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.


AIDS 2014 - Pulitzer Centre helps journalists cover HIV/AIDS stories

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:56 AEST

The Pulitzer Center shines a spotlight on places and issues often ignored by the mainstream media by providing grants to support independent international journalism.

AIDS 2014 - TV's Love Patrol

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:56 AEST

Around the Pacific the theatre group Won Smolbag, and their TV production Love Patrol, are a well known part of the region's cultural life.

AIDS 2014 - The role of Business in fighting HIV/AIDS

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:57 AEST

Stephen Grant is from the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on AIDS, which is involved in the response by the private business sector to HIV/AIDS in our region.

AIDS 2014 - Promoting female condoms

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:58 AEST

It won't come as a surprise to anyone that at a conference like AIDS 2014 the issue of sexual health is being addressed in a variety of ways.

AIDS 2014 - US Foundation funds HIV support through business

Updated 24 July 2014, 17:58 AEST

Peter Reis is the Senior Vice President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States.

Benjamin Christopher and Maura Elaripe at AIDS 2014

AIDS 2014 - Living with HIV in the Pacific

Updated 24 July 2014, 18:17 AEST

Now to get a personal perspective on what it's like to live with HIV/AIDS in the Pacific we're joined by Benjamin Christopher and Maura Elaripe.

AIDS 2014 - Anti-gay laws undermine HIV fight

Updated 24 July 2014, 18:00 AEST

This week's International Aids conference in Melbourne has heard laws which criminalise same-sex continue to underminine efforts to prevent and treat HIV.

AIDS 2014 - Is the situation in PNG improving?

Updated 24 July 2014, 18:19 AEST

Pacific Beat is broadcasting live from AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference, and we started our conversation today by looking at the situation in PNG.

No date for removal of Flosse from office after appeal loss

Updated 24 July 2014, 8:48 AEST

French Polynesia's president Gaston Flosse may be forced from office now that France's highest court has upheld his conviction over a scam involving phantom jobs.

Greater regional effort needed to cut child labour - ILO

Updated 24 July 2014, 8:48 AEST

The International Labour Organisation is calling for a greater regional effort to eliminate child labour and child trafficking in the Pacific.

Deterioration in condition of asylum children on Christmas Island - HR

Updated 24 July 2014, 8:50 AEST

Virtually all of the 174 children in immigration detention on Christmas Island are sick .

Fiji EU trade deal abandons Pacific unity - Dorney

Updated 24 July 2014, 11:16 AEST

The trade deal agreed between Fiji and the European Union is being questioned again.

Under Construction

Isolated Vanuatu community builds its own hydro power plant

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:52 AEST

The lights are on not on yet, but they do have electricity on the remote island of Maewo in Vanuatu, where the local community has more than played its part in the construction of a custom-built hydro electric power plant.

Campaign to halve Australia's suicide rate

Updated 24 July 2014, 8:50 AEST

Australia's mental health service providers want to halve the national rate of suicide in a decade.

Urgent need to update Pacific navigation charts - SPC

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:21 AEST

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says most Pacific navigation charts are no longer fit for purpose.

Sport to seize back Glasgow spotlight from Opening Ceremony

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:22 AEST

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is well under way in Glasgow.

Flagbearer naming ceremony

Pacific flag bearers overwhelmed by Glasgow Games

Updated 24 July 2014, 13:12 AEST

Medals are few and far between for the Pacific countries competing at the Commonwealth Games.

Asian Games may become more attractive for Australia - academic

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:20 AEST

After the opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the serious action will start tomorrow.

IRB optimistic about British & Irish Lions Pacific tour in 2017

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:20 AEST

Rugby in the Pacific is on a roll!Now the All-Blacks have finally agreed to make the trip to play Manu Samoa in Apia next July, the next target is the British and Irish Lions.

Patel excited by new job as head coach for Cricket PNG

Updated 24 July 2014, 9:20 AEST

The man who will be Cricket PNG's head coach for the next two years is the former New Zealand test match player, Dipak Patel.

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