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 urged to help with psychological rehabilitation

16 December 2004, 17:35 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was in Solomon Islands today as part of a visit to PNG, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Vanuatu.

Government reiterates commitement to good governance

16 December 2004, 17:35 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Mr Alexander Downer also made an unscheduled visit to Vanuatu after leaving Solomon Islands.

Impartiality of Speaker questioned

16 December 2004, 17:35 AEST

The newly appointed Speaker of the Cook Islands parliament is having his impartialty questioned by the opposition.

Speaker of parliament passes away

16 December 2004, 17:35 AEST

A minutes silence was observed in Nauru's Parliament this morning following the death of the Speaker of Parliament.

Hopes for a new aid deal

16 December 2004, 12:03 AEST

Nauru is this week moving a step closer to sealing a major aid deal, designed to help the once wealthy island-state to rebuild an economy burdened by years of mismanagement.

Logging giant loses court appeal

16 December 2004, 11:55 AEST

Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH) suffered a huge setback in the New Zealand High Court last week.

Why Santa decided not to fly over Micronesia

16 December 2004, 11:55 AEST

In Guam, Santa was grounded at Anderson Airforce base due to bad weather.

The realities of dealing with Australia

16 December 2004, 11:55 AEST

Australia's effort to boost Papua New Guinea's ability to control its law and order problem is only in its infancy.

New Prime Minister ends political musical chairs

15 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

Cook Islands has a new Prime Minister.

Former high court judge is new Vice President

15 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

Fiji has a new Vice President, high chief Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi.

Relations with Australia under microscope

15 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

The Australia Papua New Guinea relationship has come in for some detailed attention in recent weeks, with the start of foot patrols on the streets of Port Moresby by Australian police, and the release of an alarming report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Cancellation of Telikom sale upsets big business

15 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the message sent to investors by the government's National Executive Council to cancel the sale of PNG Telikom to African company Econet Wireless.

Call for regional court

15 December 2004, 12:15 AEST

Earlier this month, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Greg Urwin suggested the establishment a regional Privy Council or specialised courts on land and constitutional questions.

Concern over environmental impact of US air bases

15 December 2004, 12:15 AEST

Conservationists on Guam are alarmed about the possible impact military expansion on the island may have on local wildlife.

Report reveals nightmare scenario for PNG

14 December 2004, 16:46 AEST

The nightmare scenario for Papua New Guinea in the next 15 years is the total collapse of the central government, a takeover by criminals, and the splintering of the country into half a dozen lawless mini-states.

PM reaffirms One China policy

14 December 2004, 16:46 AEST

Vanuatu's new Prime Minister Ham Lini has officially reaffirmed the country's One China policy and revoked all agreements with Taiwan signed by former Prime Minister Serge Vohor last month.

Tourists encouraged to go easy on Pacific

14 December 2004, 16:46 AEST

Many Pacific countries are reliant on overseas tourism to sustain their economies, but they also have pay a price that has little to to do with money.

Failed aid theory disputed

14 December 2004, 16:46 AEST

A Senior Research Fellow with the United Nations University in Helsinki, Finland, has taken issue with the Australian academic, Helen Hughes, that aid has failed the Pacific.

A new Prime Minister and a new look government

14 December 2004, 12:10 AEST

After weeks of political wrangling Vanautu has a new government.

Parliament due to meet to elect new PM

14 December 2004, 12:10 AEST

The Cook Islands is currently without a Prime Minister.

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