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.


Forum to discuss repatriation of Tuvaluans, I-Kiribati

15 March 2005, 12:23 AEST

The deputy secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum will attend a meeting in Tuvalu this week to discuss the repatriation of foreign nationals stranded on Nauru.

Election results still not finalised

15 March 2005, 12:23 AEST

The Federated States of Micronesia held elections last week for island representatives from Yap, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk to the 14th National Congress.

Government acts on administrative paralysis

15 March 2005, 12:23 AEST

The government of the Marshall Islands is moving to tackle what has become known as the 'great malaise' in government.

Call to open up markets to international investors

15 March 2005, 12:23 AEST

An expert on corporate governance says Fiji should open its business markets to international investors.

Temaru refused entry to GIP offices

15 March 2005, 12:23 AEST

In French Polynesia, newly elected president Oscar Temaru received a shock late last week, when he was denied entry to one of the territory's main government buildings.

Anger over government's Daily Post share sale

15 March 2005, 12:23 AEST

In Fiji, the government's ethics have been questioned over its partial sale of shares in the Daily Post newspaper.

Low-key campaign for this week's poll

14 March 2005, 15:46 AEST

Tongans head to the polls later this week with the election of nobles on Wednesday and the people's, or commoner's elections on Thursday.

Election officials expect large poll turnout

14 March 2005, 11:22 AEST

Election officials in Tonga are hoping for a bigger turnout than usual in the Kingdom's general election later this week.

Deputy PM concerned over constitutional change

14 March 2005, 11:22 AEST

Tuvalu's deputy prime minister says he's concerned the upcoming referendum on constitutional change is being hijacked by politics.

Hopes for oil exploration dashed

14 March 2005, 11:22 AEST

A legal tussle over native land rights looks set to continue in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

SPC says obesity global problem

14 March 2005, 11:22 AEST

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has idenified obesity as a problem of global proportions, and particularly in the Pacific.

Stock market reaches record highs

14 March 2005, 11:22 AEST

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange is thriving with sustained high growth in its market value.

Striking university staff return to work

14 March 2005, 11:22 AEST

Staff of the University of Papua New Guinea have been ordered back to work by the country's National Court, following almost a week of industrial action.

Government committee attacks residency permit sales

14 March 2005, 11:22 AEST

A Committee of the Nauru Parliament has recommended that Nauru's Justice Department take court action to recover money it believes is owing to it from the sale of Permanent Residence Permits.

Air Vanuatu criticises Virgin subsidiary

11 March 2005, 14:25 AEST

Air Vanuatu has lashed out at Virgin Blue subsidiary, Pacific Blue, saying it has failed to live up to its promises to Vanuatu and it's involved in unfair and predatory pricing.

Geve murder trial concludes

11 March 2005, 14:25 AEST

The biggest trial in Solomon Islands legal history wound up in Honiara this week.

Growing foreign interest in next week's elections

11 March 2005, 14:25 AEST

Tongans living abroad may want the country to allow them to be represented in parliament, according to a Tongan political scientist.

Australian soldier falls to his death

11 March 2005, 14:25 AEST

An Australian soldier on patrol near Honiara died yesterday after falling down a deep shaft.

Customs officials talk technology at regional meet

11 March 2005, 14:25 AEST

Customs officials in the region have just had a crash course in cigarette smuggling.

Prince Charles receives a traditional welcome

10 March 2005, 16:43 AEST

The southern hemisphere has certainly come in for its share of Royal watching over the last week or so.

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