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.


Response to Fiji prime minister's UN rights speech between derided and mixed

Updated 3 March 2015, 18:24 AEDT

It's been barely six months since Fiji returned to a parliamentary democracy, but its coup leader-turned-prime minister says he can guarantee the human rights of every citizen.

Solomon Islands reporters also unable to ask questions of Retno Marsudi

Updated 3 March 2015, 18:25 AEDT

The fallout from the visit of Indonesia's foreign minister to PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji continues today, with a prominent Solomon Islands journalist criticising the decision to not allow the media to ask her questions.

Fiji Police tackle mental health issues as services found inadequate

Updated 3 March 2015, 18:26 AEDT

Fiji Police are attempting to raise public awareness about the problem of suicide as the latest statistics renew concerns that Fiji's mental health services are inadequate.

Fijian PM Bainimarama mounts strong defence of human rights record at UN

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:14 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has outlined his country's progress towards improving human rights in his country.

Australians giving less to NGOs

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:15 AEDT

As a country Australia is getting richer, but the latest figures point to Australians becoming stingier when it comes to making donations to non-government organisations.

Silicon Valley trainers to run entrepeneurship bootcamp in PNG

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:15 AEDT

A group of trainers from the Silicon Valley in the United States will visit Papua New Guinea, where they will train 40 people during a three-day entrepeneurship bootcamp.

Free education plan aimed at creating more job opportunities for Palau

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:16 AEDT

The government of Palau is hoping to stem the flow of foreign workers into the country by offering two years free tuition for high school graduates who opt to go on to Community College.

Tonga pursues more athletes for Winter Olympcis

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:16 AEDT

First there was a luger representing Tonga at the Winter Olympic Games in Russia, and now the country has a cross-country skier in training, who is aiming to take her place at the next games in South Korea.

Australia-NZ netball tour a steep learning curve for Fiji Pearls

Updated 3 March 2015, 10:18 AEDT

The Fiji Pearls are back on home soil after a five match tour of New Zealand and Australia as part of their build-up to the Netball World Cup in Sydney in August.

Refugees released from Nauru detention protest slave-like conditions

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:43 AEDT

Refugees on Nauru say they will continue to protest against what they say are slave-like living conditions on the remote Pacific island.

Australia's Bendigo Bank to have another go at opening on Nauru

Updated 2 March 2015, 18:06 AEDT

The Bendigo Bank is pushing ahead with plans to open an agency on Nauru, its first proper banking facilities for fifteen years.

PNG media council queries 'no West Papua questions' directive for Indonesians

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's foreign affairs department is being asked to explain how and why local reporters were ordered not to ask the visiting Indonesian foreign minister questions about West Papua last week.

Pacific detail lacking in Australia-New Zealand talks

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:43 AEDT

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wrapped-up a whirlwind visit to New Zealand over the weekend which was largely overshadowed by continuing leadership turmoil.

Darwin Tongans welcome dialogue on kava ban

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:44 AEDT

A Tongan community spokesperson in Australia has welcomed an assurance by a federal minister that consultations will be held with Pacific islander communities in Australia before any move is made to implement a total ban on kava.

Australian state recommends domestic violence case court

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Support groups in the Australian state of Queensland have welcomed a domestic violence taskforce report handed down on the weekend which recommends that a specific court be set up for domestic violence cases.

Pacific leading the world in small gun disarmament: report

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:34 AEDT

A researcher on small arms says the Pacific is leading the way when it comes to ridding the community of guns.

Interactive map exposes Chinese aid spending in the Pacific

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:03 AEDT

A Sydney researcher has developed a new online interactive map showing where all of China's aid dollars are being spent, after Beijing was accused of failing to provide clear details of its aid program in the Pacific.

Victims impact under scrutiny during anniversary of Marshalls nuclear test

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:04 AEDT

The Marshall Islands is marking the 61st anniversary of the Bravo hydrogen bomb test that exposed thousands of people to radioactive fallout.

Cricket: Fiji U19 sets sights on World Cup debut

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:08 AEDT

The planning starts now for Fiji's young cricketers as they look ahead to their debut appearence at the under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh next year.

Super Rugby: Hurricanes go top after round 3

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:07 AEDT

After three rounds of the 2015 Super Rugby season, the Wellington Hurricanes are on top of the overall conference ahead of their New Zealand rivals the Waikato Chiefs.

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