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

Two claimants to presidency

26 October 2004, 13:27 AEST

Gaston Flosse is once again President of French Polynesia after France's highest administrative tribunal, the State Council ruled that a montion of no confidence that toppled former President Oscar Temaru two weeks ago was valid.

Forum to make recommendations on election process

26 October 2004, 13:27 AEST

Nauru's most recent political crisis comes at a time of heightened international awareness of the island's economic predicament.

Reconciliation efforts criticised by former hostage

26 October 2004, 13:27 AEST

In Fiji, the daughter of the country's former President, the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara has questioned the sincerity of the government's recent efforts to promote reconciliation across the country.

Scotty government returned with mandate for reform

25 October 2004, 11:36 AEST

The people of Nauru went to the polls over the weekend and have voted overwhelming for reform in their island nation.

Governor attempts to rescue palm oil jobs

25 October 2004, 11:36 AEST

The Governor of Papua New Guinea's West New Britain province says he'll hold urgent talks with PNG's prime minister about the future of 2500 jobs at risk.

Government to tackle urbanisation problem

25 October 2004, 11:36 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the government says it will soon table a report on its policy to control the country's increasing problem of urban migration.

Genetic ownership rights of mamala tree questioned

25 October 2004, 11:36 AEST

A prominent environmentalist has expressed outrage over a research agreement between Samoa and an American university.

Treasurer promises early resolution to World Bank dispute

25 October 2004, 11:36 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Treasurer Bart Philemon is in the final stages of preparing his 2005 budget.

Prime Minister faces parliamentary impeachment vote

22 October 2004, 13:07 AEST

Tonga's prime minister is facing impeachment.

Chinese community angered by police operation

22 October 2004, 13:07 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the clampdown on illegal horse-race gambling machines has prompted the leader of the local Chinese community to accuse the police of heavy-handedness.

Doubts cast over reasons for constitutional amendment

22 October 2004, 13:07 AEST

Transparency International -- an NGO promoting good governance -- is questioning the Vanuatu government's motives in wanting to amend the constitution.

Questions raised over accountability of RAMSI

22 October 2004, 13:07 AEST

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands is suffering from a lack of adequate accountability mechanisms, according to a Dutch academic Iris Wielders.

Territories unscathed by Typhoon Nock-ten

22 October 2004, 13:07 AEST

Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have been spared the wrath of Typhoon Nock-ten.

Concern over leprosy cases in the Pacific

22 October 2004, 13:07 AEST

The Pacific Leprosy Foundation in New Zealand has called for calm after a patient in the country was diagnosed with the disease.

Administrative errors stall amendment debate

22 October 2004, 13:07 AEST

In Vanuatu, Thursday afternoon's third day of special sittings of parliament to discuss amendments to the constitution was cut short.

Three plead guilty to November 2000 mutiny

21 October 2004, 13:13 AEST

A court martial for 58 Fiji soldiers charged with mutiny got underway in Suva yesterday.

MP dismisses reports of across-the-board democratic vote

21 October 2004, 13:13 AEST

A senior Tongan parliamentarian has denied claims that the Kingdom's Legislative Assembly has agreed to draft legislation to have all MPs elected democratically.

MPs' vote kick-starts constitutional debate

21 October 2004, 13:13 AEST

Vanuatu's MPs voted almost unanimously on Wednesday evening to allow a bill of six proposed amendments to the country's Constitution to be debated.

Country awaits election appeal outcome

21 October 2004, 13:13 AEST

Two appeals against election results in the Cook Islands have been deferred until the New Zealand Court of Appeal determines whether a section of the Electoral Act is in fact valid.

Government-linked company implicated in coin scam

21 October 2004, 13:13 AEST

A US company has been charged for marketing commemorative coins, purportedly made from silver recovered from the site of the World Trade Centre collapse.

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