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.


Commonwealth tells Abbott to put more G20 focus on the poor

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:10 AEST

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has urged Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott to put more emphasis on the role G20 economic policies could play in generating economic growth which is inclusive and sustainable and which takes into account the fragility of the non-G20 world.

Aust FM Bishop on SIDS, climate change and private sector-led growth

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:16 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has told a forum at the Small Islands Developing States Conference that fostering private sector-led development and innovation is a key component of Australia's work with Pacific and Indian ocean nations.

Fiji training potential Golan peacekeeper replacements

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:11 AEST

The United Nations is continuing urgent negotiations to try to secure an immediate and unconditional release of 44 Fijian peacekeepers, who were abducted by Syrian rebels late last week.

Schools remain closed in Rabaul after volcano eruption

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:12 AEST

Many schools remain closed around the town of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, after the Mt Tavurvur volcano erupted on Friday.

Fiji opposition say ingredients for vote rigging are present

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:12 AEST

Fiji's two largest opposition parties are accusing the elections office of compromising the integrity of the upcoming poll, rendering it 'flawed and not credible'.

Fiji Methodists concerned about pre-polling for election

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:13 AEST

Fiji's influential Methodist Church is concerned that some of its members may miss out on voting in this month's election.

Cook Islands policewoman awarded for 30 years of leadership

Updated 1 September 2014, 9:57 AEST

Cook Islands policewoman Rebecca Hosking-Ellis has received an award for 'excellence in policing in the Asia-Pacific region' from the Australasian Council of Women and Policing.

Fisheries projects good news for Marshall Islands economy

Updated 1 September 2014, 9:58 AEST

Two Marshall Islands fisheries projects have gotten the greenlight from the Pacific American Climate Fund.

Season ends for PNG Hunters rugby league side

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:03 AEST

The finals dream is over for the PNG Hunters after a nailbiting weekend when the team were sweating on results from elsewhere.

PNG's senior soccer squad to play at international level

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's senior soccer squad heads for Singapore later this week to play their first international match under new coach, the former New Zealand great, Wynton Rufer.

Australia urged to give greater opportunities to melanesians

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:04 AEST

The number of Melanesians in Australia's Pacific population is falling, and a researcher at the Australian National University says it's time the government got serious about offering labour mobility opportunities to those parts of the Pacific that need it most.

Vanuatu no confidence motion sets political leaders against one another

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:17 AEST

To Vanuatu now where another motion of no confidence has been lodged with the Speaker of Parliament - this time against the new Prime Minister Joe Natuman.

Poverty report says Pacific countries must implement urgent reforms immediately

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:16 AEST

A unique report from the UN Development Programme to be presented at the Small Island Developing States conference in Samoa, says one in four Pacific Islanders are living below the poverty line.

United Nations launches new funding facility for the Pacific

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:14 AEST

The Small Island Developing States Conference opens in Samoa this morning, with partnerships as its theme.

Negotiations underway for release of Fiji peacekeepers captured by rebels

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:44 AEST

Fij's interim government says it is working closely with the United Nations to try to secure the release of 44 of the country's peacekeepers.

Mt Tavurvur erupts

Papua New Guinea's Mount Tavurvur volcano erupts back to life

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:44 AEST

Schools and local stores were closed in the Papua New Guinean town of Rabaul, after the volcano Mt Tavurvur began erupting early in the morning.

Another no confidence motion lodged in Vanuatu

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:45 AEST

A motion of no confidence in Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman has been lodged with the country's Speaker.

No domestic observers reportedly allowed for Fiji election

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:53 AEST

Fiji's Domestic Elections Observation Group says it's been refused permission to monitor next month's election.

Health surveillance program to prevent transmission of infectious diseases at SIDS

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:46 AEST

A mass health surveillance program is underway in Samoa ahead of next week's Small Island Developing States conference - to try to prevent the possible spread of highly infectious diseases.

Climate change on agenda at SIDS conference

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:25 AEST

Climate change is set to dominate much of the discussions at the Small Island Developing States conference, with the Pacific Islands often seen to be at the frontline of climate change.

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