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.


Fiji compensates remaining veterans for British nuclear tests

Updated 30 January 2015, 17:38 AEDT

The Fijian government has provided payouts to veterans of the British government's nuclear tests in the Pacific.

Solomon Islands development aims to help reconciliation: PM

Updated 30 January 2015, 17:39 AEDT

The new government in Solomon Islands plans to use accelerated development in the country's provinces, particularly in Malaita, to help address problems with reconciliation and youth unemployment.

Radio Australia to cease Asia shortwave: what of its future?

Updated 30 January 2015, 18:04 AEDT

Asia is to lose another major shortwave broadcaster this Sunday as Radio Australia ceases 75 years in the region, but the service to the Pacific will continue.

PNG rates badly in World Rights Report 2015

Updated 30 January 2015, 18:05 AEDT

Human Rights Watch released its World Rights Report 2015 late yesterday, and the chapter on Papua New Guinea detailed a range of concerns, including the nation's problems with police brutality.

Samoa's domestic violence hotline reflects on 10 years

Updated 30 January 2015, 12:06 AEDT

A proposed domestic violence hotline for Papua New Guinea could learn a lot from a similar program in Samoa.

Radio Australia to cease Asia shortwave service this weekend

Updated 30 January 2015, 12:22 AEDT

On Sunday, Radio Australia's shortwave signal to Asia will be turned off, another result the ABC says of recent government funding cuts.

Six Pacific teams lining up at rugby league nines festival in NSW

Updated 30 January 2015, 12:03 AEDT

More than thirty teams from across the rugby league world including half a dozen from the Pacific are in Sydney to take part in the latest edition of the Cabramatta Nines.

Socceroos ready to seize victory in Asian Cup final

Updated 30 January 2015, 12:02 AEDT

The Socceroos are hoping to make history tomorrow night by winning the first significant trophy in Australian soccer history.

Specially-crafted boats to make saving lives from tuberculosis easier

Updated 30 January 2015, 12:06 AEDT

Four specially crafted boats are heading from Australia's North-East coast to Papua New Guinea to stop the spread of Tuberculosis.

International unions crack down on Fiji's sugar industry

Updated 30 January 2015, 12:01 AEDT

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is under growing pressure to overhaul laws and decrees governing Fiji's sugar industry, which the International Labour Organisation says are in breach of ratified conventions.

Palau's powers to act on illegal fishing restricted by bureaucratic delays

Updated 30 January 2015, 12:00 AEDT

Satellite technology brought in to protect Palau's National Marine Sanctuary is already having an effect, with the first fishing boat operating illegally in the area, intercepted within 24 hours of Project Eyes on the Seas being launched.

Bank South Pacific to acquire Westpac branches in five nations

Updated 29 January 2015, 17:10 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Bank South Pacific has announced it's entered into an agreement to acquire the operations of Australia's Westpac bank in five Pacific nations.

Solomon Islands PM says disputes with Australia thing of the past

Updated 30 January 2015, 11:58 AEDT

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare says his disputes with Australia are a thing of the past.

Practicalities of Australian Federal Police in-line with PNG force

Updated 29 January 2015, 17:09 AEDT

There are currently 73 Australian Federal Police officers working in Port Moresby and Lae as unarmed advisors as part of the Wok Wantaim, or Working Together, program.

Supporters of sorcery accused Kepari Leniata called to wear red

Updated 29 January 2015, 17:05 AEDT

Advocacy group Leniata Legacy is determined not to let people forget the burning of Kepari Leniata, and its asking people to wear red on Friday as a sign of solidarity and outrage.

'Catastrophic' result for Pacific nations if no action taken on illegal fishing

Updated 30 January 2015, 9:17 AEDT

Three Pacific nations are facing an import ban by the European Union if they don't take action on illegal fishing.

Karawari caves safe from mining ... for now

Updated 29 January 2015, 10:14 AEDT

Community-based organisations working towards preserving Papua New Guinea's Karawari caves are quietly confident they've stopped the threat of mining at the historic site.

Common ground reached in Pacific human rights forum

Updated 29 January 2015, 10:13 AEDT

MPs from 11 Pacific island countries have gathered in Fiji for a series of discussions and presentations focussing on the region's existing and emerging human rights issues.

Fiji students learn new technological skills

Updated 29 January 2015, 10:13 AEDT

Students in Fiji now have the opportunity to connect with their peers around the world in a high tech learning centre.

Lack of funding means Pacific hockey must choose between tournaments

Updated 29 January 2015, 10:12 AEDT

At the World Hockey League tournament in Singapore, three teams have qualified for the next round, but sadly there are no Pacific sides amongst them.

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