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.

Stories

Australia to fund library refurbishment

13 September 2005, 15:14 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Library is set to receive a face-lift, with the Australian government funding a A$3 million package to restore and improve the facility.

Service cuts to fund civil service pay rise

13 September 2005, 15:14 AEST

The Tongan government has announced it will fund large pay rises for civil servants by cutting services.

Chamorros protest against land transfer

13 September 2005, 12:07 AEST

Indigenous activists on Guam are protesting against the transfer of land from the Chamorro Land Trust Commission to the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA) for the authority's new office.

Companies report strong profits

13 September 2005, 12:07 AEST

Papua New Guinea is mid-way through the reporting season for corporate half-yearly results and the news has generally been good.

Campaign attention on Maori Party

13 September 2005, 12:07 AEST

With less than a week to go to New Zealand's general elections, polling trends are showing the race for the right to form government could go right down to the wire.

Festivities underway for independence anniversary

13 September 2005, 12:07 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, official celebrations are today well underway across the country to mark the 30th anniversary of independence.

MPs to hold unofficial referendum on reform

13 September 2005, 12:07 AEST

Tongan MPs say they have had enough of the government refusing to hold a referendum on political reform, so they're going to hold their own.

Plan to bring used batteries back from dead

13 September 2005, 12:07 AEST

A Vanuatu village project to protect reefs by cutting out the dumping of dead batteries in the sea has gained world attention.

Union lashes out at Air Vanuatu dismissals

13 September 2005, 12:07 AEST

Tension is mounting in Vanuatu, following a decision by the national airline to dismiss 26 employees.

Rare bird staves off extinction

12 September 2005, 13:28 AEST

A little bird has battled cyclones, predators and destruction of its Cook Islands habitat and appears to have staved off extinction.

National strategy to use European sugar money

12 September 2005, 13:28 AEST

Fiji will be drawing up a national strategy for the future of the sugar industry, in a bid to take advantage of special funding by the European Union.

Debunking the myths of remittances

12 September 2005, 13:28 AEST

Temporary work opportunities for Pacific islanders in Australia could make a greater contribution to Pacific island economies than foreign aid.

Ministers attack revised Australian aid program

12 September 2005, 13:28 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the minister of police has attacked the revised Enhanced Cooperation Program aid package between PNG and Australia.

Japan approaches government over launch site

12 September 2005, 13:28 AEST

The government of Kiribati says it knows nothing about plans by Japan to build a rocket launching pad on Christmas island.

Australian GG to attend independence festivities

9 September 2005, 14:35 AEST

Australia's Governor General is heading to Papua New Guinea for next week's celebrations to mark thirty years of independence.

Australian-based rep to boost tourism numbers

9 September 2005, 14:35 AEST

Papua New Guinea is pushing ahead with its plan to increase tourist numbers by 50 per cent by 2008 - with the official launch on Thursday night of a new tourism marketing representative in Sydney.

Chaudhry urges Commonwealth action over Unity Bill

9 September 2005, 14:35 AEST

Fiji's opposition Labor Party says that if the government passes its controversial Unity, Tolerance and Reconciliation Bill, the country ought to be suspended from the Commonwealth.

Joins White Band day in fight against poverty

9 September 2005, 14:35 AEST

On Saturday, Fiji is to take part in the "White Band Action Day" - a key component of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty.

PM asked to reverse Telikom price rises

9 September 2005, 14:35 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sir Alan Kemakeza has been asked to reverse a 4.

Australia to help sponsor centennial cricket

9 September 2005, 14:35 AEST

Cricket: it's an addictive form of entertainment at best.

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