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.


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.

Rebel leader Francis Ona confirmed dead

25 July 2005, 14:48 AEST

The instigator of the Bougainville secessionist war, Francis Ona, is dead.

PSA warns strike action may spread if demands not met

25 July 2005, 10:23 AEST

Tonga's three thousand public servants went on strike on Friday, the first national strike in Tonga's history.

Mail Service to cease in one week

25 July 2005, 10:23 AEST

The tuna fishing industry is under threat in the Marshall Islands according to the President of the airline responsible for half of the island's postal service.

Coffee industry requests Govt assistance for remote growers

25 July 2005, 10:23 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Coffee industry has urged the PNG government to fund and assist coffee growers in remote areas bring their coffee to major ports for export.

South Sea Islanders attend Aust Blackbirding conference

25 July 2005, 10:23 AEST

A conference for south sea islanders was held in the north eastern Australian state of Queensland last week, dealing with the 19th century practice known as "black birding.

Tax not returning

25 July 2005, 10:23 AEST

The people of Guam can forget about this years' tax returns as the government is still resolving 2003 rebates.

Lakalaka gets international help

25 July 2005, 10:23 AEST

Preserving and passing on aspects of traditional Pacific cultures is always a difficult thing in this age of satellite television, air travel and the internet.

Public servants strike

22 July 2005, 15:01 AEST

Tonga's three thousand public servants are on strike.

All passengers rescued after ship sinks

22 July 2005, 15:01 AEST

Vessels passing through the area near Maro'u Bay in Solomon Islands are being warned to watch out for a partially submerged ship which sank in the area on Thursday.

Army Commander to address Great Council of Chiefs

22 July 2005, 15:01 AEST

Fiji military commander Frank Bainimarama has accepted an invitation to speak at next weeks Great Council of Chiefs meeting.

New voting system for national elections

22 July 2005, 10:45 AEST

A new voting system is to be introduced in Solomon Islands but not until after next year's national elections.

University semester to continue despite student boycott

22 July 2005, 10:45 AEST

The dispute at the University of Papua New Guinea appears to have been resolved.

Anti reconciliation bill protest proceeds peacefully

22 July 2005, 10:45 AEST

The anti-reconciliation bill rally in Suva went ahead without incident yesterday evening, despite organisers preparing for the possibility of counter-demonstrators causing trouble.

President calls on banks to provide wider service

22 July 2005, 10:45 AEST

The President of Bougainville Joseph Kabui says Bougainvilleans are in the midst of a serious banking crisis and has challenged the major banks to solve the problem.

History Association holds conference

22 July 2005, 10:45 AEST

The Tongan History Association held its biennial conference in Melbourne last week, with President Elizabeth Wood-Ellem saying it provides a unique forum for Tongan and palagi scholars to get together.

Funding to help secure fresh water source

21 July 2005, 15:00 AEST

Australia may have refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol to address the issue of global warming, but it has made two million Australian dollars available to Kiribati to deal assist with the effects of a possible rise in sea levels.

President welcomes decision to drop election court action

21 July 2005, 9:05 AEST

The President of Bougainville has welcomed a decision by the former governor, John Momis, to drop his court action challenging the election result.

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