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 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.

Minister calls for airport security review

12 May 2005, 8:03 AEST

The government of Papua New Guinea appears to be considering a major overhaul of security procedures in the country's international and domestic airports.

New Goro environmental study

12 May 2005, 8:03 AEST

The head of New Caledonia's southern Province has announced a new environmental impact study for the troubled Goro Nickel project run by the Canadian corporation Inco.

Concerns over ex-police recruitment

12 May 2005, 8:03 AEST

Vanuatu's police commissioner says he's sceptical about a private security form which is recruiting police for work overseas.

Nonu farmers double export earnings

12 May 2005, 8:03 AEST

The production of nonu juice in Samoa has pushed fresh fish into second place to become the country's top export in the first part of this year.

Fiji-Vanuatu trade war continues

11 May 2005, 15:27 AEST

Fiji and Vanuatu's trade war over biscuits appears to be continuing unabated.

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.

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