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

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.

Police on alert for soccer violence

7 October 2004, 15:13 AEST

Soccer fans in Solomon Islands may be looking forward to supporting their team in the Confederation Cup Soccer match on Saturday.

Poems and songs fit for a Queen

7 October 2004, 15:13 AEST

The poems, songs, laments and lullabies of the late Queen Salote Tupou, mother of the current King of Tonga, have been compiled in a new book.

Riot police arrive for no confidence motion

7 October 2004, 15:13 AEST

Two squadrons of French riot police are being sent to Tahiti, after the opposition lodged a no-confidence motion against the government of President Oscar Temaru.

Pacific observers to keep close eye on election

6 October 2004, 16:45 AEST

A team of observers from a number of Pacific Island countries will be going to Nauru to observe the upcoming elections.

Survey shows population in decline

6 October 2004, 16:45 AEST

Reports from the small island of Niue today are suggesting that a new demographic survey is suggesting the country' population has declined sharply.

Australian pilot detained in Bougainville

6 October 2004, 16:45 AEST

An Australian pilot detained in Papua New Guinea after an unauthorised flight to Bougainville is hoping he'll be granted permission to leave in the next day or so.

Foreign Minister says pilot may have made mistake.

6 October 2004, 16:45 AEST

An Australian pilot detained in Papua New Guinea after an unauthorised flight to Bougainville is hoping he'll be granted permission to leave in the next day or so.

Former PM says he won't accept coup leader's apology

6 October 2004, 10:51 AEST

In Fiji, the Ministry of Reconciliation is trying to orchestrate a meeting with the leaders of the 2000 coup and its victims.

Former PM won't accept apology for coup

6 October 2004, 10:51 AEST

Fiji's prime minister during the 2000 coup, Mahendhra Chaudhry, says he can't accept offers of an apology from coup frontman George Speight and his followers.

Two dissidents leave government coalition

6 October 2004, 10:51 AEST

The Union for Democracy, a coalition government in French Polynesia led by President Oscar Temaru, has only been in power for four months.

Are prostitutes being victimised by authorities?

6 October 2004, 10:51 AEST

Fiji's Womens' Crisis Centre has thrown its support behind government moves to review the country's laws on prostitution.

Ireland bans direct calls to region

6 October 2004, 10:51 AEST

Ireland has gone ahead with a ban on direct calls to several Pacific island countries, after attempts by officials to reverse the decision failed.

Pro-democracy petition voted down in parliament

5 October 2004, 17:11 AEST

Tonga's pro-democracy movement has failed to get Parliament to debate a petition calling for all MPs to be elected by the people.

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