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.


Calls for chiefs to steer clear of politics

18 March 2005, 11:23 AEST

A prominent Australian academic has warned that Fiji's highest indigenous representative body needs to divorce itself from politics, if it's to resume its traditional role.

Bougainville Polls to go ahead, despite hiccup

18 March 2005, 11:23 AEST

Electoral authorities on the island of Bougainville say preparations for the province's first autonomous government are going well, despite the burning of ballot papers recently.

Provident Fund grapples with bad debts

18 March 2005, 11:23 AEST

The Solomon Islands National Provident Fund has had to make provision for bad debts of SI$52.

Elections Commission concerns with cost of compulsory vote

18 March 2005, 11:23 AEST

Fiji's Elections Commission says it's being asked to do an impossible job, and wants the constitution amended.

Expert dismisses tsunami warning centre lawsuit

18 March 2005, 11:23 AEST

Victims of last year's Asian tsunami disaster are suing the Hawaii-based Tsunami Warning Centre for negligence.

Nobles vote for their MPs, the Commoners' turn today

17 March 2005, 12:35 AEST

Tonga's 33 Nobles cast their vote yesterday for their 9 MPs.

Committee investigates missing relief funds allegations

17 March 2005, 12:35 AEST

In PNG, one million kina earmarked for Manam Island disaster evacuees has allegedly gone missing.

Forestry industry says landowners not consulted

17 March 2005, 12:35 AEST

The Solomon Islands' controversial forestry bill is back on the agenda this week.

Catholic Church says compensation hinders development

17 March 2005, 12:35 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a senior figure of the Catholic Church says compensation demands by some sections of society are having a serious impact on the country's development.

Hilton International eyeing Micronesia

17 March 2005, 12:35 AEST

The Hilton International hotel chain is looking at expanding across Micronesia.

Crown Prince promises more reforms

17 March 2005, 12:00 AEST

Tonga's crown prince says new moves to open up the cabinet to MPs elected by ordinary people are only a first step.

Polls close in second day of voting

17 March 2005, 12:00 AEST

Polls have now closed in the second day of voting in Tonga.

King's nephew fails in re-election bid

16 March 2005, 16:21 AEST

The nephew of the King of Tonga, Prince Tuipelehake, won't be returning to the Kingdom's parliament, following today's nobles' vote.

US committee marks anniversary of Pacific conflict

16 March 2005, 12:40 AEST

A delegation from the Veterans' Committee of the United States Congress was in Guam over the weekend, to commemorate the end of the war in the Pacific.

PM's anti-NGO legislation 'unconstitutional'

16 March 2005, 12:40 AEST

The Prime Minister of Fiji, Laisenia Qarase, has re-iterated his desire to de-register non-goverment organisations that take on a role as critics of government.

Fiji seeks trade boost with PNG

16 March 2005, 12:40 AEST

Papua New Guinea is currently hosting a trade mission from Fiji, which is promoting Fiji-made products and services.

Closer regional ties may imply free movement of labour

16 March 2005, 12:40 AEST

The head of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says creating a Pacific community will involve opening up borders for free movement of labour.

Forum chief accepts 'robust' Australian policy

16 March 2005, 12:40 AEST

The head of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says the region accepts a stronger role for Australia, as long as that robust policy is measured and proper.

Elections uncover split in pro-democracy movement

15 March 2005, 16:21 AEST

Tonga's election campaign is entering the final stretch and there have been some signs of things hotting up with a possible split in the country's pro-democracy movement.

Melbourne surgeons operate on Fiji burns victim

15 March 2005, 15:52 AEST

In the Australian city of Melbourne a team of plastic surgeons has performed difficult surgery on a 21-year-old burns victim from Fiji.

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