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.


Forest owners want injunction on Malaysian company

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

A number of timber owner groups in Papua New Guinea's Sandaun Province are pleading with the National Forest Authority to step in and stop a foreign logging company from operating in their forests.

Military steps up pressure on 'racial' policies

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

Fiji's military chief, Frank Bainimarama, has threatened to take over the running of the country if the government continues with 'racial' policies.

Sir William funeral preparations underway

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

Preparations continue today for the funeral of Sir William Skate, the former prime minister of Papua New Guinea who died last Tuesday.

Support for 'environmental refugee' plan

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

The issue of creating a special category for 'environmental refugees' has again found its way into the press.

Last minute reprieve for struggling college

10 January 2006, 10:32 AEST

The struggling College of the Marshall Islands, in the country's capital Majuro, has been offered a reprieve, after the government approved US$25 million in funding to rebuild and develop the school.

Australian opposition warns of 'environmental refugees'

6 January 2006, 18:54 AEST

Australia's opposition Labor Party has challenged the country's government to offer the people of Pacific states hospitality if, or when, they become 'environmental refugees'.

New administration caught up in Abramoff controversy

6 January 2006, 18:54 AEST

In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the new administration of governor-elect Benigno Fitial is to be sworn in on Monday.

Tributes continue after death of Sir William Skate

5 January 2006, 14:48 AEST

Sir William Jack Skate, former Prime Minister and Governor General of Papua New Guinea, died in an Australia hospital on Tuesday morning after a short illness.

Triathlon team heading for Commonwealth Games

5 January 2006, 14:48 AEST

There will be a new country fronting up to the starting line for the Men's Triathlon at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

2005 political rollercoaster between three political figures

23 December 2005, 14:15 AEST

2006 is an election year in Fiji, when political issues which have dominated the headlines this year will be put to the test at the polls.

Rising numbers of people living with HIV

23 December 2005, 10:23 AEST

As in other countries in the Pacific, there are growing numbers of people in French Polynesia living with HIV and AIDS.

Workers receive New Year wage rise

23 December 2005, 10:23 AEST

At this time of year, everyone likes a bit extra in the pay packet to cope with the cost of Christmas festivities.

Special police operation to ensure peaceful Christmas

23 December 2005, 10:23 AEST

Police in Port Moresby city have embarked on a special operation, to promote peaceful and troublefree celebrations, in the coming festive season.

Palm Oil production set to resume in former trouble spot

23 December 2005, 10:23 AEST

Economic activity is returning to Solomon Islands and one of the most impressive scenes of activity is along the Guadalcanal Plains Road east of Honiara.

Fuel bill is paid and the lights come back on

22 December 2005, 15:43 AEST

The electricity crisis in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is over, for now.

Help needed to resettle those affected by sea level rise

22 December 2005, 15:43 AEST

Papua New Guinea has urged industrialised countries to assist with the resettlement of people being affected by rising sea levels caused by global warming.

RAMSI coordinator reflects on 2005

22 December 2005, 15:43 AEST

The Australian led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands is now two and a half years old.

Air Nauru appeal to lease back plane turned down

22 December 2005, 11:06 AEST

Air Nauru's hopes of regaining its only aircraft were dashed today when U-S Eport Import Bank refused the government's offer to take out a short term lease.

Investigation into alleged 2000 plot to bomb airport

22 December 2005, 10:56 AEST

In Fiji police have opened new investigations into plans to bomb Nadi airport during the 2000 coup.

Family lodges damages claim for death of Tongan detainee

22 December 2005, 10:56 AEST

Today is the fifth anniversary of the death of Tongan Viliami Tanginoa in Melbourne's Maribyrnong Detention Centre.

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