Geraldine Coutts

Geraldine Coutts

Geraldine Coutts

Geraldine Coutts


Geraldine is a respected voice in the Pacific and brings an understanding of regional issues important to Radio Australia’s audience in the region. For the past ten years she’s produced and presented the current affairs program, Pacific Beat. She was born and raised in Melbourne – one of the world’s most liveable cities.


Pacific Climate Manager says end of carbon tax a "sad day"

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:50 AEST

Peter Emberson, Climate Change manager for the Pacific Council of Churches says Australia's decision today to repeal the carbon tax is a sad day for the Pacific.

Concerns over condom use in PNG

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:46 AEST

The AIDS 2014 conference is happening in Melbourne next week and ahead of the conference CARE PNG is focusing on the ability for women to say no to unprotected sex.

PNG's high performance centre opens its doors to athletes

Updated 17 July 2014, 17:46 AEST

It has taken some time but Papua New Guinea's high performance centre for elite athletes is now open for business.

Charges expected after Vanuatu ferry sinking

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:10 AEST

An overloaded passenger ferry only took a minute to sink to a depth of 350 metres in Vanuatu in the early hours of this morning.

PNG leaders need to set better example, says former attorney general

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:18 AEST

PNG's sacked attorney-general says the current round of court actions are unprecedented and the leadership needs to set a better example.

Indonesian presidential poll goes down to the wire

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Millions of Indonesians are going to the polls today to elect a new president, paving the way for the first handover of power from one directly elected president to another.

Sacked PNG anti-corruption chair applauds court decision

Updated 3 July 2014, 12:38 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the sacked chairman of the now disbanded anti-corruption TaskForce Sweep, Sam Koim has welcomed the court decision upholding an arrest warrant against the prime minister.

PNG Prime Minister arrest warrant upheld

Updated 1 July 2014, 16:20 AEST

A court in Papua New Guinea has dismissed an attempt to stop an arrest warrant against the Prime Minister.

Bougainville prepares for constitutional review

Updated 1 July 2014, 16:18 AEST

The long overdue review of the Bougainville constitution is scheduled to take place this year.

Injured Manus asylum seeker sues Australian government

Updated 1 July 2014, 16:17 AEST

An asylum seeker who suffered serious injuries in the Manus Island riots in February has taken legal action against the Australian government and security firm G4S.

Leaky tap

Port Moresby residents warned to conserve water

Updated 25 June 2014, 14:23 AEST

Residents of Port Moresby are being encouraged to use water wisely as the main dam supplying the city is down to 50% capacity.

Protesters defy police in Port Moresby

Updated 24 June 2014, 18:31 AEST

Protesters in Papua New Guinea have defied a police ban and staged a demonstration in Port Moresby over corruption allegations against the country's Prime Minister.

Oz Foreign Minister meets PNG's former corruption investigator

Updated 24 June 2014, 18:27 AEST

Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister is to register her government's concerns about the political turmoil in Papua New Guinea with the PNG government.

Arrest Warrant served on PNG Prime Minister

Updated 16 June 2014, 18:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has been served an arrest warrant in relation to a fraud case by the country's anti-corruption body.

Closure of Solomon Islands evacuation centres delayed

Updated 16 June 2014, 18:05 AEST

Solomon Islands disaster officials have delayed plans to close the remaining evacuation centres which were opened after the April floods.

Debate continues over PNG's Sovereign Wealth Fund

Updated 16 June 2014, 18:04 AEST

Debate over PNG's Sovereign Wealth Fund continues even though the first shipment of liquefied natural gas has been delivered to Japan.

Fiji tipped to beat Italy in bruising encounter

Updated 9 June 2014, 7:16 AEST

The Flying Fijians make their entry into the Pacific Nations Cup against Tonga next weekend, but first they take on Six Nations side Italy in Suva in a Test match.

PNG constitutional changes causing concern

Updated 6 June 2014, 17:15 AEST

Two changes to Papua New Guinea's constitution are causing a lot of concern in the Pacific nation.

Xray of bag containing smuggled methamphetamine - Australian Customs

UN warns Pacific about increased drug smuggling

Updated 6 June 2014, 13:11 AEST

The message to the Pacific from the UN's Drug expert is watch your borders and tighten your controls.

PNG PM on gas, controlling the Kina and no confidence motions

Updated 5 June 2014, 17:15 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has just returned from a trip to Japan.

NZ Labour says John Key is telling Immigration policy "porkies" to the Pacific

Updated 5 June 2014, 17:11 AEST

New Zealand's national government is being accused of telling "porkies" and scaremongering by claiming the country's Labour Party wants to reign in immigration.

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