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.


Parliamentary committee critical of Tonga

5 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

A New Zealand parliamentary select committee investigating the country's relations with Tonga is due to issue its report in two weeks.

Work imminent on gas pipeline

5 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

The design of the gas pipeline which is to link Port Moresby with the gas fields of PNG's southern highlands could begin soon, according to the head of oil and gas company Oilsearch.

Disquiet over government logging plan

5 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

Forestry is back in the news in Papua New Guinea, with the government proposing significant changes to legislation that governs the logging industry.

Samoans play important role in RAMSI

5 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

A delegation of Pacific politicians is scheduled to hit Solomon Islands early next week, as part of the Pacific Islands Forum review of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

ACP and EU say too soon to reform constitution

5 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

A joint report by the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries and the European Union has concluded that constitutional reform in Solomon Islands may be premature.

Emperor Mine suffers setbacks

5 May 2005, 11:15 AEST

In Fiji, South African Mining company Durban Roodeport Deep is taking a hammering.

Third set of conjoined twins faces uncertain future

4 May 2005, 15:21 AEST

Another set of conjoined twins has been born at Buka hospital on Papua New Guinea's Bougainville island.

Concerns over creation of coup crimes committee

4 May 2005, 15:21 AEST

The Fiji government has announced the establishment of a reconciliation and unity commission on the May 2000 coup.

Senior public prosecutor calls it a day

4 May 2005, 15:21 AEST

Fiji's deputy-director of public prosecutions, Peter Ridgway, has resigned.

Degree offers Pacific affairs insight

4 May 2005, 12:49 AEST

New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where undergraduates can get a bachelors degree in Pacific studies.

Mining industry told it can help stop HIV-Aids

4 May 2005, 12:49 AEST

Papua New Guinea's mining industry has been told it still has time to arrest the alarming increase in AIDS amongst its workforce.

Australian shadow minister critical of ECP

4 May 2005, 12:49 AEST

Australia's shadow minister for the Pacific islands has criticised the A$850 million Enhanced Co-operation Program to Papua New Guinea, saying it's being forced on PNG from the top down.

Women call for total gun ban

3 May 2005, 15:19 AEST

The National Women's Council in PNG's East Sepik are calling on the government to ban all guns in the country.

Pacific think-tank promotes regional knowledge

3 May 2005, 15:19 AEST

A New Zealand government-backed organisation charged with improving the country's understanding of the Pacific says it's having some success in using the media and schools.

Elections results to be finalised within hours

3 May 2005, 15:19 AEST

Electoral authorities in Niue are today finalising the results of last weekend's election, and chances are it could be resolved by pulling names out of a hat.

Treasurer to loosen work permit restrictions

3 May 2005, 12:53 AEST

The treasurer of PNG has told the annual Australia-Papua New Guinea Business Conference in Cairns that his country's restrictive work permit laws will be rewritten before the end of the year.

Taiwan president to kick off regional tour

2 May 2005, 15:17 AEST

Taiwan's president Chen Shui-bian is this week visiting a number of Pacific Island nations.

Premier Vivian expected to be returned

2 May 2005, 15:16 AEST

Voters in Niue appear to have returned Young Vivian as their Premier, in this weekend's general election.

Minister reassures Australia over ECP

2 May 2005, 15:16 AEST

A prominent member of the Papua New Guinea government has moved to reassure Australia over the future of the Enhanced Cooperation Program.

Commission faces pressure over cheap phone calls

2 May 2005, 15:16 AEST

Fiji's international telecommunications service provider, FINTEL, has announced plans to take action in the High court to challenge new, lower phone charges.

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