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

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.

An innovative approach to solving energy problems

14 December 2004, 12:10 AEST

In Fiji, the big timber company Tropik Wood, has a plan which will reduce its electricity costs and help ease the country's power supply crisis.

Renewed concerns about exposed asbestos

14 December 2004, 12:10 AEST

The Niue Government is being urged to make a decision on the disposal of more than 2,000 cubic metres of asbestos from roofs and walls of the 650 houses demolished by the cyclone Heta last January.

Cyclone season makes its presence felt

14 December 2004, 12:10 AEST

Fiji was bracing itself last night for what might have been its first cyclone this season.

Broadband internet on the horizon

14 December 2004, 12:10 AEST

Broadband access to the internet will be available to people living in Fiji for the first time, in 2005.

Region on storm alert

14 December 2004, 12:10 AEST

A tropical depression is moving towards Vanuatu after it passed the Fiji group last night.

Ireland lifts ban on calls to Pacific

13 December 2004, 11:29 AEST

Ireland's communications regulator has lifted a ban on direct phone calls to 13 countries, including eight from the Pacific.

High speed internet access arrives

13 December 2004, 11:29 AEST

Broadband access to the internet will be available for the first time to people living in Fiji, in 2005.

Book criticises US press coverage of nuclear tests

13 December 2004, 11:29 AEST

A Hawaiian professor of Journalism earlier this year published a book on what the American press did not reveal about the nuclear testing carried out in the Pacific some sixty years ago.

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