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.


Man allegedly bashed over abusive message to Fiji's PM

Updated 1 October 2014, 16:48 AEST

The conduct of Fiji's military is again in the spotlight after a man was allegedly bashed by officers after sending an abusive text message to the Prime Minister Frank Bainimamama.

Manus MP Ronnie Knight responds of allegations of misallocating funds

Updated 1 October 2014, 16:47 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, Manus Island MP Ronnie Knight says he looks forward to clearing his name at a Leadership Tribunal, after allegations he misallocated public money to buy a ferry for the province.

Concern over Pacific tsunami warning system changes

Updated 1 October 2014, 16:45 AEST

Big changes are being made to the way Pacific nations get warnings about possible tsunamis.

Young women set to play a bigger role in Solomon Islands election

Updated 1 October 2014, 16:45 AEST

As the election draws near, young women in the Solomons are hoping to have their voice heard and to see more female candidates elected.

Hawaii expedition explores new depths, undiscovered species

Updated 1 October 2014, 16:44 AEST

A major deep sea expedition off the Northwestern Haiwaiian Islands has returned with a host of new discoveries, including the likelihood of marine species new to science.

Fiji chefs compete for top honours

Updated 1 October 2014, 16:43 AEST

300 of Fiji's chefs will battle it out over three days in October to find out who is best.

Solomons on brink of new political era, says Registrar

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:51 AEST

MPs in Solomon Islands who have been criticised for being largely inactive during parliamentary debate may struggle to hold on to their seats at this year's election as a wave of political change sweeps through the country.

Attitudes to disability improving in Pacific: NGO

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:52 AEST

Nearly one in five Pacific Islanders are living with a disability, according to the United Nations.

Pro-independence party pulls out of New Caledonia referendum talks

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:53 AEST

The President of France, Francois Hollande, is due to visit New Caledonia next month and it's likely he will find himself in the midst of a political storm.

Guam veterans feel ignored by Washington: filmmaker

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:45 AEST

As the debate continues in the United States over boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria, there's a fair chance that when and if more American troops are deployed, a disproportionate number will be from the US territory of Guam.

PNG soccer squad trains in Gold Coast

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:55 AEST

The national women's soccer squad from Papua New Guinea is heading for home after an intensive two week training camp on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Labour mobility crucial to PACER Plus: trade advisor

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:56 AEST

It's had a long and difficult history but negotiations towards the Pacific or PACER PLUS free trade deal are continuing.

Norfolk Island backs push for medical cannabis

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:56 AEST

The Norfolk Island Government has come out in support of the Greens push to legalise medicinal cannabis in Australia.

Refugees protest against Australia's asylum policies in Nauru

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:19 AEST

A refugee on Nauru has says he and other refugees and asylum seekers have been cheated and discriminated against by the Australian government.

What happens if Nauru runs out of money?

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

Nauru may be facing bankruptcy, with a US company, Firebird, taking legal action in Australia to recover $30 million it says Nauru owes it as part of a bond issue.

Bougainville calls for withdrawal of 'inaccurate' report by Aust NGO

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:17 AEST

Bougainville's President and the nine key landowner organisations surrounding the Rio Tinto-owned Panguna copper mine have slammed a report by Australian NGO Jubilee Australia saying it is inaccurate, misleading and irresponsible.

Solomons health authorities coping with measles outbreak

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

A measles outbreak in Solomon Islands has seen six deaths, and 2,800 suspected cases so far.

Pacific leaders raise climate change warnings at UN assembly

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister says his country faces existential threats brought on by climate change.

Pacific sourced chocolate commands premium price

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:15 AEST

An Australian chocolate maker says cocoa beans sourced from the Pacific are proving very popular with consumers.

Solomons MPs not pulling their weight: Transparency SI

Updated 30 September 2014, 10:42 AEST

A report from Transparency Solomon Islands has found that only seven Solomon Islands MPs contributed to more than half of the bills debated in the 9th Parliament.

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