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.


Founding father lands ombudsman job

4 April 2005, 15:31 AEST

In Vanuatu, Peter Taurakoto is the country's new Ombudsman.

Regional Catholic leaders react to Pope's death

4 April 2005, 15:28 AEST

Catholics throughout the Pacific have joined the faith's one billion followers around the world in mourning the death of Pope John Paul the Second.

King invited to Australian town of Mildura

4 April 2005, 10:40 AEST

The King of Tonga has been invited to visit the Australian town of Mildura next year, when Melbourne hosts the Commonwealth Games.

Senior Catholic figure mourns Pope's death

4 April 2005, 10:18 AEST

Catholics throughout the Pacific spent Sunday [AEST] mourning the death of Pope John Paul II.

Tribunal could reduce conflict over land

4 April 2005, 10:18 AEST

Solomon Islands Chief Justice, Sir Albert Palmer, says his country is hoping to reduce conflict over land by setting up a new customary land disputes tribunal.

Volcanic monitoring equipment may endanger lives

4 April 2005, 10:18 AEST

In Solomon Islands the department of seismology says the country does not have equipment to monitor volcanic activity in one of the country's active volcanos.

CEPAC defends Pope's Pacific legacy

4 April 2005, 10:18 AEST

Catholics around the region are mourning the death of Pope John Paul II and examining his legacy.

Special mass as news of Pope's death filters through

4 April 2005, 10:18 AEST

Meanwhile, Catholic churchgoers in the Pacific have been coming to terms with what the Pope's death means, and also the vexed debate over who should be appointed as his successor.

Falun Gong member seeks refugee protection

4 April 2005, 10:18 AEST

Residents of the Northern Marianas have signed a petition in support of the Falun Gong movement.

Catholics in prayer as Pope's health worsens

1 April 2005, 15:42 AEST

As we go to air this afternoon, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul, is reportedly gravely ill.

Police supremo examines regional challenges

1 April 2005, 15:42 AEST

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Kelty says despite the challenges thrown up by the complexity of the Asia Pacific region, progress is being made with law enforcement.

Protestors again demand Austrlaian apology for shoe incident

1 April 2005, 15:42 AEST

Protestors in Papua New Guinea they will continue to hold rolling demonstrations until Australian officials apologise for the recent treatment of Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare.

Concerns over new GIP blockade

1 April 2005, 15:42 AEST

For the second time in a week in French Polynesia, Papeete's seaport has been closed down by demonstrators.

Foreign garment workers repatriated

1 April 2005, 11:31 AEST

The government of the Northern Marianas has begun repatriating foreign garment workers who've been retrenched.

No surprise candidates expected in April poll

1 April 2005, 11:31 AEST

The parliament of Niue has been dissolved in prepartion for general elections scheduled for 30th April.

Asia Pacific conflict centre opens in Brisbane

1 April 2005, 11:31 AEST

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Greg Urwin says the idea that the Pacific is a region characterised by failure and chronic instability is "a very considerable misinterpretation".

Public service faces major restructuring

1 April 2005, 11:31 AEST

The Chairman of Fiji's Public Service Commission, Stuart Huggett, says he doesn't know if any people will lose their jobs in a planned major restructuring of the civil service.

NZ works to improve economic ties with region

1 April 2005, 11:31 AEST

A delegation from New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is touring French territories in the Pacific, in a bid to improve both trade and ties.

Delegation to discuss immigration rules

31 March 2005, 15:01 AEST

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is to meet an American Samoa delegation in Apia on Friday to try to resolve differences over immigration.

Independence not on agenda, for now

31 March 2005, 15:01 AEST

French Polynesia's new president, Oscar Temaru, says he won't be campaigning to gain independence from France in the near future.

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