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.


Bougainville authorities warn people to heed disaster warnings

Updated 24 April 2014, 17:55 AEST

Emergency Services on Bougainville in Papua New Guinea say people need to be more responsible and move to higher ground when the government issues disaster warnings.

UN specialists investigate tailings dam at Solomon Islands gold mine

Updated 24 April 2014, 17:55 AEST

The United Nations has sent a team of specialists the Solomon Islands to assess the stability of a tailings dam at an Austrailan-owned gold mine.

New research finds seasonal work schemes have a downside

Updated 24 April 2014, 17:57 AEST

Seasonal labour schemes have been very lucrative for many Pacific islanders.

Another foreign loan for Vanuatu

Updated 24 April 2014, 17:58 AEST

Alarm bells are ringing in Vanuatu over the rising level of foreign debt.

Catholic Church in PNG struggling with sex abuse

Updated 24 April 2014, 18:01 AEST

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea is maintaining it is doing what it can to deal with cases of sexual abuse by its clergymen.

Rabuka out of SODELPA

Updated 24 April 2014, 18:01 AEST

The leadership of the SODELPA party in Fiji has told former prime minster and coup leader Major General Sitiveni Rabuka that his services are no longer required.

Papua New Guinea doctors upset WHO over medicine supplier support

Updated 24 April 2014, 18:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea's doctor's association has upset the World Health Organisation with its public support of a controversial medical supply contract.

Customary land reforms to boost development

Updated 24 April 2014, 18:23 AEST

The debate over value adding of customary land has been a long and contentious one as 97% of land in the Pacific is customary owned.

PNG PM says he will cancel controversial land leases

Updated 24 April 2014, 23:17 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says controversial land leases abused by the timber industry will be canceled.

Outback needs new influx of residents

Updated 24 April 2014, 18:30 AEST

The Australian outback is not a dusty, golden ghost .

Young men need education too to cut teen pregnancies in Fiji - Luveni

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:54 AEST

In Fiji, the Minister for Women and Social Welfare, Dr Jiko Luveni, says more has to be done to educate parents and young men, if the numbers of teenage pregnancies are to be reduced.

Socio-economic problems contribute to spike in abortions in Vanuatu

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:39 AEST

Youth unemployment, urban drift and lack of economic opportunities are reasons being given for a spike in abortion rates in Vanuatu.

Smoke-free areas to be extended in Fiji

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:39 AEST

More areas of Suva and Nadi are set to become smoke-free as the government cracks down on smoking.

'Serious spending problems' need help from all - Hockey

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:44 AEST

Australia has a 'serious spending problem' and everyone will have to help out to balance the nation's books.

Tamper proof cameras monitor tuna take by small boats

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:52 AEST

Tamper proof cameras are being set up on tuna fishing boats to monitor the catch of albacore, yellowfin and bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific.

New loan raises growing debt concerns in Vanuatu

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:40 AEST

Alarm bells are ringing in Vanuatu over the rising level of foreign debt.

PNG needs to connect development projects to the people - IUCN

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:41 AEST

The government in Papua New Guinea recently launched its National Strategy for Responsible Development.

Review of PNG gender policy to address shortfalls

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:46 AEST

Papua New Guinea's gender policy is in desperate need of review, according to the Office for the Development of Women.

Life's just taking off for PNG 'role models'

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:43 AEST

Four young women from Central Province in Papua New Guiinea are pursuing their dream of flying in New Zealand.

Home ground advantage for Ba in OFC semi against Amicale

Updated 24 April 2014, 8:43 AEST

The four survivors from the pool round of the OFC Champions League go head to head this weekend in the semi-finals.

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