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 regrets rejection of election monitors

7 February 2005, 12:41 AEST

The chairman of peak regional body, the Pacific Islands Forum, has weighed in to the upcoming elections in French Polynesia.

PSC Chair says scams may trigger police involvement

7 February 2005, 12:41 AEST

The Chairman of Fiji's Public Service Commission has hinted the police and department of public prosecutions may be called in as a result of investigations into scams in the public service.

Mercy dash for terminally ill woman delayed

7 February 2005, 12:41 AEST

Kalinga Jacobs is terminally ill with a rare skin cancer "Marjolin's Ulcer" which she has suffered for the past seven years.

Dispute stalls repatriation of indigenous remains

7 February 2005, 12:41 AEST

Who should foot the bill for ancient remains that have been sent overseas for testing? That's the question that's been preventing nearly 300 Chamorro relics from being returned to the Northern Marianas.

Starfish control method to be tested

7 February 2005, 12:41 AEST

It's called "The Crown of Thorns", it's a common starfish and it's become a nightmare for marine biologists and diving operators in the Pacific.

Officer shortage opens recruitment to women

7 February 2005, 12:41 AEST

For the first time since 1988, Fiji's army has opened its officer recruitment program to women.

Opposition leader says Sir William's departure was amicable

4 February 2005, 16:39 AEST

The sacking of former Prime Minister Sir William Skate raises the question of why he wasn't simply allowed to leave the party - a move which would have forced him to a by-election.

More witnesses called as Geve murder trial continues

4 February 2005, 16:15 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the High Court adjourned at lunchtime today, on Day Four of the trial over the murder of former MP and minister, Father Augustine Geve.

Seriously ill woman's return to Sudest Island delayed

4 February 2005, 16:15 AEST

Bad weather in Melbourne yesterday stalled a terminally ill woman's hopes of getting home to Sudest Island, Milne Bay, in Papua New Guinea.

Sir William Skate's political future in limbo

4 February 2005, 16:15 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the big political news of today [Friday] is the dumping of former prime minister, Sir William Skate, from both his party and the opposition.

Virgin Blue to refocus on domestic market

4 February 2005, 16:15 AEST

The chairman of Australian airline Virgin Blue, Chris Corrigan, says the company must refocus on the domestic Australian market.

Publisher says remittances won't last forever

4 February 2005, 11:43 AEST

The man behind a new newspaper for Tongan Americans has warned Tonga that one day, remittances to the country from expatriate communities will simply come to an end.

Unionist calls public service reforms 'a facade'

4 February 2005, 11:43 AEST

The union representing Fiji's public service is unimpressed at the sacking of two CEOs of government departments.

Two ministers sacked as RAMSI debate continues

3 February 2005, 17:22 AEST

But first, the Solomon Islands yesterday awoke to the news that two cabinet ministers had been dumped by prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza.

Australian opposition supports RAMSI

3 February 2005, 17:22 AEST

Australia's opposition spokesman on Pacific affairs, Bob Sercombe, is in Solomon Islands, on an official visit.

Residents feel effects of CNMI volcanic eruption

3 February 2005, 17:22 AEST

Officials in Guam have played down any links between Wednesday's earthquake and the ongoing volcanic eruption on Mount Anatahan.

Debate over language policy at Maori media awards

3 February 2005, 12:52 AEST

A Maori-language only policy at this year's Maori Media Awards in New Zealand has led to a boycott by a prominent indigenous radio station.

Stocks traded double in 2004

3 February 2005, 12:44 AEST

The number of shares traded on the South Pacific Stock Exchange in Suva more than doubled in 2004.

Minister labels RAMSI a 'liability'

3 February 2005, 12:44 AEST

The Australian-led intervention mission in Solomon Islands has been labelled "overkill" and a potential "liability" for the country by a high-ranking cabinet minister.

Drought in West affecting health of children

3 February 2005, 12:44 AEST

The drought conditions that have gripped the western division of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, are beginning to have an impact on the wellbeing of children in the area.

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