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.


Anger over Fiji gay convictions

6 April 2005, 16:32 AEST

The man whose case drew international attention to Fiji's so-called sodomy laws late last year, Samson Verma, has reacted angrily to Wednesday's convictions.

US Congressman tells Australian not to forget Papua

6 April 2005, 16:29 AEST

A US Congressman wants Australia not to allow its pursuit of good relations with Indonesia stop it paying attention to the struggle for independence by the mainly Melanesian people of the Indonesian province of Papua.

Volcano ash spews to record heights

6 April 2005, 16:27 AEST

To the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, now, and while the eruption overnight of the volcano on Anatahan hasn't caused injuries or damaged property, it was the most spectacular in the island's history.

Senior public servant stands by anti-gay sentence

6 April 2005, 16:27 AEST

In Fiji, two men are today behind bars, after becoming the first people since independence to be found guilty under the country's sodomy laws.

Rebel leader urged to stand in Bougainville poll

6 April 2005, 10:13 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, Bougainville Chiefs have urged rebel leader Francis Ona to join the peace process.

Hindu community angered by temple desecration

6 April 2005, 10:13 AEST

An Indo-Fijian MP says the continued desecration of Hindu temples is stretching the patience of Fiji's Hindu community.

Sanitation and water concerns on Pukapuka

6 April 2005, 10:13 AEST

In Cook Islands, residents of the cyclone-ravaged Islands of Pukapuka and Nassau have again called on the government to address the water problems which, they claim, are now posing a major health hazard.

Prison head says jails are better, safer

6 April 2005, 10:13 AEST

The head of the Solomon Islands prison system says the country's main jail is now better, and safer than it was when a riot broke out in August last year.

Australian may be new police chief

5 April 2005, 15:06 AEST

In Solomon Islands, unconfirmed reports are suggesting this afternoon that Australian Shane Castles is the country's new Commissioner of Police.

Separatist concern over Indonesia-Australia deal

5 April 2005, 15:06 AEST

Separatist leaders from the Indonesian province of Papua say they're not troubled by Australian Prime Minister John Howard's latest statement that Australia will recognise the territorial integrity of Indonesia.

Deputy premier calls for focus on climate change

5 April 2005, 15:06 AEST

Niue's deputy premier says developed countries like Australia need to pay more attention to the issue of climate change.

Polynesian residents fight to keep culture alive

5 April 2005, 11:55 AEST

The indigenous Polynesian people of Easter Island say they're facing an ongoing battle to keep their culture alive.

Food shortage wreaks havoc in Temotu

5 April 2005, 11:55 AEST

In Solomon Islands, a major food shortage is wreaking havoc on the daily lives of one of the country's most remote communities.

NGOs call for for electoral law changes

5 April 2005, 11:54 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the Civil Society Network says the country's electoral laws must be changed before the next election if the country wants better quality leadership.

Funding setback for nuclear test veterans

5 April 2005, 11:54 AEST

New Zealand nuclear test veterans seeking compensation from the British Government have vowed to continue their campaign, in spite of a funding setback.

Shipping costs set to rise

5 April 2005, 11:54 AEST

Consumers in Pacific Island countries may have to pay more for imported goods, as the cost of shipping rises.

Senior minister sentenced over coup involvement

4 April 2005, 15:37 AEST

In Fiji, another senior minister has been jailed for his involvement in the unrest surrounding the May 2000 coup.

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.

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