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.


RAMSI says anti-corruption campaign producing results

27 January 2005, 16:38 AEST

The Acting special co-ordinator of the Regional Assistance to Solomon Islands, Peter Noble, says RAMSI is very pleased that the work of the anti-corruption taskforce is starting to bear fruit.

Doubts over former minister's new political direction

27 January 2005, 16:38 AEST

There's been a sensation in Tongan politics recently, with a former cabinet minister speaking out about the circumstances in which he was sacked.

Major history project completed

27 January 2005, 14:36 AEST

In Vanuatu, a major project recording the country's considerable history is now complete.

Second government official charged with corruption

25 January 2005, 16:16 AEST

In Solomon Islands, a second senior government official in as many weeks has been arrested and charged on 25 counts of official corruption.

Government says 1997 constitution protects gay citizens

25 January 2005, 16:15 AEST

The Fiji government has rejected suggestions that a gay Fiji citizen would face descrimination if he were to return.

Sodomy laws prompt gay man to seek refugee status in France

25 January 2005, 14:55 AEST

Fiji's anti-homsexuality laws are attracting international attention, after a Fiji citizen claimed he was afraid to return to the country because he was gay.

Government examines fuel prices in rural areas

25 January 2005, 14:55 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is about to embark on a major investigation, to look at ways of bringing down fuel prices in rural areas.

New magazine caters to Islander, Maori communities

24 January 2005, 15:46 AEST

New Zealand's large and growing Pacific islands population now has its own glossy magazine.

Media coverage of diplomat's bashing raises concerns

24 January 2005, 12:09 AEST

The brutal assault on Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji earlier this month has again raised concerns about safety in the country's capital, Suva.

High inflation bad news for region's economic miracle

24 January 2005, 12:09 AEST

The latest figures released by Samoa's Central Bank show an inflation rate of 14.

Musicians' plastic fantastic bad news for water supply

24 January 2005, 12:09 AEST

Some enterprising musicians in Solomon Island have attracted the ire of the country's health authorities.

Ground-breaking linguist dies in NZ

21 January 2005, 15:05 AEST

The man who wrote the standard grammar of Bislama, the national language of Vanuatu, has died.

Bishop warns of weaknesses in RAMSI operation

21 January 2005, 14:17 AEST

A prominent church leader in Solomon Islands has accused the Regional Assistance Mission, or RAMSI, of developing some fatal weaknesses.

World Bank urges review of natural disaster response

21 January 2005, 10:12 AEST

Participants at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction conference, in the Japanese city of Kobe, have been told that authorities in the region must take a more pro-active approach to disaster management.

Start of free education policy still uncertain

21 January 2005, 9:16 AEST

The Solomon Islands government's new policy of free education for primary school students has got off to a shaky start, with key educational players saying they have had no official communication about the change.

Malaria on the rise among Manam Island evacuees

21 January 2005, 9:07 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, living conditions for evacuees from Manam Island appear not to be improving.

Most telecommunications links restored

20 January 2005, 15:49 AEST

International telecommunications links have been fully or partially restored to most of the Pacific Island states, which have been cut off from the outside world by the loss of a key satellite.

Tsunami relief appeal sparks surge of generosity

20 January 2005, 11:38 AEST

Cook Islanders have contributed generously to a Red Cross appeal for funds to help victims of the Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Hockey supremo warms to Fiji bid to host World Cup

20 January 2005, 11:38 AEST

The head of the Oceania Hockey Federation says he would like to see Fiji host a regional World Cup qualifying tournament in October.

US aid initiative reflects closer ties with kingdom

20 January 2005, 11:23 AEST

The US government is helping Tonga set up a National Emergency Operations Centre, in which supplies will be stored in the capital, Nukualofa, in the event of a natural disaster.

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