presidential Palace in French Polynesia has ended with police breaking up the barricades of two separate groups of protesters.

Leaders begin talks in Fiji

24 October 2006, 16:45 AEST

Leaders from across the Pacific have begun their annual talks in Fiji anxious to put the acrimony between Australia and two of its nearest neighbours to one side for the next two days so they can tackle issues affecting the whole region.

Castles says he hasn't been sacked

24 October 2006, 16:45 AEST

Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Shane Castles has confirmed that he has not been sacked.

New soccer coach excited about his appointment

24 October 2006, 16:45 AEST

The new coach of Fiji soccer Juan Carlos Buzzetti says it was a sad day when he left Vanuatu Football Federation to become coach of Fiji.

Harmonising tradition and human rights

24 October 2006, 13:05 AEST

A group of prominent legal minds in New Zealand have put forward a study paper on how the Pacific can harmonise traditional customs and human rights.

PNG Deputy PM wants resolution with Australia

24 October 2006, 13:05 AEST

In Port Moresby, the deputy Prime Minister Don Polye on Monday afternoon called a media Conference about the Julian Moti Affair.

High rate of Philippine unregistered workers

24 October 2006, 13:05 AEST

Eighty percent of illegal workers in Palau are believed to be from the Philippines.

Australian PM arrives in Fiji

24 October 2006, 13:05 AEST

The Prime Minister arrived in Fiji on Monday afternoon for the Pacific Islands Forum - and was immediately embroiled in the simmering tensions between Australia and the Solomon Islands.

Forum application didn't follow procedure

23 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

The US State Department says American Samoa didn't follow the correct procedure when it applied for observer status at the Pacific Islands Forum.

Leaders gather for Forum meeting

23 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

Leaders from the sixteen member nations of the Pacific Island Forum are gathering in Fiji for what's shaping up as one of the most acrimonious meetings in many years.

Calls for restructuring of RAMSI

23 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

Senior ministers from the Solomon Islands claim the 700-strong Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission isn't paying them enough respect, and they want it to be completely restructured.

Three defence officers suspended

23 October 2006, 11:48 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Defence Force Commander says three senior ranking officers have been suspended for allegedly flying suspended Solomon Islands Attorney general, Julian Moti, to the Solomon Islands from extradition to Australia to face alleged child sex charges.

PM John Howard attending Pacific Forum

23 October 2006, 11:48 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard flies into Fiji later today for what is expected to be one of the most lively Pacific Island Forum meetings in years.

Political changes proposed

23 October 2006, 11:48 AEST

Sweeping changes to Tonga's political structure have been proposed by the country's cabinet and King.

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