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.


British academic calls for alternatives to death penalty

5 October 2004, 12:16 AEST

The death penalty is once again being debated in Papua New Guinea, after comments by the country's prime minister suggesting he would like to see it extended to other crimes.

'Evil' gambling machines may lure children

5 October 2004, 12:16 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the government has been urged to immediately ban the import of the controversial horse-racing gambling machines.

Supreme Court judge faces misconduct allegations

4 October 2004, 16:29 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a Supreme Court Judge has been referred to the country's Public Prosecutor, following allegations of misconduct in office.

Maintain the Raj - former minister protests his innocence

4 October 2004, 16:29 AEST

Fiji's minister for multi-ethnic affairs, George Shiu Raj, has voluntarily stepped down from his Cabinet post, while police investigate claims of misuse of public funds.

Who's to blame for depleted environment?

4 October 2004, 10:38 AEST

Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, has long been held up as an example of a man-made ecological disaster.

Illegal fishing in Exclusive Economic Zone

4 October 2004, 10:38 AEST

Like other Pacific countries, New Caledonia is today grappling with illegal fishing in its 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

Region implicated in modem-hijacking scams

4 October 2004, 10:38 AEST

A Pacific island diplomat has refuted claims that many countries in the region lease their phone lines to overseas illegal businesses.

Provinces urged to help fund police work

4 October 2004, 10:38 AEST

Papua New Guinea's minister for internal security, Bire Kimisopa, says he'll push for mandatory funding of police work throughout the country.

Auditor's report sparks corruption investigations

4 October 2004, 10:38 AEST

In Fiji, Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes is this week still digesting the five-volume set of the recently tabled Auditor-General's report.

President announces State of Emergency, election

1 October 2004, 16:35 AEST

Nauru is going to a snap election following the declaration of a State of Emergency by the President, Ludwig Scotty, last night.

Speaker challenges legality of election

1 October 2004, 16:35 AEST

The Speaker of the Nauru Parliament is claiming policemen turned up at his office this morning ordering him to pack up and leave for the duration of the campaign.

Last minute preperations for by-election

1 October 2004, 11:07 AEST

Next week, around a thousand Tuvaluans go to the polls in a by-election on the outer island of Nukufetau.

First evidence given in sex abuse trial

1 October 2004, 11:07 AEST

On one of the Pacific's most remote islands, Pitcairn, the details of some of the sex-abuse charges against a group of local men are now starting to emerge in court.

SPREP sets out sustainability agenda

1 October 2004, 11:07 AEST

The South Pacific Regional Environment Program has announced two new programs on environmental sustainability, following its regional conference in French Polynesia.

Solomons logging ties haunt liberal candidate

1 October 2004, 11:07 AEST

As Australia's election approaches, all candidates in the race for what was once a safe Liberal Party federal seat in Sydney's wealthy eastern suburbs have been talking up their green credentials of late.

Unemployment drops among Pacific Islanders

1 October 2004, 11:07 AEST

Government efforts to help Pacific islanders in New Zealand to secure jobs appear to have paid off.

Human rights information for police, military, guards

30 September 2004, 16:43 AEST

Fiji's President Ratu Sir Josefa Iloilo has launched a booklet with human rights information for police, soldiers and prison staff, to promote awareness of the country's Bill of Rights.

MP calls for review of border security

30 September 2004, 16:36 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the government has been urged to seriously address the lack of security in its land and sea border with Indonesia and Australia.

Political turmoil continues following MP's suspension

30 September 2004, 10:39 AEST

The Nauru Parliament was adjourned yesterday when Health Minister Kieren Keke refused to leave the House when ordered to do so by Speaker Russell Kun.

How journalists can respond to growing sucide rate

30 September 2004, 10:39 AEST

Journalists in Samoa are today looking at how they can better respond to the country's growing rate of suicide.

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