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 government MPs want Prasad out as Public Accounts Committee chair

Updated 12 November 2014, 18:30 AEDT

The first meeting of the Fiji parliament's Public Accounts Committee had to be abandoned today after government MPs objected to the chairman.

PNG announces first 10 Manus refugee visas

Updated 13 November 2014, 14:48 AEDT

Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato, has just announced the government has granted one year refugee visas to 10 asylum seekers being held at the Manus Island centre.

Positive election vibe in Solomon Islands capital and provinces

Updated 12 November 2014, 18:13 AEDT

In a week's time, Solomon Islands will be heading for the polls in the first election after RAMSI, the 10-year regional intervention to stabilise the country after years of ethnic tension.

Governor, landowners of PNG rainforests feel unrepresented at summit

Updated 12 November 2014, 18:14 AEDT

Several Papua New Guineans who travelled to Australia for the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit say little attention was paid to PNG or the Pacific.

Rift between pro-French New Caledonians on eve of Hollande visit

Updated 12 November 2014, 18:15 AEDT

A rift between pro-French political parties in New Caledonia appears to have deepened in the lead-up to a visit by the French president, Francois Hollande.

Employment project focuses on transport and tourism skills

Updated 12 November 2014, 12:24 AEDT

The Pacific Growth and Employment Project has come to and end after two years of development.

Solomon Islands election contested by hundreds of candidates

Updated 12 November 2014, 12:23 AEDT

Voters will go to the polls in a week's time for Solomon Islands' first general election in the post-RAMSI era.

Kiribati President Anote Tong calls for climate action

Updated 12 November 2014, 12:20 AEDT

Hundreds of people are gathering on and around Sydney Harbour to watch the arrival of a flotilla of Pacific canoes.

Suspicious packages spark panic in New Zealand mailrooms

Updated 12 November 2014, 12:17 AEDT

In New Zealand, suspicious packages caused mailrooms around the country to go into lockdown.

Mua Voyage makes emotional entrance into the Sydney Harbour

Updated 12 November 2014, 12:21 AEDT

The months-long Mua Voyage will has reached its climax.

PNG Hunters' transfer complaint to be investigated by RLIF

Updated 12 November 2014, 12:23 AEDT

The Rugby League International Federation is investigating a complaint from the PNG Hunters over what the club says was a breach of protocol over the transfers of two players, Gary Lo and Jason Tali.

Ten per cent of Papua New Guinea MPs under corruption investigation

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:39 AEDT

Police in Papua New Guinea say they are investigating fifteen members of parliament for corrupt activities, with one arrest already made.

G20 corruption rules could affect Pacific bureaucrats

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:40 AEDT

Politicians and bureaucrats from Pacific nations who are even suspected of corruption could be denied entry in to Australia as part of new rules being looked at by the G20 summit in Brisbane.

New Caledonia visit by French president to bolster anti-independence push

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:41 AEDT

This Sunday, November 16, French president Francois Hollande will depart the G20 summit in Brisbane and fly to New Caledonia.

Drones trialled getting tuberculosis samples from PNG villages

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

The challenges of distance, rugged terrain and poor transport infrastructure are just some of the reasons the disease tuberculosis is such as huge problem in Papua New Guinea.

Radio drama illustrates politics for Solomon Islands women

Updated 11 November 2014, 17:42 AEDT

A radio drama being broadcast on the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation is designed to educate women about politics.

Australia's immigration policies criticised at UN torture hearings

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:22 AEDT

Australia's immigration policies have been criticised at the United Nations Committee Against Torture hearings in Geneva.

Initiative to tackle violence against women and children in PNG

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:23 AEDT

Gender-based assault is all too common in Papua New Guinea, with estimates suggesting two out of three women will be victims at some point in their lives.

Samoa applauded for environmental leadership on shark conservation

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:26 AEDT

Samoa has been congratulated for its environmental leadership after signing a global Memorandum of Understanding to conserve migratory sharks.

Traditional music a valuable education tool in the Federated States of Micronesia

Updated 11 November 2014, 10:25 AEDT

Traditional music is an integral part of culture across much of the Pacific and can be used to connect people to their histories.

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