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.


Challenge to legality of Enhanced Cooperation Program

8 December 2004, 16:55 AEST

The Morobe provincial government in Papua New Guinea was in the Supreme Court today, seeking confirmation of the validity of the AUD$900 million Enhanced Cooperation Program (ECP).

Volcanic ash mining deal collapses

8 December 2004, 11:33 AEST

Negotiations to mine pozzolan on one of the islands in the Northern Marianas have fallen through.

Military denies it's playing politics

8 December 2004, 11:33 AEST

Fiji's military has reportedly denied having any hand in the transferring of the secretary of the country's president.

Ousted president prepares for Tahiti elections

7 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

Protesters are still occupying the Presidency and public offices in Tahiti, as French Polynesia prepares for partial elections in February.

Central bank announces changes to foreign exchange controls

7 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

The Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Wilson Kamit, has announced sweeping changes to foreign exchange controls, removing almost all restrictions on moving money in and out of the country.

Manam Island evacuation continues

7 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

Evacuation efforts in Papua New Guinea's Manam Island resumed today, after being temporarily halted while a ship transporting evacuees was docked for repairs.

Two Australians found guilty in 'mystery flight' trials

7 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

To Papua New Guinea, now, where the trial of the so-called "mystery flights" into Bougainville came to a close yesterday.

National pride lures rugby players home

7 December 2004, 12:26 AEST

The new Cook Islands tri-nations rugby league tournament is luring players home from abroad.

Fishing boat highlights maritime boundary dispute

7 December 2004, 12:26 AEST

Last week, a Taiwanese fishing boat registered in Fiji was seized by the French Navy, allegedly fishing in New Caledonia's Exclusive Economic Zone.

Churchgoing Pacific Islanders offended by civil union bil

7 December 2004, 12:26 AEST

A bill to provide homosexual couples in New Zealand with the option of civil unions could lead to a backlash from church going Pacific islanders.

Australia asked for help as gas pipeline becomes reality

7 December 2004, 12:26 AEST

Papua New Guinea is to ask Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, and Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, to play a personal role in assisting the PNG to Queensland gas pipeline become a reality.

Mining gets an upbeat assesment

6 December 2004, 17:20 AEST

Papua New Guinea is experiencing a boom in oil and gas exploration that's bringing in more investment dollars than at any time since the early 1990's.

Fiji vs Vanuatu in biscuit trade war

6 December 2004, 11:36 AEST

Fiji and Vanuautu are facing off in a dispute which is threatening to escalate into a mini-trade war.

Falsely convicted women turn down compensation

6 December 2004, 11:36 AEST

Three young Pacific Island women in New Zealand have rejected compensation offered by the government, for being jailed for a crime they did not commit.

Dispute over evacuation of volcano victims

6 December 2004, 11:36 AEST

Provincial disaster officials in Papua New Guinea's Madang Province have been accused of sabotaging a community evacuation program following a volcanic eruption on Manam Island.

Opposition to astronomy project on Mauna Kea

6 December 2004, 11:36 AEST

A group of environmentalists and cultural activists in Hawaii are fighting to stop a controversial astronomy project on Mauna Kea, the state's highest mountain.

Chiefs call for discussions on nickel project

6 December 2004, 11:36 AEST

Kanak tribal leaders are threatening to block construction of a nickel project in the south of New Caledonia, unless there are discussions on environmental and economic impacts.

Asbestos waste raises concern

6 December 2004, 11:36 AEST

Cyclone Heta hit the tiny Pacific island of Niue almost a year ago, but its impact is still being felt.

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.

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