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.


Singirok warns of security threat to Australia

3 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

The former defence commander of Papua New Guinea says that the second bombing of tourist localities on the Indonesian island of Bali over the weekend highlights major security concerns in PNG.

Calls for full Australia-Fiji economic partnership

3 October 2005, 12:04 AEST

The Australia Fiji Business Council has called on the governments of Australia and Fiji to aim at achieving a full economic partnership over the next 30 years.

International praise for water managment

3 October 2005, 12:04 AEST

The Pacific has won praise from the New York-based Global Environment Facility for its handling of marine and coastal management and its fresh water supplies and waste.

Proposal to boost trade of 'carbon credits'

3 October 2005, 12:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea has recently put forward a proposals on the trade of carbon credits.

French agents move to stop airing of TV footage

3 October 2005, 12:04 AEST

The two French secret agents convicted over the bombing of the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour 20 years ago have launched a legal appeal, to stop the screening of a film-clip showing them pleading guilty to manslaughter in court.

Veteran Bougainville politician acknowledged

3 October 2005, 12:04 AEST

The career of veteran Papua New Guinea MP and former Bougainville governor John Momis has been recognised, under PNG's new national awards and honours system.

Indigenous languages need assistance

3 October 2005, 12:04 AEST

Language preservation is near and dear to many indigenous communities across the Pacific.

Royal visit, bird flu dominate headlines

30 September 2005, 14:39 AEST

The visit to Papua New Guinea of Princess Anne, to mark the country's 30th anniversary, has attracted considerable public attention.

Australia reassured on Unity Bill's amnesty provisions

30 September 2005, 12:21 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, has flatly rejected proposals that Pacific Islanders be allowed greater access for temporary work in Australia.

Call to scrap race-based voting system

30 September 2005, 12:21 AEST

Former Fiji opposition leader Mick Beddoes is calling for the country's racially based electoral system to be scrapped.

Tasting competition to 'rebrand' local coffee

30 September 2005, 12:21 AEST

A coffee tasting competition in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highland's Province is choosing the country's best coffee.

Japanese cricket fires up tournament

30 September 2005, 12:21 AEST

The small group of Japanese supporters who turned out to support their national squad at the East Asia Pacific cricket trophy tournament has been compared to Britain's Barmy army - the group of avid sports fans who follow England's touring sports teams around the world to support and cheer.

Severe storm floods parts of Suva

29 September 2005, 15:17 AEST

A freak storm which has hit the Fiji capital Suva is wreaking havoc on some medical services and schools.

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.

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