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

Deportation row over 11-year-old escalates

14 April 2005, 15:02 AEST

The daughter of the woman at the centre of a deportation row in Fiji is fighting to remain in the country.

Uncertainty over status of ailing MP

14 April 2005, 15:02 AEST

When Tuvalu's eligible voters next go to the polls, will it be for a by-election or a general election? The answer to that question seems to be anyone's guess.

New political party to focus on democracy

14 April 2005, 12:00 AEST

A new political party is to be officially founded in Tonga on Friday.

Little interest in EU Constitution vote

14 April 2005, 12:00 AEST

At the end of May, French citizens will vote in a referendum on the European Constitution.

Corruption concerns over Manila medical link-up

14 April 2005, 12:00 AEST

Medical centres in the US Pacific state of Hawaii could see a substantial reduction in the number of patients they receive from the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

Ganilau party to focus on multiracialism

14 April 2005, 12:00 AEST

A new party has been formed in Fiji by an influential former Army commander.

Indian diplomat's four-generation Pacific relationship

14 April 2005, 12:00 AEST

India's new High Commissioner to Fiji, Ajay Singh, has made history.

New pro-democracy party formed

13 April 2005, 15:10 AEST

A new political party is to be officially founded in Tonga on Friday.

Lawyer says sodomy laws are 'unconstitutional'

13 April 2005, 15:10 AEST

The lawyer acting for one of the men convicted of sodomy in Fiji last week says the country's anti-homosexuality laws are unconstitutional, and should be scrapped.

Two men charged under sodomy law appeal sentence

13 April 2005, 10:48 AEST

The two men who have been found guilty in the Fiji Magistrates Court for breaches of the country's sodomy laws are appealing against their sentence.

OFC meeting to decide on Australia's defection

13 April 2005, 10:48 AEST

A meeting of the Oceania Football Confederation on Saturday is set to consider whether to endorse Australia's decision to move the Asia grouping of the international football federation FIFA.

Aussies accused of creating Bougainville instability

13 April 2005, 10:48 AEST

The deputy governor of the PNG province of Bougainville has accused some Australian nationals of creating political instability and trying to derail the peace process on the Island.

Houses burn for want of a hose

13 April 2005, 10:48 AEST

The residents of Ebeye Island in the Marshall Islands are cleaning up after a fire destroyed homes and public buildings and displaced dozens of people.

Morobe governor calls for scrapping of ECP

13 April 2005, 10:48 AEST

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Morobe province says PNG should cut ties and scrap bilateral arrangements with Australia - and that includes the A$ 800 million Enhanced Co-operation Program.

New commissioner discusses appointment

13 April 2005, 10:48 AEST

A member of Australia's federal police was sworn is as Solomon Islands' new police commissioner on Tuesday.

Chinese national dubbed 'mafia queen' deported

12 April 2005, 15:06 AEST

In Fiji, a deportation case which has all the ingredients of a best-selling mystery novel has caught the imagination of the entire nation.

New lands minister says no rift in coalition

12 April 2005, 15:06 AEST

Fiji's new lands minister is denying reports of a rift between the ruling SDL Party and its junior coalition partner, the Conservative Alliance.

NGO objection to gay jailing

12 April 2005, 12:30 AEST

An Australian gay and lesbian rights lobby group is objecting to the jailing of two men under Fiji's sodomy laws.

Concerns polygamy could increase AIDS deaths

12 April 2005, 12:30 AEST

A Papua New Guinea health official has warned the practice of polygamy could result in entire families being decimated by HIV-AIDS.

Parliamentary bill to change national day

12 April 2005, 12:30 AEST

A bill to change New Zealand's national day from Waitangi day to a new holiday called New Zealand Day has been introduced into Parliament.

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