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

Vote chief says poll was 'fair'

13 June 2005, 9:46 AEST

The manager of Bougainville's historic election says he's confident the results of the poll were fair.

Power authority in world-first carbon credit trade

13 June 2005, 9:46 AEST

The Fiji Electricty Authority and its Australian partner, Pacific Hydro, became a small part of environmental history last week.

Security experts arrive in Auckland for meet

13 June 2005, 9:46 AEST

Senior law enforcement and security officials from around the Pacific are meeting in Auckland tomorrow and Wednesday for the Pacific Island Forum's annual Regional Security Committee meeting.

FEMM ends with state enterprise pledge

10 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

The annual meeting of Pacific economic minister has adopted a list of seven principles with which to manage publicly-owned enterprises.

'Bone-crunchers' prepare for Wallabies clash

10 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

Five players have been picked to make their Samoan debut in this Saturday's Test match against Australia in Sydney.

Woman MP calls for more services

10 June 2005, 14:20 AEST

The only female member of the caretaker cabinet of Papua New Guinea's autonomous province of Bougainville has urged the new government to focus on providing basic services to the island's female population.

Budget to highlight economy's recovery

10 June 2005, 14:20 AEST

The Finance Minister of Tonga says the economy is showing signs of a sustained recovery, with growth of 2.

Economist warns of looming sugar crisis

10 June 2005, 14:20 AEST

A leading Pacific economist says the politics of Fiji mean it's having trouble confronting the looming crisis for the sugar industry, because of the end of special price preferences from the European Union.

Coach calls for level playing field

10 June 2005, 14:20 AEST

Samoa's bone-crunching Rugby Union team is preparing for Saturday's one-off international against Australia in Sydney.

Local government replaces Australia air link

10 June 2005, 14:20 AEST

Norfolk Island's government has stepped in to arrange an air service to Australia to replace the collapsed Norfolk Jet Express.

Ministers to cut the cost of business

9 June 2005, 15:38 AEST

Economic ministers from Pacific Islands Forum member countries have committed themselves to halve the time it takes to start a business in the region.

Police confirm phone call investigation

9 June 2005, 15:38 AEST

Police in Fiji have confirmed they are investigating reports that senior government ministers and bureaucrats have received threatening phone calls.

Senior government figures allege threats

9 June 2005, 15:38 AEST

Five senior government ministers and bureaucrats in Fiji are reported to have received threatening phone calls.

Japanese condemn Australian 'vote-killing'

9 June 2005, 15:38 AEST

A spokesperson for a Japanese Government fisheries agency has accused Australia's environment Minister of 'vote-killing' during his tour of the Pacific to gather support for the anti-whaling lobby.

YWCA mourns death of outspoken feminist, activist

9 June 2005, 15:37 AEST

Fiji and the Pacific today lost one of the region's most outspoken activists and feminists, with the death of former executive director of the Fiji YWCA.

Provincial leaders discuss federalism

9 June 2005, 13:32 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the premiers of the country's nine provinces are meeting in Honiara to discuss plans for a federal system of government.

World Bank urges micro-states to modernise

9 June 2005, 13:32 AEST

A survey of 92 economies has given hard evidence of the serious cost disadvantages facing Pacific Island countries trying to modernise.

Government examines 'grand coalition'

9 June 2005, 13:32 AEST

The caretaker cabinet in Papua New Guinea's autonomous province of Bougainville says it may set up a grand coalition to run the autonomous government on the Island.

Government to abstain from whale vote

8 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

The Solomon Islands Government has announced it will abstain from any vote on the resumption of commercial whaling at this month's meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Korea.

Appeal for reform at FEMM opening session

8 June 2005, 15:22 AEST

The annual meeting of Economic Ministers from Pacific Islands Forum countries has opened in Tuvalu, with a surprising call from primary school children for minister to ease up on businesses and allow them to make more profits.

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