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.


Bougainville poll homecoming for Havini

17 May 2005, 11:42 AEST

Voting for Bougainville's autonomous government gets underway this Friday - and one of the independence movement's leading spokesmen is returning to participate in the elections.

Health authorities question Manam death stats

17 May 2005, 11:42 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea's Madang Province have denied media reports that more than 100 displaced Manam Islanders have died in care centres on the mainland.

Australian police to leave on Tuesday

16 May 2005, 16:04 AEST

Around 160 Australian police will leave Port Moresby at 9 AM on Tuesday morning, after a court ruling last week found that their powers and immunity to prosecution had been illegally granted.

'Muster' farewells Australian police

16 May 2005, 16:04 AEST

A "muster", or farewell ceremony, was held in Papua New Guinea today, to mark the end of the Australian police mission to the country, under the auspices of the Enhanced Cooperation Program.

Government wants to resolve PNG impasse

16 May 2005, 16:04 AEST

And Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says he's hopeful negotiations will resolve the legal impasse concerning the presence of the police.

Bougainville illegal weapons concern

16 May 2005, 16:04 AEST

Authorities in PNG fear that the withdrawal of the Australian police - along with other recent developments - may harm the chances of a smooth transition to autonomous government in the province.

Electricity outages as power company struggles

16 May 2005, 11:51 AEST

Residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may face more power outages as the territory's power company struggles to pay its bills.

Health officials target HIV-AIDS hotspots

16 May 2005, 11:51 AEST

With HIV now spiralling out of control in Papua New Guinea, health officials are stepping up their efforts to try to reduce risky behaviour.

Water shortages in outer islands now chronic

16 May 2005, 11:51 AEST

Residents of the cyclone-ravaged islands of Pukapuka and Nassau, in the Cook Islands, have again raised concerns about water shortages which, they fear, could become a major health hazard.

Central Bank logging concerns

16 May 2005, 11:51 AEST

The Solomon Islands Central Bank says a major structural weakness of the Solomon Islands economy is its heavy reliance on log exports.

Court ruling prompts reassessment of aid

16 May 2005, 11:51 AEST

A ruling in Papua New Guinea's highest court last week appears to have put the future of Australia's aid program in some doubt.

PNG decision could affect local action

13 May 2005, 15:35 AEST

Friday's Supreme Court decision in Papua New Guinea to uphold legal objections to the Enhanced Cooperation Program was watched with great interest in Solomon Islands.

Court ruling puts ECP future in doubt

13 May 2005, 14:38 AEST

A ruling by Papua New Guinea's highest court last week appears to have put the future of Australia's aid program in some doubt.

Opposition wants PNG cops on the beat

13 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

Australia's opposition wants to expand the Enhanced Coooperation Program with Papua New Guinea, to include PNG police serving in Australia as well as Australians serving in PNG.

Practical approaches to mental health

13 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

A prominent NGO is making mental health a priority in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Kiribati.

Premier confirmed, new cabinet to be announced

13 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

Young Vivian has been elected for a second term as premier of Niue.

Fiji overstayers fight deportation order

13 May 2005, 11:47 AEST

A two-year old baby boy born to Indo-Fijian parents in Australia is at the centre of a deportation order from the country's department of immigration.

Government cracks down on illegal dot coms

12 May 2005, 15:12 AEST

The Papau New Guinea government has announced it's cracking down on the illegal use of satellite services in the country.

Green light to re-open Gold Ridge Mine

12 May 2005, 15:12 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has given the final approvals for the re-opening of the Gold Ridge Mine, which was closed back in June 2000 as a result of ethnic tension and unrest.

Bougainville Copper considers assets' future

12 May 2005, 8:03 AEST

The company that owns Bougainville's defunct copper mine says it's ready to begin talks with the province's soon-to-be elected autonomous government about the company's future on the island.

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