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

Pacific unions may assist striking civil servants

30 August 2005, 11:00 AEST

New Zealand, Australian and Pacific island trade unions are soon to be approached about providing assistance to the striking public servants in Tonga.

Smaller parties hold key of political outcome

30 August 2005, 11:00 AEST

It's just three weeks now until Election Day in New Zealand, in what's shaping as one of the closest polls in years.

Tourist walks free as 'sodomy' charge dropped

29 August 2005, 14:42 AEST

An Australian tourist was scheduled to leave Fiji on Saturday after the country's High Court overturned his conviction under anti-homosexuality laws.

Gates Foundation funds malaria research

29 August 2005, 14:42 AEST

PNG's Institute of Medical Research has received a research grant of US $2.

New Zealand arbitrators fails to resolve impasse

29 August 2005, 14:42 AEST

Tonga's ongoing civil servants' strike appears to have reached an impasse, with the three-man team of arbitrators from New Zealand flying home at the weekend.

Forum delegation builds closer ties

29 August 2005, 14:42 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum has been working to build closer links with the French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

Forum delegation discusses PICTA

26 August 2005, 16:57 AEST

This week has seen two initiatives to build links between the Pacific Islands Forum and the French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

High court rules 'private' gay sex legal

26 August 2005, 16:57 AEST

Fiji's High Court overturned the conviction of two men, who had been charged under the country's so-called "sodomy laws".

Concerns over Australian regional recruiting plan

26 August 2005, 16:57 AEST

Concerns are being raised about an idea being considered in Australia - to recruit Pacific Islanders into the ranks of the Australian Army.

Government denies strike talks have broken down

26 August 2005, 16:57 AEST

The Tongan government insists negotiations with striking public servants are still on, despite the Public Service Association announcing that they have withdrawn from the talks.

Scaled-back ECP aid program welcomed

26 August 2005, 16:57 AEST

The controversial Australian Enhanced Co-operation Program aid package to Papua New Guinea is on again, after an agreement was reached between the two countries.

Diaspora Tongans united in support of strike

26 August 2005, 12:36 AEST

The effects of the public service strike in Tonga are being felt in overseas Tongan communities, especially those in New Zealand.

Visa requirements strain relations with American Samoa

26 August 2005, 12:36 AEST

Neighbourly relations between the Samoas have taken another nosedive, following reports that some American Samoan soldiers have been denied entry into Samoa.

Strikers end negotiations with government

25 August 2005, 15:12 AEST

The Tongan public servants strike has now reached an impasse, with talks between the strikers and cabinet breaking down.

High Court to decided on gay appeal

25 August 2005, 15:12 AEST

Fiji's High Court will announce on Friday whether it has accepted an appeal by two men, who are facing lengthy jail sentences under the country's controversial homosexuality laws.

Doctor recruitment proves a headache

25 August 2005, 15:12 AEST

American Samoa's LBJ Hospital rates as one of the worst health care providers in the region.

Opposition moves for anti-government vote

25 August 2005, 13:14 AEST

The opposition in the Republic of the Marshall Islands is today expected to present a motion of no confidence in the government to the speaker of parliament.

Australia concedes police immunity unrealistic

25 August 2005, 13:14 AEST

Australia and Papua New Guinea have come to an agreement that will revive the collapsed billion-dollar aid package, the Enhanced Co-operation Program.

Fears poor pay could spark pilot exodus

25 August 2005, 13:14 AEST

A former senior pilot with the Solomon Islands national carrier, Solomon Airlines, is warning that the company could lose all its pilots to other carriers.

NZ Green Party MP wants more support for democracy

25 August 2005, 13:14 AEST

A New Zealand MP who has just visited Tonga wants his country and Australia to do more to support democracy.

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