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

Concerns over racial profiling by police

12 October 2004, 11:37 AEST

Human rights group Amnesty International has called on authorities in Hawaii to ban racial profiling.

UN reassured on Bougainville peace process

12 October 2004, 11:37 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government has assured the United Nations that every effort is being made to bring about a successful outcome for the Peace process on Bougainville.

Region told to step up fight against HIV-AIDS

12 October 2004, 11:37 AEST

This week, Fiji is playing host to the Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on Population and Development on HIV/AIDS.

Soccer team fails to down Australia in Honiara

11 October 2004, 16:25 AEST

The Solomon Islands soccer team will have its reputation to defend when it takes to the field in Sydney tomorrow.

Government falls as France refuses new elections

11 October 2004, 16:25 AEST

In French Polynesia, the government led by President Oscar Temaru has been defeated in a no-confidence motion, after serving just four months in office.

Toafa sworn in as Prime Minister

11 October 2004, 16:25 AEST

Former deputy prime minister Maatia Toafa is the new prime minister of Tuvalu.

Conservative government coalition returned to power.

11 October 2004, 12:11 AEST

Australians went to the polls this past weekend in a general election and re-elected the Howard Liberal coalition for record 4th time with an increase in its primary vote.

Government ratings boost with tight financial control

11 October 2004, 12:11 AEST

The Cook Islands government is pleased its international credit rating has been upgraded.

Business as usual for locals during sex abuse trial

11 October 2004, 12:11 AEST

Pitcairn Island has been the centre of much scrutiny over the past couple of weeks as seven of its men stand trial on charges of sex abuse.

From fast money to grassroots 'savings groups'

11 October 2004, 12:11 AEST

The banking system on Bougainville was badly disrupted during the conflict of the 1990s, and even after the peace settlement, many villagers lost their savings in fast money pyramid schemes.

Stateless granted US citizenship

11 October 2004, 12:11 AEST

Three hundred "stateless" individuals in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have been formally recognised as American citizens.

Banned newspaper to hit stands by week's end

11 October 2004, 12:00 AEST

The Times of Tonga newspaper, banned several times by the Tongan government, hopes to be back on sale in the Kingdom by Thursday.

Australian 'Prince' wanted by authorities

8 October 2004, 16:42 AEST

Papua New Guinea says a self-styled Australian "Prince" promising money and riches is at the centre of a mysterious unauthorised landing by a plane at a disused airport in the troubled province of Bougainville.

Country gears up for soccer showdown

8 October 2004, 16:42 AEST

It's not often that a sports story gets this much attention in the Pacific.

Media restriction laws thrown out

8 October 2004, 16:42 AEST

Tonga's Chief Justice has declared two acts of parliament restricting media freedom invalid.

UN expertise needed to remove chemical stockpile

8 October 2004, 13:39 AEST

Solomon Islands recently ratified the Convention on the Prohibition, Development, Production, Stockpiling of Chemical Weapons and their Destruction.

Think tank urges NZ to beef up its regional presence

8 October 2004, 13:39 AEST

New Zealand needs to lift its diplomatic game in the Pacific in response to increased Australian presence in the region.

Unusual safeguards for traditional knowledge

8 October 2004, 13:39 AEST

Samoa has given an American university the go-ahead to conduct research on a native plant, believed to contain a substance which could help treat HIV-AIDS.

MP says parliament hasn't discussed NZ economic cooperation

7 October 2004, 15:13 AEST

A Niue politician is complaining that a vital economic cooperation plan with New Zealand hasn't been discussed by the island's parliament.

Authorities to contact foreign pilots in Bougainville

7 October 2004, 15:13 AEST

Authorities in Papua New Guinea want to speak to two men who arrived on the island of Bougainville on an unauthorised flight.

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