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.


Vanuatu's former prime minister wants to change the country's constitution

Updated 16 June 2015, 17:36 AEST

Vanuatu's former prime minister Edward Natapei says he wants to change the country's constitution to reduce the number of no confidence motions in parliament.

Fiji opposition unhappy over police permits

Updated 16 June 2015, 17:38 AEST

Fiji's opposition political parties allege that plain clothes police officers are present at their constituency meetings, and this is creating a climate of intimidation.

Independence the focus of Bougainville President's second term

Updated 16 June 2015, 11:44 AEST

Bougainville's re-elected president John Momis has highlighted the upcoming referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea as the priority for his second term.

Port Moresby is not "a gulag": Governor Powes Parkop

Updated 16 June 2015, 11:43 AEST

National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, has defended the removal of razor wire from targeted districts, saying Port Moresby is safer now than it used to be and it's time the city stopped looking like "a gulag".

Australians more concerned about climate change, support aid cuts: Lowy poll

Updated 16 June 2015, 11:43 AEST

The annual poll conducted by the the Lowy Institute in Sydney should make interesting reading in the wider Pacific, as it reveals a rising level of concern among Australians about climate change.

Health spending in foreign aid an investment, not an expense

Updated 16 June 2015, 11:41 AEST

The Australian Government has unveiled a new health for development strategy that will be the focus of targeted aid for the next five years.

Palau burns boats, but not its bridges, in crack down on illegal fishing

Updated 16 June 2015, 11:39 AEST

The decision by the government of Palau to order the destruction of a number of fishing boats seized while operating illegally in Palauan waters has made headlines around the world.

Rare birds make Papua New Guinea a desirable destination for birdwatch

Updated 16 June 2015, 11:39 AEST

A researcher at Griffith University in Australia has found that Papua New Guinea is the most desired travel location in the Pacific for bird watchers.

Barramundis set make their Intercontinental Cup debut against the Netherlands

Updated 16 June 2015, 11:38 AEST

A momentous day lies ahead for the Barramundis, who are set to play the Netherlands in Amesterdam in their Intercontinental Cup debut.

Samoa opts out of Pacific Games soccer tournament

Updated 16 June 2015, 11:37 AEST

Football Federation Samoa has opted not to send a men's team to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea next month, deciding instead to focus on the first round of Oceania World Cup qualifying later in the year.

Fiji opposition wants military numbers cut

Updated 15 June 2015, 17:59 AEST

Fiji's opposition leader wants Fiji's military numbers cut back.

Another no confidence motion in Vanuatu

Updated 15 June 2015, 17:58 AEST

The political drama in Vanuatu is far from over after last week's change of government.

PNG government accused of dragging feet on WCCI

Updated 15 June 2015, 18:01 AEST

A organisation in PNG which was set up to encourage women to get into business says the government is yet to give it official accreditation.

Bougainville government to be sworn in this morning

Updated 15 June 2015, 12:05 AEST

The third government of Bougainville will be sworn in this morning at Parliament House in Buka, kicking off a day of celebration.

Team PNG lead this year's Walk Against Corruption in Port Moresby

Updated 15 June 2015, 12:06 AEST

Just three weeks out from the Pacific Games, and Team PNG have turned out at the head of the ninth annual Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption in Port Moresby.

PNA to charge for the use of Fish Aggregating Devices next year

Updated 15 June 2015, 12:06 AEST

In a trial to begin in January, the Pacific's fishing nations are to start charging $US1,000 for every Fish Aggregating Device set in the western and central fishery.

Marshall Islands fisheries to benefit from million dollar grants

Updated 15 June 2015, 13:01 AEST

The United States government is backing major expansion of fisheries and aquaculture development projects for remote atolls in the Marshall Islands that local officials say will be a "game changer" for economic advancement in a nation heavily dependent on donor aid.

Solomon Islands' climate plight the focus of an upcoming documentary

Updated 15 June 2015, 12:08 AEST

Climate change is a daily concern for many Pacific Island countries, but for people living in Australia, it's often something at the back of people's minds.

Fisherman and his nephew rescued in Cook Islands

Updated 15 June 2015, 12:10 AEST

A successful search and rescue mission for a fisherman and his nephew from the island of Manihiki made headlines in Cook Islands this week.

PNG Hunters enjoy historic night under lights at new Pacific Games sta

Updated 15 June 2015, 12:11 AEST

The PNG Hunters have made it a club record seven wins in a row after defeating Souths Logan Magpies in front of a capacity crowd at the Pacific Games stadium in Port Moresby.

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