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.


Govt Minister urges ex-Fiji soldiers to leave PNG peacefully

20 December 2005, 16:13 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Government is warning five former Fiji soldiers who are still in Bougainville not to attempt to illegally slip out of the country via Solomon Islands.

Former PM hits the hustings for next years elections

20 December 2005, 11:16 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister who was removed from office in the coup in June 2000, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, has launched his Liberal Party's campaign for the national elections in March.

Minister rejects criticism of WTO deal

20 December 2005, 11:16 AEST

Tonga's Minister of Commerce and Labour, Fred Sevele, has angrily rejected charges that the country is joining the World Trade Organisation under some of the worst conditions ever.

Papuan groups form national coalition

20 December 2005, 11:16 AEST

Organisations campaigning for independence in the Indonesian province of Papua have formed a new umbrella organisation - the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation.

RAMSI reviews work on Weathercoast

19 December 2005, 18:45 AEST

Australia's Justice Minister, Senator Ellison, and the Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, are in Solomon Islands to check up on how the Australian led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, is faring.

Union strikes and blockades over - for now

19 December 2005, 17:06 AEST

A week of strikes and blockades in New Caledonia has ended, after a meeting on Saturday between the French High Commission and the USTKE union confederation.

Loses vital link to outside world

19 December 2005, 17:06 AEST

Nauru 's only passenger jet has been seized by Trustees after a ruling by the Australian High Court.

Nurses strike over pay and working conditions

19 December 2005, 17:06 AEST

Nurses in Papua New Guinea walked off the job this morning despite being told the strike action is illegal and disciplinary action will be taken against those taking part in the stop work.

Ministry continues to dock cash from military chief

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

Fiji's Ministry of Finance is insisting that a surcharge on military commander Frank Bainimarama's salary continue - that's in spite of a High Court ruling on the matter.

legislation reforms planned to address hivaids

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Special Parliamentary Committee on HIV / AIDS has just completed a regional tour of areas worst hit by the disease.

Safe sex message contines to be ignored

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the official number of people living with HIV and AIDS is just under 12,000, but studies estimate that between 60 and 80,000 people are now infected, out of a population of just over five million.

Further reforms needed to sustain economic growth

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

The Solomon Islands economy has largely recovered from the buffeting it received during the worst years of political tension.

Water and sanitation problem for Ambae evacuees

19 December 2005, 13:06 AEST

People who fled a volcanic eruption in Vanuatu are facing strains in water supply and sanitation in three evacuation centres.

Politburo visitor boosts relations with China

16 December 2005, 16:25 AEST

Relations between French Polynesia and the People's Republic of China have received a boost after a visit to Tahiti by a senior member of the Chinese Politburo.

Tongan government dismisses WTO accession concerns

16 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

Tonga's expected acceptance in to the World Trade Organisation has been attacked by Australian NGO Oxfam Australia.

WTO head welcomes 'important' accession

16 December 2005, 14:56 AEST

The Kingdom of Tonga has been admitted to the World Trade Organisation, and is set to become the 150th state to join the grouping and only the fourth Pacific state.

Oceania Olympic Committee membership likely

16 December 2005, 13:20 AEST

The Micronesian Pacific state of Marshall Islands is set to become the 16th member of the Oceania Olympic family.

Ministers lobby Australia for labour mobility scheme

16 December 2005, 12:39 AEST

The Australian government is again fielding calls to introduce a seasonal work program for young Pacific Islanders.

UN Convention against corruption enters into force

16 December 2005, 12:29 AEST

Around the region, community groups are concerned about the growth of corruption amongst their leaders.

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.

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