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

RAMSI head dismisses militants' claim

11 May 2005, 15:27 AEST

The Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, James Batley, claims the mission's relationship with the Malaita province is very positive.

Record number of investment approvals

11 May 2005, 11:22 AEST

Fiji is experiencing strong interest from overseas investors, with a record year for investment approvals.

Royals to revive customary council

11 May 2005, 11:22 AEST

The election of the Temaru government in French Polynesia has opened up new debates about economic development and the future political status of the country.

Rescued Kiribati fishermen to go home soon

11 May 2005, 11:22 AEST

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are currently looking at ways to repatriate four Kiribati fishermen who were rescued after being lost at sea for several months.

Australian budget warn of 'fragility' in PNG, Solomons

11 May 2005, 11:22 AEST

Australia's annual budget describes Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands as 'fragile' states.

Increased aid in Australian Budget

11 May 2005, 11:22 AEST

Australian government aid spending for the South Pacific has been announced, as part of the 2005 Budget.

Expatriate Bougainvilleans urged to return

10 May 2005, 14:49 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, former Bougainville Provincial Governor John Momis has challenged expatriate Bougainvilleans to return home and help create a better future for the province.

New MP calls for limit on Prince's powers

10 May 2005, 14:49 AEST

Tonga's former police minister turned pro-reform MP, Clive Edwards, wants the powers of the Kingdom's Crown Prince, Tupoutoa, curtailed.

Chaudhry sceptical of reconciliation bill

10 May 2005, 14:49 AEST

In Fiji, speculation over the details of a proposed Reconciliation and Unity Bill continues this week, with those opposing the initiative claiming it's simply a ruse designed to get coup leaders out of jail.

Business welcomes PICTA talks

10 May 2005, 10:45 AEST

Business leaders in New Caledonia have welcomed moves for the French territory to join PICTA - the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement.

Asylum-seeker may go federal to fight deportation

10 May 2005, 10:45 AEST

Lawyers for a Chinese asylum-seeker are considering using United States civil rights laws to prevent their client from being deported from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Women angered by MPs' snub

10 May 2005, 10:45 AEST

Solomon Islands National Council of Women says the country's politicians made a serious strategic error by not turning up to last week's meeting.

Fono to meek to elect a new leader

9 May 2005, 15:18 AEST

Niue's Fono or Parliament will meet this week to elect a new leader and form a government, after the recent general election.

Somare hints ECP aid may be reconsidered

9 May 2005, 15:18 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has hinted aspects of Australia's new and high-profile aid program in his country may need to be re-negotiated.

Private sector concerns over Pacific Plan

9 May 2005, 15:18 AEST

Private sector development and the particular needs of small nations were at the top of the agenda at Kiribati's national consultation on the Pacific Plan.

New party surprised at by-election win

9 May 2005, 15:18 AEST

Tonga's fledgling Peoples Democratic Party admits it's surprised its candidate won a by-election on the main island of Tongatapu last week.

The rise and rise of the Kina Securities Index

9 May 2005, 12:15 AEST

The Port Moresby stock exchange is again hitting record highs.

Researchers confirm radioactive fallout on Guam

9 May 2005, 12:15 AEST

For the first time, a US research study has confirmed that Guam received measurable radioactive fallout from US nuclear tests at Bikini and Enewetak atolls in the Marshall Islands.

Government defends Sportslotto investigations

9 May 2005, 12:15 AEST

An Australian man who has been prevented from leaving Samoa says he's the victim of a witch-hunt, and is calling on the government to remove the ban at once.

Moves to legalise international adoptions

9 May 2005, 12:15 AEST

American Samoa is in negotiations to legalise international adoptions in an attempt to stop the proliferation of child trafficking.

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