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.


Economic and Privatisation Plans

5 August 2005, 15:10 AEST

Solomon Islands Finance Minister, Peter Boyers, says his country will better IMF predictions for its future.

Country confident of removal from blacklist within months

5 August 2005, 11:12 AEST

Nauru is predicting it will be removed from the international money laundering black list in two months.

Strikers reject latest government offer

5 August 2005, 11:11 AEST

Tonga's public service strike enters its second week on Friday, with no resolution in sight.

Samoan citizenship issue to go to UN Committee

5 August 2005, 11:11 AEST

A former New Zealand MP says his push to repeal a law he claims stripped Samoans of their right to New Zealand citizenship is going to the United Nations.

Biscuit dispute not over yet

5 August 2005, 11:11 AEST

Biscuit makers in Fiji are angry with Vanuatu's latest move in the biscuit ban saga as high tariffs and restrictive quotas are introduced.

Big strike march planned for Monday

4 August 2005, 15:15 AEST

Tonga's public service strike enters its second week on Friday with no resolution in sight, and talk of strikers setting up their own alternative ministers.

Sports Minister prepares for Apia Games in 2007

4 August 2005, 15:15 AEST

Samoa's Education and sports minister is in Palau to lend support to athletes and underline Samoa's seniority within the SPG Council, as Apia prepares to host the 2007 Games.

Biscuit war may not be over as Vanuatu considers duty

4 August 2005, 10:11 AEST

It seems the war of words over Vanuatu's ban on Fiji's cabin biscuits may not be over.

French Administrator supports King's opponents

4 August 2005, 10:11 AEST

A supporter of the King of Wallis has been appointed as chief of Mata 'Utu, the capital of Wallis and Futuna.

Artificial coral aims to rescue real reefs from destruction

4 August 2005, 10:11 AEST

There's an ambitious program in Fiji to completely replace the export of live coral reef rock with a trade in artificial live rock within five years.

Disability advocates win human rights

4 August 2005, 10:11 AEST

Getting disabled youth integrated into mainstream education was the main topic at this year's Pacific Regional Disability workshop in Fiji.

Court strikes down Hawaiian-only school policy

3 August 2005, 14:41 AEST

A United States federal appeals court has struck down Hawaii's Kamehameha Schools' policy of admitting only Native Hawaiians, saying it amounts to unlawful racial discrimination.

Govt yet to explain arrest of woman with cash and passports

3 August 2005, 14:41 AEST

The Vanuatu Government is yet to provide an explanation for the detention of a business-woman at New Caledonia airport who was carrying a large sum of undeclared cash and a number of passports.

Asian Development Bank opens new Pacific office

3 August 2005, 14:41 AEST

The President of the Asian Development Bank, Haruhiko Kuroda, officially opened the ADB's new Pacific Liaison and Co-ordination office in Sydney this morning.

New threats of blockades by former GIP leader

3 August 2005, 11:25 AEST

The Government of French Polynesia is negotiating with unions to avoid a flare up in its long-running dispute over the Polynesian Intervention Group - the GIP.

Calls for Pacific leaders to pressure Indonesia on Papua

3 August 2005, 11:25 AEST

There have been renewed calls for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island leaders to pressure the Indonesian government to look into allegations of human rights abuses in Papua province.

Investment bill delayed by lack of MPs

3 August 2005, 11:25 AEST

The Parliament of Solomon Islands was supposed to meet on Tuesday to consider key legislation, including a proposed Foreign Investment Bill.

Divine intervention assists Fiji's Beach Volleyball team

2 August 2005, 15:18 AEST

Fiji's womens beach volleyball team is enjoying a little divine intervention at this year's South Pacific mini Games in Palau.

Govt investigates website consul scam

2 August 2005, 15:18 AEST

The Vanuatu Government says its concerned by the appearance of a website which invites people to apply to act as honorary consuls for Vanuatu around the world.

Overseas Tongans asked to assist PSA strikers

2 August 2005, 15:18 AEST

As Tonga's public service strike drags on into its second week, Tongans living overseas are finding themselves taking sides in the dispute.

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