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.


NGO defends its response to fire in workers' quarters

22 April 2005, 11:40 AEST

A humanitarian organisation in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has defended its actions towards foreign garment workers whose living quarters were destroyed in a fire.

Study finds ammo import ban having an effect

22 April 2005, 11:40 AEST

A 16-month study into gun-running in Papua New Guinea has found restrictions placed on the export of ammunition to PNG from Australia and New Zealand has reduced its availability.

Concerns over plans for government newspaper

22 April 2005, 11:40 AEST

In Vanuatu, private media outlets are demanding to know the source of five million vatu needed to re-establish a government run newspaper.

Business group calls for flexible labour movement

22 April 2005, 11:40 AEST

The Australia-Pacific Business Council has urged the Australian Government to be more sympathetic to proposals that Pacific Islands workers be given access to the Australian labour market.

Government says it will ratify nuclear ban

22 April 2005, 11:40 AEST

Papua New Guinea says it's prepared to sign up to an international treaty, to support efforts to prevent future nuclear tests in the Pacific.

Momis quits national politics after 33 years

21 April 2005, 15:17 AEST

Papua New Guinea is this week marking the retirement of an MP who is one of the country's longest serving politicians and architect of the PNG constitution.

Australian politicians hope to visit asylum seekers

21 April 2005, 15:17 AEST

In recent weeks, there's been renewed debate in Australia about the status of 54 asylum seekers still detained on Nauru under the so-called Pacific Solution policy on refugees.

Police continue investigation into leaked document

21 April 2005, 15:17 AEST

In Fiji, police met with senior managers at Fiji Television on Wednesday, demanding that the broadcaster hand over sensitive documents.

Akaka bill moves closer to Senate debate

21 April 2005, 11:07 AEST

For five years, people in Hawai'i have been debating the Akaka Bill - a piece of US legislation that would formally recognise Native Hawaiians as an indigenous people.

Government, Greenpeace sign renewable energy deal

21 April 2005, 11:07 AEST

The Niue government says it has signed an agreement to work with the environmental organisation Greenpeace on a renewable energy project focussing on solar and wind energy generation.

Police to patrol Kokoda Trail

21 April 2005, 11:07 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, police have announced they will patrol the site of the Kokoda Trail, the now famous track along which allied troops escaped the advancing Japanese in World War 2.

Police raid TV over classified report

20 April 2005, 15:50 AEST

A secret report obtained by Fiji One television has sparked a police raid on the Suva-based broadcaster.

RAMSI to defend itself in High Court

20 April 2005, 15:29 AEST

A lawyer in Solomon Islands is claiming a small victory in his legal campaign against the Regional Intervention Force, or RAMSI.

Government moves to investigate PICTA

20 April 2005, 11:44 AEST

A delegation from the Pacific Islands Forum will visit New Caledonia before the end of June, to discuss whether the French territory can join the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA).

Overseas Niueans call for change to voting laws

20 April 2005, 11:44 AEST

Niueans will go to the polls on April 30 to elect new representatives to their Parliament, or Fono.

Concerns over safety of armed forces chief

19 April 2005, 15:16 AEST

Fiji's Home Affairs Minister has told the country's parliament that Armed Forces Commander Frank Bainimarama is under threat of assassination, and has a four-man bodyguard.

Third sandalwood licence questioned

19 April 2005, 15:16 AEST

The debate over the issuing of the sandalwood licences has added weight to Transparency International's calls for "whistleblower" legislation.

Transparency demands whistleblower legislation

19 April 2005, 15:16 AEST

The corruption watchdog group Transparency International Vanuatu wants the government to introduce so-called "whistleblower" legislation.

Study predicts more nuclear test fallout

19 April 2005, 11:41 AEST

In Marshall Islands, a study has predicted that the number of cases of radiation-related cancer, as a result of the American nuclear testing program in the 1950s, will double.

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