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.


Plans to review public transport system

24 August 2006, 15:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Land Transport secretary has vowed to review the nation's public transport system in major urban areas.

Government urged to introduce political changes

24 August 2006, 13:27 AEST

The Tongan government has been warned of trouble if recommendations by a parliamentary committee on political change don't go far enough.

New police commissioner appointed

24 August 2006, 13:27 AEST

Vanuatu has a new Police Commissioner.

Forum to review size and scope of leaders' meeting

23 August 2006, 15:59 AEST

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Greg Urwin, says he will now have to review the size of the peak representative body's leaders' meeting in October.

Strong support for the new Maori King

23 August 2006, 15:59 AEST

In New Zealand, there's been a groundswell of support among Maori for their new King.

New Attorney General proposed

23 August 2006, 15:59 AEST

In the Solomon Islands, Opposition Leader Fred Fono has accused Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of deliberately disregarding legal advice from the Attorney General, in favour of private legal advice.

Consular office re-opens

23 August 2006, 12:03 AEST

The Vanuatu consular office in New Caledonia has re-opened it doors after it was forced to close by disgruntled members of the Association of Kava Consumers last month.

Calls for a regional court to be formed

23 August 2006, 12:03 AEST

There have been renewed calls for the formation of a Pacific Regional Court in response to increasing transnational criminal activity in the Pacific.

Asylum seeker penalty for Australia

23 August 2006, 12:03 AEST

The Nauru government has passed a plan that will impose financial penalties on Australia for asylum seekers who are held on the Island for extended periods.

Calls for aid restrictions to be lifted on abortion

22 August 2006, 15:18 AEST

The issue of abortion is again confronting Australia's aid policy in the Asia Pacific.

Women with no brothers can now inherit family land

22 August 2006, 15:18 AEST

Tonga's Prime Minister says a law change enabling Tongan women to inherit their father's land doesn't necessarily mean more changes are coming.

Japanese tourist numbers fall dramatically

22 August 2006, 11:41 AEST

The number of Japanese tourists visiting the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has fallen by 21 per cent over the past year.

Calls for sackings over death of Indonesian fishermen

22 August 2006, 11:41 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the diplomatic situation between PNG and Indonesia is still tense following the recent fatal shooting of an Indonesian fisherman in the country's Sandaun province.

Prime Minister seeking court ruling

22 August 2006, 11:41 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has started legal proceedings for a court ruling to confirm the actions he has taken so far in the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the April riots in Honiara.

Maori leaders choose successor to Maori Queen

21 August 2006, 16:59 AEST

Maori leaders have chosen a successor to the Maori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu who was buried on Monday in one of the biggest funerals in New Zealand in a generation.

World Trade Organisation says the nation should remain a member

21 August 2006, 16:59 AEST

Tonga is being encouraged to ignore calls to pull out of the World Trade Organisation.

The nation's gas project with Australia suffers major set back

21 August 2006, 10:56 AEST

The Papua New Guinea to Australia gas project has suffered a major blow after one of the project's developers, AGL announced it would cut back its involvement.

Concern continues over the King's health

21 August 2006, 10:56 AEST

There's still a great deal of concern over the health of Tonga's king, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, who is in an Auckland hospital.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group's role defended

21 August 2006, 10:56 AEST

The Solomon Island's Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Jerry Manele is defending the relevance of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Calls for Australia to speed up processing of asylum seekers

18 August 2006, 15:21 AEST

The Government of Nauru says asylum seekers sent by Australia to the Pacific island nation should be processed quickly and not be left languishing for years.

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