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

Civil service unions resist public sector reforms

9 November 2004, 12:21 AEST

The sharp decline in Fiji's economic growth, revealed by last week's budget, has renewed interest in reforms to the public sector.

Courthouse opening sparks Chinese human rights debate

9 November 2004, 12:21 AEST

There's been a call for a boycott of the opening of a new Chinese-funded courthouse in the Cook Islands.

Asylum seekers plea for better conditions

9 November 2004, 12:21 AEST

The eighty or so remaining asylum seekers on Nauru are pleading with Australia and New Zealand to accept them.

Territory waits for French State Council ruling

8 November 2004, 17:21 AEST

Tomorrow could see the start of a resolution to French Polynesia's political impasse.

President confident as counting continues

8 November 2004, 17:21 AEST

In Palau, the counting of votes is still going on a week after the general election.

PM to push ahead with Taiwan

8 November 2004, 17:21 AEST

In Vanuatu where, in spite of opposition from the Council of Ministers to the signing of a comminique with Taiwan last week, the Prime Minister is maintaining the relationship will go ahead.

Government says workplace change is inevitable

8 November 2004, 17:21 AEST

The Fiji government says unions have been kept fully informed about public sector reforms and some of them have already agreed to the changes.

Reforms ignore culture say public sector unions

8 November 2004, 17:21 AEST

The sharp decline in Fiji's economic growth, revealed by last week's budget, has renewed interest in reforms to the public sector.

USP's controversial new appointment

8 November 2004, 12:57 AEST

In Fiji, there is controversy over the appointment of an United-States-based Australian Law Professor as the new Vice-chancellor of the University of the South Pacific.

Christmas Island back on the airline route

8 November 2004, 12:57 AEST

Kiribati's remote eastern outpost of Christmas Island is about to get a new air link to the outside world.

Removing the stigma of HIV/AIDS

8 November 2004, 12:57 AEST

In Papua New Guinea a national awareness campaign to reduce the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS was launched recently in the country's capital Port Moresby.

Weather summit builds co-operation

8 November 2004, 12:57 AEST

As the Pacific prepares for cyclone season, meteorologists from the two Samoas are looking at how they can co-operate more efficiently during times of natural disasters.

Concerns over tobacco use among teens

8 November 2004, 12:57 AEST

In Australia the anti-smoking Quit campaign has been very successful, and health authorities worldwide are developing programmes warning of the perils of tobacco addiction.

Congressman celebrates 9th term

5 November 2004, 17:11 AEST

American Samoa's long-serving Congressman has been re-elected.

Economy suffers as key exports decline

5 November 2004, 17:11 AEST

Economic growth in Fiji has been hit by a continuing international push for more free trade.

Taiwan welcomes diplomatic agreement

5 November 2004, 12:47 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Serge Vohor has surprised even members of his own party by signing a comminique establishing diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Forum cautious about political turmoil

5 November 2004, 12:47 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum is reacting cautiously to a call for the grouping to take action on French Polynesia where the dispute over the territory's presidency continues.

Police dispatched to village riot

5 November 2004, 12:47 AEST

A police riot squad has flown from Kiribati's capital Tarawa to restore peace on the outer island of Butaritari.

Protesters blockade government offices

4 November 2004, 17:37 AEST

In French Polynesia, key government buildings are being blockaded as the dispute over the territory's presidency continues.

Call for caution over university project

4 November 2004, 17:37 AEST

Representatives of an Australian based company are in Solomon Islands today, hoping to convince authorities there to allow him to set up a new University.

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