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.


Pacifc-EU economic partnership on track

22 March 2006, 13:49 AEDT

The race is on in the Pacific to put in place a new economic partnership agreement with the European Union.

New laws to stem illegal migrants

22 March 2006, 13:49 AEDT

Marshall Islands has stepped up measures to tighten its immigration and labour laws in an effort to address increasing problems of illegal immigrants.

Author defends island country against corruption claims

22 March 2006, 13:49 AEDT

A British author and lawyer who spent several years in Tuvalu has defended the island country against accusations of corruption regularly made by outside groups.

Leadership Code Commission ruling ousts Sasako

21 March 2006, 16:25 AEDT

In Solomon Islands former Member of Parliament for East Kwaio, Alfred Sasako has been sacked as the caretaker minister for infrastructure development, reportedly for accusing Australia and Tawan of meddling in his country's internal affairs.

University Vice Chancellor under pressure to resign

21 March 2006, 16:25 AEDT

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea is standing his ground despite calls for him to quit.

Nation celebrates Pini's gold

21 March 2006, 16:25 AEDT

Ryan Pini's win has sent everyone in Papua New Guinea into a spin including the country's prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, who was the first to send him a congratulatory message.

Pini family, coach, proud of their hero

21 March 2006, 16:25 AEDT

The celebrations haven't stopped since Papua New Guinea's Ryan Pini claimed a momentous victory for the Pacific nation.

China trade meet to sign new economic agreement

21 March 2006, 11:28 AEDT

In a fortnight's time, the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao will travel to Fiji to open an Economic and Trade Forum with Pacific Island leaders and trade ministers.

Bougainville president warns against retaliatory action

20 March 2006, 16:23 AEDT

Two of Noah Musingku's so-called foreign advisors are now in jail after they were arrested last week in Buka and sent packing on a plane for Port Moresby.

Musingku defends 'military training through Christian principles'

20 March 2006, 16:23 AEDT

In the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, the activities of businessman and self-proclaimed king, Noah Musingku, are stirring growing fears about the propect of another civil war.

Government hits back with censure motion

20 March 2006, 15:53 AEDT

The Vanuatu government says it's given notice of a motion of censure against the Opposition that, if passed, would ban leading Opposition Members from attending any parliamentary session for the rest of the year.

Fears Musingku could lead Bougainville into war

20 March 2006, 10:57 AEDT

There are fears that Papua New Guinea's autonomous region of Bougainville is heading towards another civil war.

New campaign to raise awareness of bird flu

20 March 2006, 10:57 AEDT

As the threat of a bird flu pandemic continues to worry health experts, authorities in New Zealand are taking steps to raise public awareness about the disease.

Tombs investigated by new archaeological techniques

20 March 2006, 10:57 AEDT

New technology which lets archaeologists see through the ground without having to dig is being used to recover the secrets of Tonga's ancient terraced tombs.

Melanesian Spearhead Group agrees action plan on illegal movement

20 March 2006, 10:57 AEDT

The Melanesian Spearhead Group of countries has agreed on a plan to stop the illegal movement of non MSG citizens through their region.

Australian senate inquiry into Pacific labour begins

20 March 2006, 10:46 AEDT

An Australian Senate Inquiry into the possibility of Australia's establishing a scheme to allow short-term entry for Pacific Island workers in agricultural industries begins hearings today.

Women weightlifters gear up for Games

17 March 2006, 16:44 AEDT

A heavyweight sisterhood is set to make a big impact at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games next week.

Table tennis development on track, despite poor Games showing

17 March 2006, 16:44 AEDT

To the Commonwealth Games now, and it's been a disappointing day for Fiji's table tennis team, with Singapore, Malaysia, India and Canada inflicting a number of decisive defeats on the islanders.

MPs subject to strict moral code

17 March 2006, 16:44 AEDT

Solomon Islanders aspiring to high political office will be expected to be on their best behaviour when it comes to personal relationships, especially if they're married.

Bougainville authorities welcome foreigner arrests

17 March 2006, 16:44 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's foreign minister has welcomed the arrest of two foreigners who'd been living illegally in Bougainville for the past two years.

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