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

Bougainville leaders wary of political instability

2 November 2004, 15:16 AEST

Bougainville leaders believe that political instability in the national parliament could derail the peace process on the Island.

Calls for reassesment of AIDS strategy

2 November 2004, 15:16 AEST

In Solomon Islands a major workshop on HIV-AIDS has found there is a need to reassess the country's current prevention and awareness strategies.

Temaru does not rule out bloodshed

1 November 2004, 17:27 AEST

In French Polynesia where there are growing fears of violence as the standoff continues between the two men claiming the territory's presidency.

Allaying fears about cultural losses

1 November 2004, 17:27 AEST

Overseas Niueans are to become more organised, in an attempt to preserve their language and culture.

US Election fever catching on

1 November 2004, 17:27 AEST

Like mainland United States where the Presidential election is the story of the moment, voters in the US Pacific territories of Guam and American Samoa, as well as the freely associated Palau also go to the polls on November the 2nd to vote on a raft of issues.

Dark cloud over parliament budget session

1 November 2004, 17:27 AEST

The future of the Papua New Guinea government is this week hanging in the balance, as the opposition prepares to present a motion of no-confidence in parliament.

Casting votes in the US elections

1 November 2004, 12:17 AEST

The United States holds its federal election in three days' time, and usually the Pacific is a backwater during the campaigning for President, but new poll results in Hawaii, and the discovery that some US citizens in the Northern Marianas are qualified to vote, could change things.

Jails undergo revamp

1 November 2004, 12:17 AEST

Prison inmates in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have been assured they'll will receive better treatment once construction on a new prison is completed.

New Caledonian leaders in dialogue with indigenous groups

1 November 2004, 12:17 AEST

A group of Kanak traditional leaders has been talking to Australian Aboriginal organisations, to see how issues of traditional land ownership are handled in Australia.

Drugs in sport no longer a blind spot

1 November 2004, 12:17 AEST

Ahead of the Athens Olympics, it seemed that before we saw star athletes soar, we had to see them squirm.

President still reeling from victory

29 October 2004, 15:48 AEST

Nauru's new President, Ludwig Scotty, says he didn't expect to win such a big victory in the island's election last week.

Sentences handed down in trial

29 October 2004, 15:48 AEST

On Pitcairn Island today judges brought down their sentences on the 6 men they found guilty on Monday of offences ranging from indecency to rape.

Keeping relations with Nauru on track

29 October 2004, 15:48 AEST

The victory of the Scotty government has been greeted with a degree of optimism in Australia's capital, Canberra.

Shifting sands ahead of next election

29 October 2004, 15:48 AEST

Fiji's general election isn't due until 2006 but the strengthening of alliances and shifting of allegiences are well and truly underway.

Labor Party renews interest in Pacific

29 October 2004, 13:22 AEST

Still smarting from its electoral defeat earlier this month, Australia's opposition Labor Party has just announced a major reshuffle of its shadow cabinet.

NGO funding questioned

29 October 2004, 13:22 AEST

One of the region's leading Non Government Organisations says donor governments should cut back their funding for consultants and reports on Pacific Islands, and start listening to what local people want.

Fuel prices to affect air fares

29 October 2004, 13:22 AEST

Budget airline carrier Pacific Blue will be reviewing their air fares in light of rising fuel prices.

Grave fears about new import duties

28 October 2004, 16:17 AEST

Nauru's biggest importer fears the legitimate market for beer and cigarettes in the country will collapse following the huge jump in customs tarrifs on cigarrettes and alcohol in Nauru's new budget.

Overseas MP's still distant prospect: Premier

28 October 2004, 16:17 AEST

Niue's premier says he wants more dialogue with overseas Niueans, but thinks giving them a seat in the island's parliament might be difficult.

Australian aid program challenged in court

28 October 2004, 16:17 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court began hearing a case examining the legality of the 1 billion dollar aid program between Australia and Papua New Guinea known as the Enhanced Cooperation Program.

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