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.


Flooding brings Suva traffic to a standstill

29 September 2005, 15:17 AEST

Fiji's Meteorological Service in Nadi has issued a flash flood warning for low lying areas of the country.

Princess Anne to present chiefs with medals

29 September 2005, 14:33 AEST

The daughter of the Queen of England, Princess Anne, is to leave Papua New Guinea on Thursday evening, after a short visit to mark PNG's 30th independence anniversary.

Australia's opposition wants EU-style 'community'

29 September 2005, 14:33 AEST

Australia's Opposition has released a discussion paper - filled with ambitious ideas for the Pacific.

Final Plan draft now released

29 September 2005, 11:54 AEST

The final draft of the much debated Pacific Plan has now been released.

Tongan elected Moderator of Uniting Church

29 September 2005, 11:54 AEST

A Tongan-born minister has been elected Moderator of the Uniting Church of Australia, in the Synod of the states of Victoria and Tasmania.

Cricket competition a family affair in Mele

29 September 2005, 11:54 AEST

A family in one of Vanuatu's largest villages, Mele, has made an overwhelming commitment to the East Asia Pacific Cricket Trophy tournament in Vanuatu.

Loggers call for ban on Malaysian company

29 September 2005, 11:54 AEST

Papua New Guinea's timber industry has called on the government to cancel the licence of a foreign logging company, over concerns the company is operating illegally.

French negotiate peace on Wallis

29 September 2005, 11:54 AEST

The Secretary-General of the French High Commission in New Caledonia, Louis Le Franc, was sent to the French territory of Wallis and Futuna on Sunday to defuse escalating civil unrest.

Japanese shipping company pulls out of partnership

29 September 2005, 11:54 AEST

There are fears that a Japanese shipping company's decision to pull the plug on a service to Palau could have a major impact on local residents and businesses.

Core samples being tested for Uranium

29 September 2005, 11:54 AEST

Samples of rock from the island of Niue are being examined by a laboratory in the Australian city of Perth, to see if commercially exploitable deposits of uranium exist on the island.

Virgin expansion to cost jobs in Samoa

28 September 2005, 14:50 AEST

Australian airline Virgin Blue says it expects fares on its new routes to Tonga and Samoa to be 40 per cent cheaper than those offered by full-cost airlines.

Report author says regional integration not popular

28 September 2005, 12:04 AEST

The author of a prominent report on regional integration says one of the biggest constraints to closer ties among Pacific states is the concept's lack of popularity among people and leaders in the region.

UNICEF meeting examines violence against children

28 September 2005, 12:04 AEST

Delegates at a consultation on violence against children in Fiji are trying to devise policies to help protect children from violence and commercial exploitation.

Major tribal art auction in Sydney

28 September 2005, 12:04 AEST

On Wednesday, Sydney will see its first dedicated auction of Pacific Tribal Art in five years, when the Australian auction house Lawson Menzies puts an estimated A$300 thousand worth of objects under the hammer.

Doctors vow to continue strike over wage claims

28 September 2005, 12:04 AEST

Striking doctors in Samoa have vowed to push ahead with their industrial dispute - no matter how long it takes.

New invention promises ice from thin air

28 September 2005, 12:04 AEST

Everyone knows you can't get something from nothing.

Government senator receives custodial sentence

27 September 2005, 14:11 AEST

Fiji Government Senator Mohammed Apisai Tora has been sentenced to eight months' jail for unlawful assembly during the 2000 coup.

Expert says economy must double in size

27 September 2005, 13:12 AEST

The Solomons Islands economy needs to more than double if it's to provide the government with the tax base it needs to provide the minimum services people now expect.

PNG welcomes Australian Farmers support of short term jobs

27 September 2005, 13:12 AEST

Papua New Guinea has welcomed the support of Australia's National Farmers' Federation for a scheme which, if implemented, would allow foreigner workers into Australia on a temporary basis.

Tongan-Americans raise money for Vaiola hospital

27 September 2005, 13:12 AEST

Tongan communities in the United States have responded generously to a fundraising appeal by Tonga's main hospital, doubling the usual amount donated.

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