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.


Civil servants may strike again

24 October 2005, 15:19 AEST

Tonga's civil servants are considering the possibility of staging a second national strike.

Forum leaders gather in PNG

24 October 2005, 10:00 AEST

The annual summit of the South Pacific convenes next week with Island leaders pressing to get special access to Australia for their unskilled workers.

NGOs want alternative to free trade

24 October 2005, 10:00 AEST

Finding alternatives to the 'free trade' agenda in the Pacific is the task set by a group of over 30 Australian and New Zealand non-government organisations who met in Sydney late last week.

Funding for Beef exports to Europe

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

The Port Vila-based company, Vanuatu Abbatoirs, has won funding to help its beef win approval for export to Europe.

Delegation Tahiti-bound for Bounty remembrance

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

The spirit of the infamous English mutineer Fletcher Christian will be with a delegation from the Australian Pacific territory of Norfolk Island this weekend, as it boards a plane for French Polynesia.

Public anger against bills increases

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, public anger against two controversial bills which are to be debated in parliament next week is gathering momentum.

Democracy protestor rejects reform committee idea

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

Moves to set up a committee to hear submissions on democratic change in Tonga have been rejected out of hand by the man who has staged protests outside Parliament all this week.

Leaked report slams vice chancellor

21 October 2005, 9:56 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a report leaked to the press alleges the University of P-N-G Vice-Chancellor mishandled student grievances.

Regional Trade wars raise questions over greater integration

20 October 2005, 16:13 AEST

The resolution of two, separate trade disputes among Pacific countries in recent weeks appears to have given hope to those arguing for trade liberalisation in the region.

Tuvatu gold project sold to Alcaston Mining

20 October 2005, 16:13 AEST

To Fiji now, where the sale of Emperor Gold Mines Tuvatu gold project has introduced a new force into the ranks of Pacific Gold mining companies.

Mt Garbuna erupts after 1800 years of dormancy

20 October 2005, 16:13 AEST

Emergency and disaster management authorities in Papua New Guinea's West New Britain Province have been urged to prepare a contingency plan following the eruption of Mt Garbuna volcano early this week.

King agrees to political reform committee

20 October 2005, 16:13 AEST

Tonga's King has agreed to the setting up of a national committee on political reform.

Govt plans to address maternal and infant mortality rate

20 October 2005, 10:15 AEST

Health authorities in Solomon Islands say they are doing their best to reduce the high maternal and infant mortality rate in the country.

TUVALU:Wins prize for Aust company

20 October 2005, 10:15 AEST

The construction of the new government offices in Tuvalu has won the company that managed the project the North Queensland exporter of the Year award.

Claims country's security put at risk by foreign appointments

19 October 2005, 15:24 AEST

A former Papua New Guinea defence commander claims Australians are being improperly employed in the highly sensitive areas of intelligence and security.

Remittances overtake tourism as money-earner

19 October 2005, 15:24 AEST

Fiji citizens working overseas are estimated to have sent home more than 262 million US dollars, which is higher than the amount of money the country makes from tourism.

Controversial new Foreign Minister Winston Peters sworn in

19 October 2005, 15:24 AEST

New Zealand's controversial new Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has been sworn in this afternoon as part of the country's new Government.

World Conservation Union opens Fiji office

19 October 2005, 10:04 AEST

One of the world's largest conservation organisations has opened an Oceania regional office in Fiji.

Australian police return, without immunity

19 October 2005, 10:04 AEST

Australian police are to return to Papua New Guinea, less than six months after they were unceremoniously ordered back home by the Australian government.

Global Fund urges Governments to tackle regional health risks

19 October 2005, 10:04 AEST

Faced with a large gap between spending and pledges of support, the head of the Geneva-based Global Fund has been visiting the Asia-Pacific to drum up donations.

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