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.


Crackdown on suspect businesses

28 July 2005, 10:42 AEST

There's community tension in the Bougainville capital, Buka, as local traders claim they are losing out to illegal Chinese businessmen.

Noble MPs hold balance of power

28 July 2005, 10:42 AEST

The resolution by Tonga's parliament to support the pay demands of striking public servants is a stunning reversal for the Kingdom's Government.

Saipan's power crisis continues with rolling blackouts

28 July 2005, 10:42 AEST

Rolling blackouts have been affecting villages in the Northern Marianas this week, and are expected to continue for another 25 to 30 days.

Release of Phosphate Royalties Trust money hits legal snag

28 July 2005, 10:42 AEST

The Government of Nauru has won a favourable ruling from the Australian Tax Office over the status of the Nauru Phosphate Royalties Trust's remaining funds.

Great Council of Chiefs meet to discuss reconciliation bill

27 July 2005, 15:08 AEST

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs began meeting on Wednesday to discuss several major issues including the controversial unity and reconciliation bill.

Lifting of biscuit ban welcomed by Fiji

27 July 2005, 15:08 AEST

Fiji has welcomed and thanked Vanuatu for lifting the ban on Fiji made biscuits which was imposed five months ago.

Students hospitalised after police attack University dorms

27 July 2005, 15:08 AEST

As the dust settles at the University of Papua New Guinea after Monday night's unrest, allegations of police brutality are beginning to surface.

Bougainville Copper Ltd shares soar on news of Ona death

27 July 2005, 9:27 AEST

There has been a minor buying frenzy of Bougainville Copper Limited shares by speculative market traders on the Australian Stock Exchange following the death of Francis Ona.

University considers curfew to end violence

27 July 2005, 9:23 AEST

A total of five vehicles have now been set alight by students, as the dispute over the grading system at the University of Papua New Guinea continues into a third week.

Election date named as Labour Govt aims for historic third term

27 July 2005, 9:23 AEST

New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark has announced the country will go to the polls on the 17th of September, in what is expected to be a very tight election.

Nobles vote with People's MPs to support strikers

27 July 2005, 9:23 AEST

Tonga's parliament has voted to order the government to give in to the demands of striking civil servants.

Vehicles torched as trouble erupts again at PNG University

26 July 2005, 15:48 AEST

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea have set two university buses on fire and attempted to blow up a workshop, as anger over the university's grading system continues to simmer.

Francis Ona to receive state funeral from PNG Government

26 July 2005, 15:48 AEST

Former Bougainville rebel leader, Francis Ona, will be given the equivalent of a state funeral by the autonomous Bougainville Government.

Council of Chiefs to meet on controversial bill

26 July 2005, 15:48 AEST

Fiji's great council of chiefs are meeting on Wednesday to discuss the controversial tolerance, reconciliation and unity bill.

Parliament to debate civil service strike today

26 July 2005, 10:40 AEST

Tonga's parliament is set to debate the national strike by public servants later today.

University students return to class in defiance of boycott

26 July 2005, 10:40 AEST

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea are returning to lectures this week in significant numbers.

NGO groups say food shortage must be addressed collectively

26 July 2005, 10:40 AEST

The Reef Islands in Solomon islands remote eastern Temotu Province, are still suffering from severe food shortages, although the situation has improved slightly since relief supplies were brought in several weeks ago.

Beauty pageant not such a winner

26 July 2005, 10:40 AEST

Saturday night saw a world first, the crowning of Miss Vanuatu Tourism 2005.

Hopes that Enhanced Cooperation Program can be rescued

26 July 2005, 10:40 AEST

The Papua New Guinea Government is still hopeful it can reach an agreement with the Australian Government over the billion Australian dollar aid package to restore law and order in the country.

Stability remains elusive in Vanuatu politics

25 July 2005, 14:48 AEST

In this 25th year of independence in Vanuatu, there are mixed opinions as to how well the country has progressed.

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