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

Police defend ban on anti-gay march

10 November 2005, 14:44 AEST

A decision by the Fiji police not to let the country's Methodist Church stage an anti-homosexual march means permission is unlikely to be granted for similar marches in the future.

Sasako back in ministerial revolving-door

10 November 2005, 14:44 AEST

Government ministers come and go at an alarming rate these days in Solomon Islands.

MP challenges women's place in Maori ceremony

10 November 2005, 14:17 AEST

Are Maori ceremonies and protocol being used inappropriately at New Zealand state functions? That's the question being asked by a female MP of the opposition National Party, who complains she had to sit behind the men at a ceremony to mark the opening of a new building at a school in her electorate.

Official calls for tough customs laws

10 November 2005, 14:17 AEST

An Australian customs official working at the Customs and Excise Unit of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance is warning that laws dealing with customs require urgent attention.

USP to establish Honiara campus

10 November 2005, 14:17 AEST

Good news for the Solomon Islands this week, with the council of the University of the South Pacific giving its approval to establish a fourth campus in Solomon Islands.

Forum hosts anti-terror exercise

9 November 2005, 16:07 AEST

Officials from a number of Pacific Forum states, as well as the French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia, have just completed the first-ever discussion based regional counter terrorism exercise.

Ballot could scrap role of traditional leaders

9 November 2005, 16:07 AEST

Ballots are now being counted in Palau after Tuesday's election to amend the constitution in the state of Koror.

Green light for Simberi Gold Project

9 November 2005, 15:06 AEST

A new Papua New Guinea gold project has been given the go-ahead on Simberi Island, north-west of Lihir.

Struggling parents use kava to pay school fees

9 November 2005, 15:06 AEST

The promoters of a radical scheme in Fiji to allow struggling parents to pay school fees using yagona, or kava, are hoping the idea can be replicated by other schools in the country.

Job-share expected for role of Port Vila mayor

9 November 2005, 15:06 AEST

In Vanuatu, the announcement of who will be the new mayor for Port Vila Council is yet to be formally made.

Health minister resigns over criminal charges

8 November 2005, 16:10 AEST

The government of Solomon Islands announced on Tuesday the resignation of Health Minister Benjamin Una.

Representative urges US not to touch labour laws

8 November 2005, 16:10 AEST

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' newly re-elected Representative in Washington says the US government will bankrupt the country if it carries out its threat to impose federal laws.

Methodists postpone anti-gay march

8 November 2005, 16:10 AEST

Fiji's Methodist Church is temporarily postponing its plans to stage a march against same-sex marriages, while it engages in dialogue with gays and lesbians about its stance opposing homosexuality.

Women and children to benefit from family court

8 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

The people of Fiji have welcomed the setting up of a new Family Law court under the Family Law Act which came into effect last week.

School shooting sparks calls for human rights commission

8 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

A human rights lawyer in Papua New Guinea has called on the government to establish human rights commission to look into last week's shooting of school children by police in Porgera.

Conservative Alliance attacks military commander

8 November 2005, 11:31 AEST

The head of Fiji's Conservative Alliance, Ratu Tanoa Cakobau, has attacked the country's military commander for insisting that the leader of the May 2000 not be pardoned under proposed legislation.

GG to undergo surgery in Sydney

7 November 2005, 16:17 AEST

The Solomon Islands Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena has arrived in the Australian city of Sydney and is expected to undergo surgery within the next couple of days.

Immigration director suspended indefinitely

7 November 2005, 16:17 AEST

The man responsible for immigration in Fiji, Eroni Luveniyali, has been suspended indefinitely.

Unofficial gubernatorial poll results put Fitial ahead

7 November 2005, 16:17 AEST

Benigno Fitial appears set to become the next Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as unofficial results from Saturday's poll start to filter through.

Leading author on the Treasure Island scent

7 November 2005, 12:33 AEST

If you're a best-selling author and a psychologist and believe you've been visited by a ghost in your sleep.

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