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

HIV now country's number one killer

18 August 2005, 8:00 AEST

Australian medical experts have warned that Papua New Guinea is facing a major humanitarian and economic crisis, as a result of HIV-AIDS.

Support for removal of Papuan activist at MSG

18 August 2005, 8:00 AEST

A Papuan leader in PNG has supported the removal of a Papuan observer from the Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting underway in Goroka, describing the observer's presence as an embarrassment for the Papuan People.

Mining company to drill for uranium

17 August 2005, 15:34 AEST

The world's smallest independent country could be sitting on ten per cent of the world's uranium reserves.

Police undeterred by Kaitani acquittal

17 August 2005, 15:23 AEST

A prominent Fiji cabinet minister is celebrating this week, after the country's High Court acquitted him of charges that he took part in the May 2000 coup.

Trade war gathers momentum at MSG

17 August 2005, 15:23 AEST

The trade war which is brewing at the MSG meeting in Papua New Guinea doesn't look like being resolved any time soon.

Premier says mine decision may go to referendum

17 August 2005, 15:23 AEST

Niue's premier says the possibility of uranium being mined on the island is exciting, but there are a lot of hurdles to clear before any decisions are taken.

Reports government may retaliate on trade

17 August 2005, 15:23 AEST

Fiji's media is reporting today that Cabinet has given the go ahead to place a ban on Kava from Vanuatu.

China to fund highway rehabilitation

17 August 2005, 11:17 AEST

Papua New Guinea has announced that the Chinese government will help fund the rehabilitation of the country's Highlands Highway.

Anger over US Mormon youth gang allegations

17 August 2005, 11:17 AEST

A Tongan community newspaper in the American state of Utah is in hot water for publicly raising the issue of gang violence among Mormon youth.

Archeologists discuss lapita findings

17 August 2005, 11:17 AEST

The past year has been an exceptional one for archaeologists in the Pacific.

Kaitani says acquittal will end coup innuendo

17 August 2005, 11:17 AEST

Fiji Transport Minister Simione Kaitani says his acquittal this week from coup-related charges should lay to rest all suggestions that he played a part in the events of May 2000.

Police commissioner defends Kaitani prosecution

16 August 2005, 15:10 AEST

Fiji Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes has defended the ultimately unsuccessful prosecution of Fiji's transport minister, Simione Kaitani.

MSG trade officials can't resolve differences

16 August 2005, 15:10 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, trade ministers at the Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting in Goroka have agreed to disagree.

Expert calls for new deal on decentralisation

16 August 2005, 10:24 AEST

Papua New Guinea needs a new deal on decentralisation, according to the Sydney-based Lowy Institute's PNG-expert, Ben Scott.

Efforts to strengthen border security

16 August 2005, 10:24 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government says it plans to strengthen security along its borders with Australia, Indonesia, Solomon Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Kaitani's lawyer attacks DPP evidence

16 August 2005, 10:24 AEST

The lawyer representing Fiji's Transport Minister is calling on Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions to review the way in which it prosecutes cases, following his client's acquittal.

Lange accused of overreacting to 1987 coup

15 August 2005, 15:14 AEST

Former New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange will be farewelled in a small and private family funeral this week, after he died in hospital during the weekend aged 63.

Minister acquitted of coup involvement

15 August 2005, 15:14 AEST

A prominent Government Minister in Fiji has been acquitted of charges relating to the May 2000 coup.

Floods prompt State of Emergency declaration

15 August 2005, 15:14 AEST

A state of emergency has been declared in Bougainville after severe floods and rising sea levels washed away several villages on the mainland and in the atolls.

Delegates at MSG told to life their game

15 August 2005, 15:14 AEST

The five member nations of the Melanesian Spearhead Group have begun meeting in Papua New Guinea today.

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