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.


Former Solomons speaker slams conduct of previous parliament

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:37 AEST

The immediate former speaker in Solomon Islands, Sir Allan Kemakeza has described the last parliament as the worst he'd observed of the previous five Parliament was dissolved on September 8th, ahead of national elections on November 19.

Woman's death from multi-drug resistant TB raises concerns in Australia

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:38 AEST

Tests on a woman who died from tuberculosis in the Cairns Hospital in far north Queensland, have confirmed she died from a multi drug resistant strain of the disease.

Female police say PNG domestic abuse a serious challenge

Updated 14 October 2014, 17:39 AEST

Two female police officers working in domestic violence recently swapped countries.

Palau's President pushing for business leaders' support on marine sanctuary

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:34 AEST

The President of Palau has moved to reassure the country's business sector over the expected revenue hit when plans for a Marine Sanctuary come into force, and commercial fishing in Palau's waters comes to an end.

West Papuan activists lobby Washington for imprisoned French journalists

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:35 AEST

More than two months after two French journalists were arrested in West Papua, new efforts are underway to have them released.

Henry Puna demands opposition 'stop playing games'

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:36 AEST

Henry Puna's position as Cook Islands Prime Minister is set to be tested in the coming months.

PNG needs to rebalance budget: Expert

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:37 AEST

Papua New Guinea's government is due to hand down its budget for the coming year in parliament next month.

Women increasingly taking on policing role in pacific

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:38 AEST

A record number of female recruits to the police force in Vanuautu reflects a growing trend across the Pacific.

IRB urged to allow players to switch country

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:39 AEST

The Chief Executive of the Rugby Union Players' Association is urging the International Rugby Board to decide once and for all where it stands on players switching allegiance from one country to another.

Last call for sponsors to jump on board with the PNG Games

Updated 14 October 2014, 10:40 AEST

A final call has gone out for sponsors to get behind Papua New Guinea's national games in Lae next month.

Pacific 'climate warriors' plan to stop Australian coal exports

Updated 13 October 2014, 17:26 AEST

The climate-change protest being organised at the Newcastle coal port by a group of young people from 12 Pacific Island countries has been as much a cultural journey as a political one.

Fiji Times staff to study NZ reporting of parliament

Updated 13 October 2014, 17:26 AEST

The Fiji Times is sending two of its staff to New Zealand to observe how the media in a democracy handle the reporting of parliament.

Calls to tackle human trafficking in Marshall Islands

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:18 AEST

Marshall Islands Justice Minister Rien Morris made headlines before the close of parliament earlier this month with his call for establishing a committee to strengthen the country's efforts to tackle human trafficking.

Call for Fiji to give union movement more freedom

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:19 AEST

The International Labor Organisation has wrapped up a visit to Fiji the first time an I-L-O mission has been allowed in the country since one was expelled in 2012.

Fiji to be readmitted to Chiefs of Police Conference

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:52 AEST

Police chiefs from across the Pacific are flying into New Zealand for annual talks on crime and law enforcement issues.

PNG rehearses disaster response

Updated 13 October 2014, 17:12 AEST

The United Nations is marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, and in the lead up Papua New Guinea has held an emergency exercise, responding to a hypothetical magnitude 7.

Plans to oust Prime Minister Henry Puna thwarted

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:56 AEST

Plans for a coalition to oust Prime Minister Henry Puna were thwarted last week at the first sitting of parliament since the general election in July.

Fiji topples Samoa in Battle of the Pacific at Gold Coast Sevens

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:56 AEST

The final at the opening round of the IRB World Sevens Series in Australia turned out to be an all-Pacific affair.

Hard going for Vanuatu in rugby league test against the Philippines

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:58 AEST

In Vanuatu the home side was taking on the Asian Champions the Philippines in a one-off test.

Samoa's Lupe top the ladder at OFC Champions League qualifier

Updated 13 October 2014, 12:57 AEST

Now soccer and for the second year in a row, Samoa has taken out the OFC Champions League qualifying tournament, this team through Lupe Ole Soaga.

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