Campbell Cooney

Campbell Cooney

Campbell Cooney

Campbell Cooney


Raised in Western Queensland, Campbell joined the ABC in 1997, and has reported on rural issues, mining, politics and sport, before taking responsibility for the Pacific. He’s covered coups in Fiji, elections in Papua New Guinea and tsunamis in Solomon Islands and Samoa. Campbell reports for both radio and television.


Atoll nations take united stand on climate

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:12 AEST

Four of the smallest coral atoll nations in the world have agreed to form a united front when taking part in in negotiations and summits on climate change.

Civil society groups warned to be careful of playing too much politics

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:20 AEST

It's rare these days to hear a debate on a local or national issue, without also hearing the opinion of a civil society group, or a non-government organisation.

C20 attendees told to adopt technology

Updated 24 June 2014, 18:10 AEST

One of the world's leading communications experts says civil society, and citizens everywhere, must start using modern technology if they want to be effective in business and as a watchdog over their leaders.

Indonesian president motivated by his own agenda

Updated 20 June 2014, 13:34 AEST

The second summit of Fiji's Pacific Island Development Forum has begun, with guest of honour Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono giving the opening address.

Diarrhoea outbreak in Solomons killing children

Updated 4 June 2014, 17:07 AEST

Solomon Islands health officials are racing to control a national outbreak of diarrhoea, that so far has killed at least 16 children.

Fiji lays down conditions for return to Pacific Islands Forum

Updated 29 April 2014, 12:08 AEST

Fiji has told the Pacific Islands' Forum it will only consider rejoining if Australia and New Zealand quit the regional grouping.

Papua New Guinea doctors upset WHO over medicine supplier support

Updated 24 April 2014, 18:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea's doctor's association has upset the World Health Organisation with its public support of a controversial medical supply contract.

Maori Malay Polynesian University floated for NZ

Updated 3 April 2014, 18:46 AEST

New Zealand's Pacific Islander, Maori and Malaysian populations may soon have a university dedicated solely to teaching the history and traditions of their three cultures.

Complaints arise as campaigning starts in Fiji

Updated 1 April 2014, 19:51 AEST

The coalition of Fiji political parties, which will be campaigning in the September election, has filed a complaint against the country's interim prime minister, saying he has breached the country's election decree enacted by his military-backed regime.

Fiji welcomes the end of 'ineffective' sanctions

Updated 1 April 2014, 11:14 AEST

The Fiji Government has welcomed the decisions by New Zealand and Australia to lift all sanctions on the military government.

Manus landowners say reports of what happened spread quickly

Updated 18 February 2014, 18:37 AEST

While there's still uncertainty and lots of unconfirmed reports being presented by politicians and officials about what happened at the Manus Islands centre last night, on the island itself the news has spread like wildfire, with locals employed there sharing their experiences from last night.

Moves to eradicate Mynas in Cook Islands

Updated 3 January 2014, 18:51 AEST

A small island in the Pacific is hoping to be the first place in the world to declare itself totally free of the invasive Myna bird.

McCain uses Palau to raise China concerns

Updated 30 December 2013, 18:30 AEST

Former US Presidential candidate John McCain has criticised China over its decision to enforce flight restrictions over parts of the East China Sea which is the subject of a dispute with JapanSenator McCain is in Palua for the Christmas vacation, a destination he regularly visits with his family.

Aid and women's issues focus of Australian Pacific delegation

Updated 18 December 2013, 14:10 AEST

An Australian parliamentary delegation leaves Solomon Islands for Nauru today.

Police union expresses concern over PNG deployment

Updated 4 November 2013, 14:33 AEST

The first of 50 officers from the Australian Federal Police force are beginning patrols in Papua New Guinea today.

More intimidation allegations against Solomon Islands' PM Darcy Lillo

Updated 17 October 2013, 19:56 AEST

Pacific Beat has heard allegations that the head of the Solomon Islands Anti-Corruption network Barnabas Henson had been forced to resign from his job at a private company due to political pressure.

Solomons' parliament withdraws political integrity bill

Updated 8 October 2013, 18:39 AEST

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Gordon Darcy Lillo has withdrawn a political integrity bill, which would help limit party hopping by the country's MPs.

NZ aid agencies to unite in natural disaster response in Pacific

Updated 7 October 2013, 17:58 AEST

Seven New Zealand aid and development agencies have formed an alliance to deal with natural disasters around the region.

Going organic gets a boost in the Pacific

Updated 2 October 2013, 13:24 AEST

When it comes to food production there is a big push for producers and consumers to go organic.

'Fashion in paradise' - Fiji's regional showcase

Updated 2 October 2013, 9:24 AEST

Fiji Fashion Week opens tomorrow night, showcasing the designs, the colours and the flavours of the Pacific.

Betelnut ban in Port Moresby yet to bite

Updated 2 October 2013, 9:23 AEST

A ban on the sale of betel nut came into force in Port Moresby yesterday.

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