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

Vote of no confidence referred to Supreme Court

3 December 2004, 12:04 AEST

Yesterday's scheduled vote of no confidence in Vanuatu Prime Minister Serge Vohor's was derailed on constitutional grounds.

UNHCR want Iraqi asylum seekers in Australia

3 December 2004, 12:04 AEST

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, has called on the Australian government to provide temporary protection in Australia for the remaining Iraqi asylum seekers held on Nauru.

Defence Force personnel concerned about border posts

3 December 2004, 12:04 AEST

Defence force authorities in Papua New Guinea have denied reports their international border posts are so run down they pose a serious security risk to the country.

Australian consortium positions itself to buy gold mine

3 December 2004, 12:04 AEST

An Australian consortium has emerged as the front runner to buy the Gold Ridge mine in Solomon Islands and is hoping to to have it operating again by 2006.

New book explores cultural impact of RAMSI

3 December 2004, 12:04 AEST

Over a year after the arrival of the first regional troops in Solomon Islands, the operation to restore law and order to the war-torn country is being regarded as an overwhelming success.

Call for Melanesian solidarity on West Papuan issue

3 December 2004, 12:04 AEST

Vanuatu's Minister for Lands, Barak Sope has called for Melanesian countries to support independence rather than autonomy for the Indonesian province of Papua.

Involving disabled in decision making

3 December 2004, 12:04 AEST

Today is the International Day of Disabled Persons.

Cracking down on money laundering

2 December 2004, 17:17 AEST

Solomon Islands government is taking steps to crack down on money laundering.

Australian police hoping to make a difference

2 December 2004, 17:17 AEST

Australian police received a round of applause as they took to the streets of Papua New Guinea's crime plagued capital this morning.

Pacific urged to abandon communal traditions

2 December 2004, 17:17 AEST

An Australian think tank says Pacific Island nations should adopt economic and political systems that promote growth, if they want to be prosperous.

More senior figures facing coup charges

2 December 2004, 17:17 AEST

In Fiji another government minister has been charged in connection with the 2000 coup.

Homelessness continues to rise

2 December 2004, 10:41 AEST

In Guam, the findings of a survey on the homeless reveal that Chamorro families are over represented in the category for ethnic groupings.

Students warned to lower their expectations

2 December 2004, 10:41 AEST

Education authorities in Papua new Guinea have warned parents of grade ten students about the lack of places in tertiary institutions.

Business Council positive on economic outlook

2 December 2004, 10:41 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Business community believes the country is making the right noises about trying to overcome its economic difficulties.

AIDS figures signal a looming crisis

1 December 2004, 16:57 AEST

Australia's nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, is on the cusp of a devastating problem with HIV/AIDS.

Vote of no-confidence to be debated

1 December 2004, 16:57 AEST

A vote of no confidence in Vanuatu's Prime Minister Serge Vohor is scheduled to be debated tomorrow afternoon.

Cautious optimism about PNG Economy

1 December 2004, 16:57 AEST

Papua New Guinea's troubled economy came in for much-needed praise today, with an Australian government report describing the outlook as "bright.

Region marks World Aids Day

1 December 2004, 11:29 AEST

Hundreds of thousands of folded red ribbons are being worn around the globe to mark World AIDS day, an international day of action to raise awareness of the virus.

Papua earthquake victims warned to stay alert

30 November 2004, 16:44 AEST

Indonesia's Red Cross is today warning the people of the West Papuan coastal town of Nabire to expect more damage as a result of aftershocks still being felt in the area.

USP Vice Chancellor row deepens

30 November 2004, 16:44 AEST

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have criticised the appointment of expatriate Australian, Professor Tony Tarr, as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific.

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