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.


Respected leader dies

26 November 2004, 13:24 AEST

Papua New Guinea's business and government leaders are today mourning the death of one of the country's leading executives and senior academics.

Labour Party goes into official opposition mode

25 November 2004, 16:31 AEST

Fiji's Labour Party has abandoned negotiations with the government over joining the cabinet.

Further scrutiny by OCED blacklist delegation

25 November 2004, 16:31 AEST

The head of the Cook Islands Financial Intelligence Unit says Cook Islands has done everything it can to get its name removed from the money laundering blacklist kept by the oeCD's Financial Action Task Force.

Fight for survival for smaller airlines

25 November 2004, 16:31 AEST

The newest entrant into the Pacific's aviation industry, has rejected claims that it is pushing smaller regional operators to the wall.

No messing with WMD threat

25 November 2004, 11:47 AEST

A Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team is being set-up on Guam.

Evacuation warnings for volcano victims

25 November 2004, 11:47 AEST

Papua New Guinea disaster authorities are ramping up their contingency plans after a volcano on Manam Island off the coast of Madang increased activity.

Fears Bouganivilleans being robbed of copra earnings

25 November 2004, 11:47 AEST

Authorities in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville are concerned about the illegal trade of locally produced copra, which they say is being exported illegally through Solomon Islands.

Former Jewel in the Crown finally sold

25 November 2004, 11:47 AEST

The receivers appointed to sell off Nauru's Australian property portfolio have sold the lot for a total of 340 million Australian dollars.

Strong relationship with NZ crucial : High Commissioner

25 November 2004, 11:47 AEST

Niue's High Commissioner in New Zealand is returning home to stand for parliament in the elections scheduled for early next year.

Chief guilty of mutiny

25 November 2004, 11:47 AEST

In Fiji a high chief found guilty of inciting a mutiny in November 2000 is expected to be sentenced in the High Court today (Wednesday 24 November ).

USP staff refusing to back down on VC issue

25 November 2004, 11:47 AEST

In Fiji, the controversy over the appointment of expatriate Australian, Professor Tony Tarr, as Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific continues with the 3 university staff unions writing to the Chairman and Members of the University Council expressing their concern and apprehension.

Opposition threatens motion of no confidence

25 November 2004, 11:47 AEST

In Vanuatu, the Leader of the Opposition, Sato Kilman, has given notice of his intention to table a motion of no confidence in prime minister Serge Vohor.

Police call for tougher action on illegal fishing

23 November 2004, 17:07 AEST

In Solomon Islands renewed efforts to stamp out illegal fishing in territorial waters are showing shown early signs of success.

Legality of political reforms questioned

23 November 2004, 17:07 AEST

Tonga's pro-democracy movement says the recently announced political reforms may not be able to go ahead because they're unconstitutional.

Concerns about rate of logging

23 November 2004, 17:07 AEST

Non government organisations in Solomon Islands are urging the government and international donors to address the an issue they say can no longer be put on the back burner.

Australian Police arrive in Port Moresby

23 November 2004, 11:56 AEST

Australian police are preparing to hit the beat in the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby.

A report card on corruption in the region

23 November 2004, 11:56 AEST

Corruption is one of the scourge's of modern life.

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.

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