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.


Labour mobility to be raised at Australian meeting

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

The controversial issue of labour mobility is expected to dominate the annual Australia-PNG ministerial forum, which will be held on Friday on Australia's Gold Coast.

Emergency services prepared for tsunami alert

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

The head of Fiji's Disaster Management Committee says he's happy with the way in which the country's tsunami warning procedures are working.

ABC to launch new Pacific TV service

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

The Asia Pacific Television service of the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation is to launch a new service in January, specifically for its Pacific Island viewers.

Vernacular booklet to explain UN convention

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

An innovative little booklet on a UN Convention for women in the Tongan language is set to be launched on Friday in the country's capital, Nuku'alofa.

PNG swimmers in shape for Games build-up

15 December 2005, 15:02 AEST

The endless hours of lap swimming, chasing a black line and gulping back litres of chlorinated water are about to pay off for Papua New Guinea's small but talented swimming team.

Tuna Commission continues debate on compliance

15 December 2005, 15:02 AEST

The region's new Tuna Commission is continuing work at its second meeting in the Federated States of Micronesia, with compliance issues still the hottest items on the agenda.

More calls for Australian labour mobility scheme

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

One of Australia's leading business figures has called on the country's Prime Minister, John Howard, to reverse his opposition to temporary labour schemes involving Pacific islanders.

Pastor throws support behind US Televangelist

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

A Fijian pastor has defended the upcoming visit of US televangelist Benny Hinn to the country, following the controversy over the banning of another religious leader.

Maori up in arms over Israeli cigarette brand

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

Until recently, smokers in Israel were been urged to relax and light-up with the sultry taste of the "Maori Mix".

Prosperity the key to youth development

15 December 2005, 12:00 AEST

Promoting sustainable lifestyles should lie at the foundation of the relationship between Pacific governments and young people.

Tongan church hall burnt down in Sydney

14 December 2005, 16:03 AEST

A Tongan church hall in Sydney was burned to the ground on Tuesday night, in an attack which could be linked to recent race riots.

Fears former militia could derail by-election

14 December 2005, 15:17 AEST

Authorities in Bougainville fear demands by former militia members for a payment of 10 million kina could jeopardise a by-election scheduled for next month.

Government examines value-added tax

14 December 2005, 15:14 AEST

Just three months away from a national election, the Solomon Islands Government has launched a debate on whether it should introduce a value-added tax.

Radar reveals a casket fit for kings

14 December 2005, 13:13 AEST

A long-lost casket buried by Hawaii's King Kamehameha V in 1872 has been found, using modern ground penetrating radar.

Tackling racial tension among students

14 December 2005, 13:13 AEST

Racial tension is nothing new to the Pacific - recent events in Fiji and Solomon Islands prove the region isn't immune to the problem.

Confidence new airline will boost tourism

14 December 2005, 13:13 AEST

Tonga's new domestic airline - Airlines Tonga - believes it will have a dramatic impact on the country's tourism industry, boosting tourist numbers by 30 per cent in the next two years.

Solomons, PNG to protect leatherback turtle

14 December 2005, 13:13 AEST

At least three countries in East Asia Pacific region will benefit from a five-year marine conservation project, aimed at protecting declining numbers of leatherback turtles at sea.

Australian court rules against landowners

13 December 2005, 15:42 AEST

The Government of Nauru has won a favourable ruling from the Federal Court of Australia in a class-action brought by Nauru landowners.

Still no solution to Fiji mercenary impasse

13 December 2005, 15:26 AEST

The saga of the former Fiji military on Bougainville is continuing this week, amid reports six of the eight remaining men are refusing to leave the island.

Methodists won't oppose visit of US televangelist

13 December 2005, 13:47 AEST

Fiji's influential Methodist Church has decided not to oppose next month's visit to the country of United States televangelist Benny Hinn.

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