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.


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.

Appeals court backs prime minister

30 September 2004, 10:39 AEST

Vanuatu's Court of Appeal has ruled that the prime minister was covered by parliamentary privilege when he criticised Chief Justice Vincent Lunabeck during a parliamentary debate.

Military finances under increased scrutiny

29 September 2004, 16:33 AEST

Fiji is today coming to terms with a number of damaging allegations which the country's Auditor General has levelled against several high-ranking public servants.

Speaker denies minister access to parliament

29 September 2004, 16:33 AEST

The Nauru Parliament was adjourned today when the Health Minister, Dr Kieren Keke, refused to leave the House when ordered to by the Speaker, Russell Kun.

Women say underaged sex was consensual

29 September 2004, 16:33 AEST

With just a day to go before a long-awaited trial, the women on the remote Pacific island of Pitcairn have spoken out in support of their men.

Conference examines strategies to fight alcohol abuse

29 September 2004, 12:48 AEST

Government officials from all over the Pacific have converged on New Caledonia to devise strategies to curb the escalating problem of alcohol abuse.

Pre-emptive strike stance upsets region

29 September 2004, 12:48 AEST

In the lead-up to Australia's general elections, divisions appear to be forming between the government and the opposition over the policy of pre-emptive military strikes on possible terrorists in the region.

Opposition calls for better funded media

29 September 2004, 10:42 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader says the government must get serious about the dissemination of information to the whole country.

Workshop explores role of traditional leadership

29 September 2004, 10:42 AEST

In Solomon Islands, over a hundred people are currently attending a one-week workshop on supporting traditional leadership, which is being held the Malaitan provincial capital, Auki.

Methodists reject claims donations are causing exodus

28 September 2004, 13:24 AEST

In Fiji, Methodist Church leaders have rejected an American government report which suggests demands for large donations are causing the faithful to leave the Church.

Date set for national gun summit

28 September 2004, 11:40 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a date has been set for the much-discussed "gun summit", which will now take place next February.

Landmark sexual abuse trial set to kick off

28 September 2004, 11:40 AEST

After years of speculation and delay, one of the most extraordinary trials in legal history is expected to begin this Thursday.

Health and governance focus for Women's Week

28 September 2004, 11:40 AEST

The Solomon Islands capital Honiara is celebrating its the annual women's week, which brings together prominent organisations including the Seventh Day Adventist Church, RAMSI, the Social Welfare Unit and the Community Restoration Fund.

Training planned for people with disablities

28 September 2004, 11:40 AEST

People with disabilities in Fiji will soon be trained and equipped with vocational skills to increase their chances of being employed.

Further investigations urged over pilot death

27 September 2004, 16:10 AEST

The Australian Federal Police may be approached to further investigate the shooting death earlier this year of an Australian pilot in Papua New Guinea.

Disagreement over mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS

27 September 2004, 16:10 AEST

For years now health experts across the region have been divided on the ethical and practical implications of mandatory testing and reporting of HIV-AIDS.

The search for Nauru's lost billions

27 September 2004, 16:10 AEST

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's current affairs program "4 Corners" is putting Nauru under the microscope tonight, to find out what happened to the island's two billion Australian dollar trust fund.

Taiwan criticises Australia's policies in the Pacific

27 September 2004, 10:42 AEST

The government of Taiwan has criticised Australia for becoming involved in the recent diplomatic stand-off between Taipei and the People's Republic of China in Kiribati.

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