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

Army Chief threatens to remove Government

13 July 2005, 15:03 AEST

A political crisis appears to be looming in Fiji.

Conservative Alliance wants Army commander disciplined

13 July 2005, 15:03 AEST

Meanwhile, Fiji's Conservative Alliance, the junior coalition partner in Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's government, is calling for the military commander to be disciplined.

University student protest struggles for traction

13 July 2005, 15:03 AEST

The students responsible for destroying three vehicles at the University of Papua New Guinea and threatening to bomb to the Vice Chancellors office appear to be struggling to find support for their cause.

By-election in Noble seat

13 July 2005, 15:03 AEST

A by-election for a vacancy in Tonga's parliament will be held on Thursday, but only 12 people can participate, because the vacancy is in one of the nine seats reserved for the Nobles.

New political party challanges country's leadership

13 July 2005, 13:34 AEST

A new political party was launched this week in Solomon Islands.

Debt forgiveness unlikely to succeed

13 July 2005, 10:25 AEST

A call from a Vanuatu cabinet minister to have the country's debt cancelled is unlikely to be echoed in other parts of the Pacific, according to an academic specialising in development issues.

New approach in fight against Malaria

13 July 2005, 10:25 AEST

There's good news on the fight against malaria, and it comes from a place not usually associated with the tropical disease, Australia's southern island state of Tasmania.

Cars set alight in violent protests at University

12 July 2005, 15:11 AEST

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea says violent student protests will not alter the University's decision to expel under achieving students from future courses.

Government and Union back to negotiations over NPF management

12 July 2005, 15:11 AEST

The threat of widespread strike action in Solomon Islands appears to have been averted, with delegates from the Council of Trade Unions and the Government preparing to meet again on Wednesday.

Catholic Church highlights prostitution concerns

12 July 2005, 15:11 AEST

The head of the Catholic Church in Kiribati has appealed to the Government to immediately address the worsening issue of prostitution in the country.

No return for Bluefin Tuna

12 July 2005, 15:11 AEST

A fisherman in the Cook Islands has snagged a single Bluefin tuna that fetched 42 thousand US dollars on the Japanese market.

Union strike over workers millions

12 July 2005, 11:52 AEST

The Solomon Islands Government is under pressure to address workers social security concerns, with the Council of Trade Unions threatening across the board strike action.

EPG Report gives RAMSI thumbs-up

12 July 2005, 11:52 AEST

A review of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has now been released for general scrutiny.

On the way to a vote on free association

12 July 2005, 11:49 AEST

The Administrator of Tokelau says the New Zealand territory could hold a referendum on self-determination before the end of the year.

Coral Gardens project replicated around Pacific

11 July 2005, 15:02 AEST

One of the most extraordinary successes of Pacific Ocean environmental protection is an unusual restoration project on Fiji's Coral Coast.

Muslim leader condemns London bombings

11 July 2005, 15:02 AEST

The President of the Fiji Muslim League has condemned the bombings in London as un-Islamic.

Union threatens strike over National Provident Fund

11 July 2005, 15:02 AEST

The Solomon Islands Government is under pressure to address workers social security concerns, with the Council of Trade Unions threatening across the board strike action.

GUAM Indigenous activists react to new Chamorro monument

11 July 2005, 9:17 AEST

The American navy and National Parks in Guam are collaborating in a project to build a monument in memory of 33 indigenous people who were murdered by Japanese soldiers during World War Two.

Pohiva says no answer from King on Shoreline petition

11 July 2005, 9:17 AEST

Tonga's Human Rights and Democracy Movement is worried about how long it is taking for the King to respond to a petition expressing concern about the country's private power company, Shoreline.

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard listed for possible closure

11 July 2005, 9:17 AEST

The jobs of about four thousand workers at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard may be at risk.

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