Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

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.


Vanuatu signs $59.5m airport agreement with World Bank

Updated 3 June 2015, 18:01 AEST

Vanuatu's airports are set for major upgrades now the government's secured a major credit agreement from the World Bank.

Varied Facebook responses to PNG marriage law

Updated 3 June 2015, 18:04 AEST

Dozens of people have weighed in on Facebook to comment on the debate around child marriage in Papua New Guinea, after a report earlier this week on Pacific Beat.

Wynton Rufer: FIFA fallout won't hit Pacific

Updated 3 June 2015, 18:05 AEST

The Oceania Footballer of the Century Wynton Rufer does not believe the controversy surrounding soccer's governing body FIFA will have any impact on the sport in the Pacific.

Tongan government's handling of CEDAW "a debacle"

Updated 3 June 2015, 18:05 AEST

A Tongan political scientist says the government's handling of CEDAW has been a debacle.

Police: "Ice" a growing threat in Fiji

Updated 3 June 2015, 18:02 AEST

Police in Fiji say the country is facing a growing problem from the drug methamphetamine, commonly known as ice.

Australian official admits PNG leaders not told of Bougainville plans

Updated 3 June 2015, 18:00 AEST

A senior Australian Government official has admitted Papua New Guinea's leaders were not told of plans to open a new diplomatic post in Bougainville.

First ever women elected to open seat in Bougainville

Updated 3 June 2015, 17:59 AEST

History has been made during the Bougainville election.

Pacific Games chief dismisses venue safety concerns

Updated 3 June 2015, 12:04 AEST

The organisers of the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea have moved swiftly to dismiss the concerns of opposition leader Don Polye over the safety of some of the new venues, which are still under construction.

Marshall Islands' finances in doubt as end of US assistance draws near

Updated 3 June 2015, 12:05 AEST

There's concern over the viability of plans for the Marshall Islands' future economic outlook.

Continuing FIFA scandal having little effect on the Under 20 World Cup

Updated 3 June 2015, 12:06 AEST

To the Under 20 Soccer World Cup under way in New Zealand, and the host team has gone down to the United States 4-nil in its second match of the tournament last night in Auckland.

World's best surfers ride Fiji's best waves at the Women's Pro

Updated 3 June 2015, 12:06 AEST

Some of the world's best surfers are riding what some call the best waves in the South Pacific - with the Fiji Women's Pro kicking off this week at Cloudbreak.

Moresby businesses call for an end to police road blocks

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:29 AEST

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry says PNG's new police commissioner needs to stop rogue officers from setting up roadblocks in the capital and extorting money from motorists.

Solomon Is economy well placed after floods says ANZ

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:29 AEST

In the wake of last year's floods, Solomon Islands economy is well placed for expansion, according to the ANZ bank.

Tongan Catholic Church says CEDAW is very political

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:26 AEST

Tonga's Catholic Church says holding a referendum on the UN's women's rights convention could be risky for the government.

CEDAW likely to lose in Tongan referendum

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:27 AEST

If Tongans get to vote on whether the country should ratify an international convention on women's rights, it is likely the proposal would lose.

Australian lawyer denied visa by Nauru government

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:27 AEST

The Nauru government has denied an Australian lawyer a visa to represent the government's former media advisor who was deported from the country in controversial circumstances last year.

Urban gardens to improve food security in Vanuatu post-Cyclone Pam

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:30 AEST

Vacant land slated for development in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila could soon be transformed into temporary food gardens filled with cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes.

End of the travel ban important for Bougainville's future

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:01 AEST

Papua New Guinea has lifted its travel ban on Australians travelling to Bougainville that was put in place just two weeks ago, in protest over the Australian government's plan to establish a diplomatic post in autonomous region's capital Buka.

Bougainville peace process to benefit as travel ban ends

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea has lifted its travel ban on Australians travelling to Bougainville that was put in place just two weeks ago, in protest over the Australian government's plan to establish a diplomatic post in autonomous region's capital Buka.

Poll shows public support for Australia's cuts to foreign aid

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:07 AEST

The majority of Australians support the Federal Government's recent 1-billion dollar cut to foreign aid.

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