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.


Australia suspicious of whaling enrolments

21 June 2005, 15:30 AEST

In South Korea, where the anti-whaling camp is claiming a strategic victory after blocking Japan's attempt to take control of the agenda of the international whaling commission.

Reports of stolen drugs worry authorities

21 June 2005, 12:07 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea's autonomous province of Bougainville have alleged essential medical drugs are being stolen and sold in retail shops.

Community outrage over 'insensitive' article

21 June 2005, 12:07 AEST

The people of Guam says they have been hurt and disappointed after US-based media outlet ESPN published online material that was culturally insensitive.

Undersea microbes could lead to new drugs

21 June 2005, 12:07 AEST

Scientists believe micro-organisms and sea creatures just discovered by a South Pacific expedition could lead to the creation of new drugs.

Three states to support whaling resumption

20 June 2005, 15:28 AEST

Tensions are rising at the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting in South Korea, with pro and anti camps launching stinging attacks on one another.

Water restrictions lifted after weekend rain

20 June 2005, 15:28 AEST

Restrictions on the availability of fresh water in the Marshall Islands' capital Majuro are to be lifted, following heavy rain over the weekend.

Government retains slim majority

20 June 2005, 15:28 AEST

Tuvalu Prime Minister Maatia Toafa says that after last week's by-election, the government again holds on to a slim majority.

President opposes French territorial law

20 June 2005, 13:14 AEST

French Polynesian President Oscar Temaru has angrily rejected a new organic law for France's overseas territories, saying it would set his homeland back 40 years.

USP drive for foreign students

20 June 2005, 13:14 AEST

The new vice chancellor of the University of the South Pacific has announced plans to attract 2,000 students from the United States and other developed countries within three years.

AG defends decision not to reappoint deputy DPP

20 June 2005, 13:14 AEST

Fiji's Attorney General says it's up to Fiji to decide which foreigners will work on contract to the Fiji Government irrespective of who is footing the bill.

Residents act on industrial waste build-up

20 June 2005, 13:14 AEST

Mounting industrial waste in the Cook Island has forced some residents to speak out, urging the relevant authorities to act on the issue.

Australian Law Council attacks Reconciliation Bill

20 June 2005, 13:14 AEST

The Law Council of Australia has weighed into the debate over Fiji's controversial Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity Bill.

Autonomous government's flag flies high

17 June 2005, 15:18 AEST

And it's been a momentous week on Bougainville, with the birth of a new autonomous government on the island.

Chamorros oppose water privatisation plans

17 June 2005, 15:18 AEST

The Guam Chamber of Commerce says it's consulting a number of government bodies in a bid to bring about the privatisation of the island's water authority.

Villagers asked to leave as volcano stirs

17 June 2005, 15:18 AEST

Around 4,000 people have been asked to voluntarily evacuate the area around a volcano which is spewing ash and smoke in Papua new Guinea.

Government concerns over PNG HIV-AIDS crisis

17 June 2005, 15:18 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister has lamented the impact of corruption and HIV-AIDS on Papua New Guinea.

Academic warns of economic upheaval

17 June 2005, 12:55 AEST

A prominent Fiji-based academic has warned that Fiji must "wake up" to its looming economic upheaval if its economy is to survive.

President Temaru visits Australia

16 June 2005, 15:24 AEST

French Polynesia's President, Oscar Temaru, is today winding up a five-day trip to Australia today, in which he has examined ideas to boost his territory's economic self-reliance.

New members yet to declare allegiance

16 June 2005, 15:24 AEST

In Tuvalu, the fate Prime Minister Maatia Toafa's government is still unclear, following Wednesday's by-election in Nanumea.

Australia recognises 'historic' day

16 June 2005, 12:29 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister has welcomed the swearing-in of Bougainville's autonomous government as a historic day for the island.

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