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.

Stories

Bougainville road-blocks won't affect election

20 May 2005, 14:25 AEST

In the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, road-blocks by local militants are not expected to affect the autonomous government elections.

Quiet start to voting on Bougainville

20 May 2005, 14:25 AEST

In the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, there's been a quiet start to voting in the Papua New Guinea Province of Bougainville.

Military opposes Reconciliation Bill

19 May 2005, 15:20 AEST

The Fiji Armed Forces have added its voice to mouting opposition to the government's proposed Reconciliation and Unity Bill.

Writer challenges tourist project

19 May 2005, 15:20 AEST

The number of tourists visiting French Polynesia fell by 1.

World Bank pulls out of forestry agreement

19 May 2005, 15:20 AEST

The World Bank has announced the cancellation of a major forestry project in Papua New Guinea, after failing to reach a comprise with the PNG government on several important sections of the agreement.

Did Taiwan's 'dollar diplomacy' buy Nauru?

19 May 2005, 11:38 AEST

Last Saturday, Nauru's President Ludwig Scotty announced that his small Pacific island-nation had broken off diplomatic relations with China and switched allegiance to Taiwan.

Authorities light-up illegal cigarettes

19 May 2005, 11:38 AEST

Tongan authorities have started burning more than 300 packages of illegal cigarettes, in an effort to crack down on fraud and organised crime.

Golf hero returns home - briefly

18 May 2005, 15:39 AEST

Fiji golf fans feel they've been hit with an unfair drop.

Serious food shortages in Temotu Province

18 May 2005, 15:39 AEST

In Solomon Islands, a severe food shortage is continuing to wreak havoc on people of one of the country's most remote communities.

Crisis as King clings to power

18 May 2005, 15:39 AEST

The French territory of Wallis and Futuna is in crisis, following a dispute over the King of Wallis, the Lavelua.

New WTO chief has Pacific backing

18 May 2005, 15:39 AEST

Well, it's all but confirmed: the former European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will be the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Calls for abstention on EU referendum

18 May 2005, 10:52 AEST

A leading independence party in New Caledonia has called on voters to abstain from voting in France's referendum on the European Constitution.

Opposition criical over PNG developments

18 May 2005, 10:52 AEST

The Australian police contingent that's been withdrawn from Papua New Guinea has arrived back in Canberra.

Traditional carvers gather for canoe festival

18 May 2005, 10:52 AEST

Hawaii is this week hosting traditional master canoe carvers from the Pacific region on the Island of Maui for the annual International Festival of Canoes.

Growing popularity of Maori language

18 May 2005, 10:52 AEST

A new dictionary launched in new Zealand yesterday shows what a significant role the Maori language is playing in everyday conversations among New Zealanders.

Details of Taiwan recognition still unclear

17 May 2005, 15:17 AEST

Just what's behind Nauru's sudden switch of its allegiance back to Taiwan three years after having switched the other way and recognised mainland China? At the weekend, Nauru's President Ludwig Scotty visited Taipei and pictures of him and the President of Taiwan toasting each other's countries have appeared in newspapers around the world.

Australian police return following legal wrangle

17 May 2005, 15:17 AEST

One hundred and fifteen Australian police are flying home, today, returning from Papua New Guinea after their mission was found to be unconstitutional.

Women want more say on the regional plan

17 May 2005, 15:17 AEST

Women's organisations across the Pacific are gearing up to make their voice heard on the Pacific Plan - the Pacific Islands Forum's major strategy to accelerate regional co-operation and development.

Eminent Persons Group reviews RAMSI

17 May 2005, 15:17 AEST

A group of senior statesman from the Pacific flew out of Solomon Islands earlier today, after spending a week in the country to review the operations of the Regional Assistance Mission, or RAMSI.

Hospital prepares for heart surgery

17 May 2005, 11:42 AEST

Samoa's health authorities are taking a surgical approach to cut its burgeoning health care costs.

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