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

Oceania green light to Australian soccer ambitions

18 April 2005, 15:20 AEST

Australia cleared another hurdle over the weekend in its bid to join the Asian Football Confederation, after the Oceania Football Confederation said it fully supported the move.

Government maintains support for 'Pacific solution'

18 April 2005, 15:19 AEST

Nauru's foreign minister, David Adeang, says while he would be glad to see the asylum-seeker situation on the island resolved, his government remains committed to Australia's so-called Pacific Solution.

Australia under pressure of asylum-seekers

18 April 2005, 15:19 AEST

The Australian government is under pressure today from the United Nations over its policy on asylum seekers.

Breadfruit exports gains increasing sales overseas

18 April 2005, 11:25 AEST

Agricultural authorities in Fiji have reacted positively to the high demand from overseas markets for one of its popular fruits - the breadfruit.

Foreign vessels not covered by security code

18 April 2005, 10:22 AEST

In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the United States, there are new laws to tighten the security of ships and port facilities around the globe.

Growing market for breadfruit exports

18 April 2005, 10:22 AEST

Agricultural authorities in Fiji have reacted positively to the high demand from overseas markets for one of its popular fruits - the breadfruit.

New airline plans to boost agricultural transport

18 April 2005, 10:22 AEST

Rural farmers in Papua New Guinea will no longer have any difficulty ferrying their produce to the markets in the capital.

CCF condemns early release of jailed minister and chief

18 April 2005, 10:22 AEST

A leading Fiji NGO has condemned the release from jail of the former lands minister and paramount chief, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.

'Open skies' aviation policy may be premature

18 April 2005, 10:22 AEST

A regional airline association says none of the Pacific island countries is ready to liberalise its aviation market.

Girl in deportation row declared illegal immigrant

15 April 2005, 15:20 AEST

The ongoing deportation row in Fiji took another turn on Friday, with the girl at the centre of the controversy declared an illegal immigrant.

Intervention force faces court challenge

15 April 2005, 15:20 AEST

In Solomon Islands, lawyer Andrew Nori is claiming the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, is operating illegally in the country.

RAMSI operations may be illegal

15 April 2005, 15:20 AEST

The legal challenge to the presence of the Australian-lead Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has raised questions about the legal framework of the mission.

PM requests no Australians at Solomons' media call

15 April 2005, 15:20 AEST

An Australian journalism trainer was removed from a press conference in Solomon Islands scheduled to be given by Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare last night.

Election may focus on recovery efforts

15 April 2005, 11:29 AEST

Nominations for Niue's general elections close today, Friday.

Think-tank says RAMSI facing difficult phase

15 April 2005, 11:29 AEST

An Australian Government think-tank says the regional assistance mission to Solomon Islands - RAMSI - remains fragile, despite considerable achievements.

Weather experts discuss cyclone readiness

14 April 2005, 15:39 AEST

Weather experts from around the region have been meeting in Niue this week, to discuss disaster management.

Brisbane Airport apologises over shoe incident

14 April 2005, 15:02 AEST

The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, chosen to steer clear of Australia on Thursday, in his journey from Port Moresby to New Caledonia.

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.

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