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.


Getting parliament back on track

23 November 2004, 11:56 AEST

In Vanuatu, yesterday's extra-ordinary session of parliament was adjourned shortly after it began.

Dispute over striking workers escalates

23 November 2004, 11:56 AEST

In Solomon Islands, an on-going dispute between the striking workers and one of the country's largest private employers has escalated into what the company's management is describing as an illegal occupation of the company's premises.

Spy claims from Maori organisations

22 November 2004, 17:32 AEST

In New Zealand, claims that Maori organisations have been spied on by the the country's intelligence agency have led to calls for an independent inquiry.

Ombudsman post up for grabs

22 November 2004, 17:32 AEST

In Vanuatu the position of ombudsman is to be readvertised.

Renewed concerns about future for sugar cane farmers

22 November 2004, 17:32 AEST

Fiji's sugar farmers have been warned that they are facing poverty and a much more difficult life if the sugar industry is unable to dramatically improve its productivity.

Concerns about terrorism casting a shadow

22 November 2004, 12:19 AEST

A spate of arrests in Papua New Guinea over the importation of illegal gambling machines has again highlighted concerns over the presence in the country of illegal immigrants.

New AIDS Foundation hopes to reverse complacency

22 November 2004, 12:19 AEST

A group of volunteers in Samoa have banded together to setup an HIV/AIDS Foundation in Apia.

Secrets of undersea volcanoes revealed

22 November 2004, 12:19 AEST

A chain of undersea volcanoes stretching from New Zealand northwards into the Pacific has been found to contain life forms previously unknown to science, as well is rich mineral deposits which could be mined.

Repairing the psychological damage on Bougainville

22 November 2004, 12:19 AEST

Women and children who are victims of violence in Bougainville will now be able to find some solace and refuge at a new drop-in centre cum referral centre was opened on the Island.

When a culture becomes a dirty word

22 November 2004, 12:19 AEST

For some time now, the international media has been bombarded with news stories and articles about the waste in the Pacific.

Donor assistance crucial for police force reform : Analyst

19 November 2004, 17:21 AEST

A major review of the Papua New Guinea's police force has warned that unless drastic changes are made, law and order is in danger of total collapse in the country.

Light at the end of tunnel for Bougainvilleans

19 November 2004, 12:49 AEST

In Papua New Guinea autonomy for Bougainville has moved a step closer after the Bougainville Constituent Assembly (BCA) voted to accept the recommendations contained in the the fourth draft of the proposed Bougainville Constitution.

Encouraging but cautious feedback from aid donors

19 November 2004, 12:49 AEST

The Solomon Islands government says the country's major aid donors have indicated they are pleased with the progress of economic reforms and development plans in the country.

Media organisations merge after bitter battle

19 November 2004, 12:49 AEST

Journalism in the Pacific is today expected to receive a much needed shot in the arm, with the signing of an agreement to merge the region's two largest news services.

Angry Samoans threaten multi-million dollar lawsuit

18 November 2004, 17:14 AEST

A former New Zealand MP says his push to repeal a law he claims stripped Samoans of their right to New Zealand citizenship is now spilling over into Samoan politics.

Labour leader says he'll curry no favours with India

18 November 2004, 17:14 AEST

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry is today denying media reports suggesting he had links with the Chief Minister of India's Haryana State, whose government recently faced allegations of misusing funds.

PM succumbs to pressure over Taiwan

18 November 2004, 17:14 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Serge Vohor will tell the nation in a television address tonight that diplomatic relations with Taiwan have been terminated.

France invites leaders to Paris to resolve impasse

18 November 2004, 11:56 AEST

France's minister for overseas territories, Brigitte Girardin, has this week surprised her critics by inviting members of French Polynesia's feuding political groupings to travel to Paris to resolve the impasse.

Concern over the cost of airport security

18 November 2004, 11:55 AEST

There's renewed concern in some Pacific island countries about the costs of beefing up airport security as a January 2006 deadline for anti-terrorism measures approaches.

Controversial courthouse opens

17 November 2004, 17:30 AEST

A courthouse donated to the Cook Islands by China is being formally opened on Thursday November 18 although some people will be boycotting the ceremony.

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