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.


Anti-globalisation campaigner criticises Pacific Plan

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

A veteran Pacific campaigner against globalisation has told an international conference in Canberra has criticised the Pacific Plan for going against the interests of Pacific states.

Community urged to turn in prison escapees

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

Bougainville Police are appealing to the community to assist in the recapture of 18 prisoners who broke out of jail last weekend.

Scepticism over possible civil servants strike

25 October 2005, 15:12 AEST

Tongan civil servants who are considering launching another national strike may find it much more difficult to get what they want a second time around.

Kiribati President says Australia must allow access to economy

25 October 2005, 10:19 AEST

The Pacific Forum starts officially today in Port Moresby with island leaders pushing Australia on the issue of access to the Australian economy for their workers.

Hopes for growing trade with China

25 October 2005, 10:19 AEST

Bougainville is hoping a recent visit to Beijing in China by a Government delegation will pave the way for trade with China.

Pacific leaders discuss problem of rising fuel costs

24 October 2005, 15:19 AEST

Motorists angered by rising petrol prices should spare a thought for the residents of the Cook Islands.

Pan-Pacific Regional AIDS conference begins in Auckland

24 October 2005, 15:19 AEST

The pan-Pacific regional HIV AIDS conference gets underway in New Zealand on Tuesday.

Civil servants may strike again

24 October 2005, 15:19 AEST

Tonga's civil servants are considering the possibility of staging a second national strike.

Forum leaders gather in PNG

24 October 2005, 10:00 AEST

The annual summit of the South Pacific convenes next week with Island leaders pressing to get special access to Australia for their unskilled workers.

NGOs want alternative to free trade

24 October 2005, 10:00 AEST

Finding alternatives to the 'free trade' agenda in the Pacific is the task set by a group of over 30 Australian and New Zealand non-government organisations who met in Sydney late last week.

Funding for Beef exports to Europe

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

The Port Vila-based company, Vanuatu Abbatoirs, has won funding to help its beef win approval for export to Europe.

Delegation Tahiti-bound for Bounty remembrance

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

The spirit of the infamous English mutineer Fletcher Christian will be with a delegation from the Australian Pacific territory of Norfolk Island this weekend, as it boards a plane for French Polynesia.

Public anger against bills increases

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, public anger against two controversial bills which are to be debated in parliament next week is gathering momentum.

Democracy protestor rejects reform committee idea

21 October 2005, 15:10 AEST

Moves to set up a committee to hear submissions on democratic change in Tonga have been rejected out of hand by the man who has staged protests outside Parliament all this week.

Leaked report slams vice chancellor

21 October 2005, 9:56 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a report leaked to the press alleges the University of P-N-G Vice-Chancellor mishandled student grievances.

Regional Trade wars raise questions over greater integration

20 October 2005, 16:13 AEST

The resolution of two, separate trade disputes among Pacific countries in recent weeks appears to have given hope to those arguing for trade liberalisation in the region.

Tuvatu gold project sold to Alcaston Mining

20 October 2005, 16:13 AEST

To Fiji now, where the sale of Emperor Gold Mines Tuvatu gold project has introduced a new force into the ranks of Pacific Gold mining companies.

Mt Garbuna erupts after 1800 years of dormancy

20 October 2005, 16:13 AEST

Emergency and disaster management authorities in Papua New Guinea's West New Britain Province have been urged to prepare a contingency plan following the eruption of Mt Garbuna volcano early this week.

King agrees to political reform committee

20 October 2005, 16:13 AEST

Tonga's King has agreed to the setting up of a national committee on political reform.

Govt plans to address maternal and infant mortality rate

20 October 2005, 10:15 AEST

Health authorities in Solomon Islands say they are doing their best to reduce the high maternal and infant mortality rate in the country.

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