Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Court says English law does apply to island

25 May 2005, 12:20 AEST

The Supreme Court of Pitcairn Island has today rejected the defence of six islander men, who had been convicted of sexual assault.

French Territories move towards Euro

25 May 2005, 12:16 AEST

New Caledonia's Congress is to discuss plans to adopt the European currency, the Euro, in the French Pacific territory.

Law society divides over ownership rules

25 May 2005, 12:16 AEST

Members of the Papua New Guinea Law Society are deeply divided over proposals to force all law firms operating in the country to be at least 60 per cent owned by Papua New Guineans.

Inquiry continues into vanished plane

24 May 2005, 15:52 AEST

On 23 May 2002, a plane disappeared off the radar screen in French Polynesia.

Australian high commissioner discusses ECP future

24 May 2005, 15:52 AEST

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu is set to visit Canberra later this week, to meet with his Australian counterpart, Alexander Downer.

Wanted gunman shoots at police

24 May 2005, 15:52 AEST

A man wanted by police in Solomon Islands has shot at members of the international participating police force while they were on patrol in North Malaita.

Academic assesses relationship with Australia

24 May 2005, 11:41 AEST

A trailblazer in Pacific academia, Professor Maeve O'Collins, is in the Australian city of Melbourne at the moment for a series of lectures.

New route for Pacific Blue

24 May 2005, 11:41 AEST

Pacific Blue, a subsidiary of Australian airline Virgin Blue, is to launch a new route flying from Sydney to Nadi, with its first service on June 27.

Documents reveal nuclear fallout

23 May 2005, 15:54 AEST

In July 1966, the first atmospheric nuclear test was held at Moruroa atoll in French Polynesia.

Fears young girls are being traded for guns

23 May 2005, 15:14 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, there are today new allegations suggesting young women are being used as pawns in the gun trade.

Sasako says EU forced him out of ACP

23 May 2005, 15:14 AEST

Solomon islands MP Alfred Sasako in a press statement delivered yesterday to the Solomons Star newspaper says he was forced by the EU to resign.

Public service super fund makes comeback

23 May 2005, 14:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's public officers superannuation fund has made an exceptional recovery after years of mismanagement.

How rabbits may save endangered kangaroo

23 May 2005, 14:04 AEST

In the remote Torricelli Mountains of Papua New Guinea's West Sepik or Sandaun Province, efforts to save one of the world's most endangered species - the Tenkile or Scott's Tree Kangaroo - appear to be having some success.

Anger over Australian opposition court claims

23 May 2005, 14:04 AEST

Recent comments by Australia's opposition leader, Kim Beazley, suggesting a recent court decision amounted to "payback" against Australia have caused anger in Papua New Guinea.

Mud crab export hinges on transport

23 May 2005, 14:04 AEST

The government of the Federated States of Micronesia is attempting to satisfy the hunger of seafood lovers in Guam.

Voting continues in Bougainville

23 May 2005, 14:04 AEST

The people of Bougainville went to the polls last Friday, the first day of about two weeks' of voting for the historic election for the province's first autonomous government.

Calls to reject EPA talks with Europe

23 May 2005, 14:04 AEST

A report prepared for the World Council of Churches Pacific Office has called on the Pacific Islands to reject the Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe, saying it will leave the region worse off than before.

Drop in Asian tourist numbers

20 May 2005, 14:25 AEST

Figures have emerged indicating a decline in the number of airline passengers visiting the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and neighbouring Guam.

Fish listen out for quality reefs

20 May 2005, 14:25 AEST

Do fish have ears? Well, yes they do, and as juvenile fish they use them to find a good reef to settle on.

Hot-mail at volcano post-box

20 May 2005, 14:25 AEST

Well, you've heard of Vanuatu's underwater post-office, where divers can dip in and mail a letter.

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