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

Future uncertain for garment workers

20 December 2004, 11:32 AEST

A third of the 14-thousand workers in Fiji's garment industry will be jobless next year.

Construction begins on new gold mine

20 December 2004, 11:32 AEST

A new gold mine is due to begin construction on Papua New Guinea's Simberi Island in New Ireland province, midway through 2005.

Pizza Wars !

20 December 2004, 11:32 AEST

A war may be about to break out on the streets of the Pacific, although this time it has nothing to do with gangs, coups and disaffected army generals.

A new governance accord with Australia

17 December 2004, 16:42 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister is wrapping up his five country visit to the Pacific this weekend.

Television takeover of PNG broadcaster

17 December 2004, 16:42 AEST

In a first for the Pacific region, Fiji's only commercial television operator has today confirmed it's the new owner of Papua New Guinea's sole television station, EMTV.

Ban lifted on Fiji biscuits

17 December 2004, 11:32 AEST

A mini-trade war been averted with the Vanuatu government deciding to lift its ban on the import of Flour Mills of Fiji biscuits.

Cabinet endorses Bougainville constitution

17 December 2004, 11:32 AEST

Bougainville leaders in Papua New Guinea have welcomed the decision by the national cabinet to endorse the constitution for the province's new Autonomous Government.

Samoan church goers fund minister's holiday

17 December 2004, 11:32 AEST

The minister of a Samoan church in the New Zealand suburb of Porrirua, near Wellington, has accepted 20,000 dollars from his parishioners, after earlier saying he would not accept it.

Australia urged to help with psychological rehabilitation

16 December 2004, 17:35 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was in Solomon Islands today as part of a visit to PNG, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Vanuatu.

Government reiterates commitement to good governance

16 December 2004, 17:35 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Mr Alexander Downer also made an unscheduled visit to Vanuatu after leaving Solomon Islands.

Impartiality of Speaker questioned

16 December 2004, 17:35 AEST

The newly appointed Speaker of the Cook Islands parliament is having his impartialty questioned by the opposition.

Speaker of parliament passes away

16 December 2004, 17:35 AEST

A minutes silence was observed in Nauru's Parliament this morning following the death of the Speaker of Parliament.

Hopes for a new aid deal

16 December 2004, 12:03 AEST

Nauru is this week moving a step closer to sealing a major aid deal, designed to help the once wealthy island-state to rebuild an economy burdened by years of mismanagement.

Logging giant loses court appeal

16 December 2004, 11:55 AEST

Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH) suffered a huge setback in the New Zealand High Court last week.

Why Santa decided not to fly over Micronesia

16 December 2004, 11:55 AEST

In Guam, Santa was grounded at Anderson Airforce base due to bad weather.

The realities of dealing with Australia

16 December 2004, 11:55 AEST

Australia's effort to boost Papua New Guinea's ability to control its law and order problem is only in its infancy.

New Prime Minister ends political musical chairs

15 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

Cook Islands has a new Prime Minister.

Former high court judge is new Vice President

15 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

Fiji has a new Vice President, high chief Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi.

Relations with Australia under microscope

15 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

The Australia Papua New Guinea relationship has come in for some detailed attention in recent weeks, with the start of foot patrols on the streets of Port Moresby by Australian police, and the release of an alarming report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Cancellation of Telikom sale upsets big business

15 December 2004, 17:22 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the message sent to investors by the government's National Executive Council to cancel the sale of PNG Telikom to African company Econet Wireless.

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