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.


Mixed reports on success of stay-home protest

1 May 2007, 16:27 AEST

There are conflicting reports from Fiji about the results of a stay home from work protest against the military-installed interim government.

election could determine nuclear compensation

1 May 2007, 16:26 AEST

It's 11 years since the French stopped nuclear testing in the South Pacific on the French Polynesian atoll of Mururoa.

Queens Council fears for his safety

1 May 2007, 16:26 AEST

The case against Fiji's interim government by the deposed prime minister and his SDL party has again been adjourned until next month after issues of safety were raised.

VANUATU:new tourist online TV site

1 May 2007, 16:25 AEST

If you are a fan of the internet, and online technology, then video streaming websites like "Youtube" or "My Space" are no mystery.

Rugby Referee appointed to 3rd World Cup

1 May 2007, 13:38 AEST

Umpires and referees may be the least appreciated part of world sport but as they say the game simply just wouldn't be the same without them.

OCO Customs organisations discuss issues.

1 May 2007, 11:10 AEST

Customs organisations are meeting in Solomon Islands this week to discuss money laundering, transnational crime, terrorism and tighter border control.

PNG:New 18 billion Kina gas plant announced

30 April 2007, 16:42 AEST

One of the newer players in the Papua New Guinea oil industry has announced plans for a liquid natural gas pipeline and processing plant worth a staggering 18 billion kina or around 6 billion US dollars.

ACP ministers discuss future of Fiji's sugar industry

30 April 2007, 16:22 AEST

Fiji's sugar industry comes under the microscope this week as ministers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific group meet in Nadi.

Foreign Minister rules out lifting Fiji travel bans

30 April 2007, 16:17 AEST

A short while ago Campbell Cooney caught up with Australia'sForeign Minister Alexander Downer.

call for Australia to lift travel ban

30 April 2007, 16:16 AEST

In Fiji business groups are calling on the Australian government to rethink its smart sanctions.

Deposed PM will run for parliament

30 April 2007, 16:12 AEST

Fiji's deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase has announced he will run for parliament if the elections are held within the next two years.

May Day protest has historical precendents

30 April 2007, 12:15 AEST

The stay home from work protest against the interim government which has been called by cyber-activists in Fiji is the latest in a tradition of passive resistance in Fiji, according to a New Zealand based academic.

Trade Disputes Panel struggling.

30 April 2007, 12:13 AEST

The Solomon Islands industrial tribunal is struggling with its heavy case load because of a shortage of staff.

US Tongan leader appointed to lead reconciliation effort

30 April 2007, 12:12 AEST

A prominent Tongan community leader from the United States has been appointed as a special adviser on reconciliation in the prime minister's office.

launch of new regional TV Drama

30 April 2007, 12:11 AEST

A new television drama series has been launched in Solomon Islands.

Regions ministers discuss smart energy

27 April 2007, 15:38 AEST

More than 50 of the regions experts are gathered in Cook Islands to discuss the energy crisis and its sustainable development.

PNG:malaria outbreak kills 14

27 April 2007, 15:36 AEST

Global warming is being blamed for an outbreak of malaria in Papua New Guinea, which has claimed 14 lives.

NZ & Australia criticised for low aid levels

27 April 2007, 12:06 AEST

New Zealand is being criticised as miserly over its low level of international aid.

More Aussies investing in Solomons

27 April 2007, 12:04 AEST

The diplomatic stoush between Canberra and Honiara has not affected foreign investment in Solomon Islands.

Tobacco Bill to control smoking problem.

27 April 2007, 11:34 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is moving to curb growing health problems associated with smoking.

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