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.


Visitor arrivals to the region up

27 October 2005, 15:09 AEST

The latest visitor arrivals figures for the Pacific make good reading for those countries whose economies rely heavily on tourism.

VP stresses importance of legal measures to address greivances

27 October 2005, 9:09 AEST

The Vice-President of Fiji, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi has used his address to the Globalisation, Governance and the Pacific Islands conference to warn indigenous Fijians not to embrace a culture of illegality.

Aust PM to establish Technical College for the Pacific

27 October 2005, 9:09 AEST

Australia and Pacific Island countries have declared a temporary truce in the argument over access of unskilled Pacific workers to Australia.

Farmers support call to allow Pacific seasonal workers

27 October 2005, 9:09 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister is facing criticism from the country's major farm lobby over his refusal to consider the proposal from Pacific leaders to allow seasonal workers from the region to come to Australia.

Australia unwilling to accept Pacific seasonal workers

26 October 2005, 15:03 AEST

Australian Prime Minister John Howard is not enthusiastic about the idea of allowing seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands into the country.

Opposition calls for PM to back Pacific labour scheme

26 October 2005, 15:03 AEST

The issue of labour mobility in the Pacific is generating debate in Australia as well.

Strong opposition to Pacific Plan's trade liberalisation agenda

26 October 2005, 15:03 AEST

The Forum Leaders' Meeting in Papua New Guinea has been casting a long shadow over an international conference on globalisation underway in the Australian capital Canberra at the moment.

Political reform committee starts work

26 October 2005, 15:03 AEST

A national committee to find out what Tongans think about possible political reform went ahead with its first meeting on Wednesday despite threats by civil servants to stage a second national strike.

Rally to highlight support for Papua self determination

26 October 2005, 15:03 AEST

A rally will be held in the P-N-G capital Port Moresby tomorrow to highlight the push for independence in the Indonesian province of Papua.

Chinese company signs Ramu joint venture

26 October 2005, 11:09 AEST

The Chinese Metallurgical Construction Company has signed a joint venture agreement, in Port Moresby, which will see it provide all the finance for the giant Ramu Nickel project, near Madang.

Pacific leaders urge Australia and NZ to accept seasonal workers

26 October 2005, 10:17 AEST

The drums and singing welcoming Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard to the Pacific summit in Port Moresby yesterday afternoon.

AIDS virus could wipe out entire Pacific Communities

26 October 2005, 10:17 AEST

A conference in New Zealand on the AIDS epidemic in the Pacific has heard the disease could wipe out entire communities in some of the smaller islands in the region.

Leading Marine Biologist urges world to stop eating fish

26 October 2005, 10:17 AEST

Speaking at an international conference in Melbourne, Sylvia Earle, who was named Time magazine's first "Hero for the Planet" in 1998, says we should be avoiding shark, tuna and swordfish in particular.

Issue of seasonal worker access to Australia raised at forum

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, arrived at the Pacific Forum in Port Moresby on Tuesday.

Anti-globalisation campaigner criticises Pacific Plan

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

A veteran Pacific campaigner against globalisation has told an international conference in Canberra has criticised the Pacific Plan for going against the interests of Pacific states.

Community urged to turn in prison escapees

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

Bougainville Police are appealing to the community to assist in the recapture of 18 prisoners who broke out of jail last weekend.

Scepticism over possible civil servants strike

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

Tongan civil servants who are considering launching another national strike may find it much more difficult to get what they want a second time around.

Kiribati President says Australia must allow access to economy

25 October 2005, 10:19 AEST

The Pacific Forum starts officially today in Port Moresby with island leaders pushing Australia on the issue of access to the Australian economy for their workers.

Hopes for growing trade with China

25 October 2005, 10:19 AEST

Bougainville is hoping a recent visit to Beijing in China by a Government delegation will pave the way for trade with China.

Pacific leaders discuss problem of rising fuel costs

24 October 2005, 15:19 AEST

Motorists angered by rising petrol prices should spare a thought for the residents of the Cook Islands.

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