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.

Stories

New UN Human Rights Commissioner critical of Australia's asylum seeker policies

Updated 9 September 2014, 11:08 AEST

The incoming United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has crticised Australia's asylum seeker policy.

Universal sanitation in Pacific island nations may be difficult to achieve

Updated 9 September 2014, 11:05 AEST

When it comes to supplying safe drinking water and providing basic sanitation to their people, the Pacific islands are going backwards.

Million dollar prize on offer for Manu Samoa if they win the World Cup

Updated 9 September 2014, 11:09 AEST

The players who represent Manu Samoa in the Rugby World Cup next year will have a $1million incentive to do better than any Samoan team has ever done before.

PNG soccer players turning heads with their performance in Singapore

Updated 9 September 2014, 10:36 AEST

The coach of the PNG soccer team says his players have surprised many during their trip to Singapore, and some of them could be in line for professional contracts on the basis of their performance in the city state.

Kids-teaching-kids environmental movement likely to benefit the Pacific

Updated 9 September 2014, 10:38 AEST

The Kids Teaching Kids movement in Australia is into its 15th year, and it's attracting attention from high places.

Fijiana confident of winning a place at World Sevens top table

9 September 2014, 7:34 AEST

The women's rugby sevens team from Fiji are on their way to Hong Kong to compete in the qualifying tournament for next season's World Series.

Kiribati considering referendum on the death penalty

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Kiribati is considering holding a referendum to decide if the death penalty should be introduced for the worst murders, including for husbands who kill their wives or partners.

Catholic Church in Kiribati says death penalty not required

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:26 AEST

The Catholic church in Kiribati says there is no evidence that capital punishment prevents murders.

Australia assisting Fiji to get peacekeepers back

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:28 AEST

Australia says it's doing all it can to help Fiji with efforts to secure the safe release of 45 captured UN peacekeepers.

Labour concerned about Fiji election pre-polling

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:29 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister may be pleased with the election preparations, but a Fijian opposition party has concerns about the way pre-polling is being conducted.

Fiji break in targets laptops with political party documents

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:30 AEST

A Fiji political party says thieves targeted laptops containing confidential political documents, when they broke into their headquarters last week.

Fiji's human rights record under spotlight ahead of election

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:30 AEST

With final campaigning underway in Fiji, the country's record on human rights is under the spotlight.

Court rules in favour of Vanuatu's Speaker

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:31 AEST

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the parliamentary speaker, who last week declared a motion of no confidence which had been lodged by the Opposition, as invalid.

New pilot program to address development issues in PNG's Western Province

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:32 AEST

Despite living only kilometres apart, life for Papua New Guineans in the Western Province can be drastically different than that of their Australian neighbours in the Torres Strait.

Remittances cost could reduce with Australia-Westpac partnership

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:19 AEST

The Australian government is joining forces with the Westpac Bank to boost access to financial services for Fijians and Papua New Guineans.

Lawyer for family of dead asylum seeker welcomes investigation

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:27 AEST

The lawyer for the family of an Iranian asylum seeker who died in an Australian hospital has welcomed the Queensland coroner's decision to investigate it as a 'death in custody'.

End of an era as Gaston Flosse loses French Polynesia presidency

Updated 8 September 2014, 10:14 AEST

In French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse has lost the presidency, after the French President Francois Hollande rejected his request for a over a corruption conviction.

Pacific climate change link between rising temperatures and disease

Updated 8 September 2014, 10:15 AEST

One of the themes of the UN Small Island Developing States conference was climate change and while people are familiar with the issue of rising sea-levels, few connect the problem of rising temperatures and their impact on the spread of communicable diseases.

Caribbean disaster experts pass on their knowledge to the Pacific

Updated 8 September 2014, 10:16 AEST

There's no doubt with experts from one hundred countries in Samoa, the SIDS conference was a melting pot for an exchange of ideas and initiatiives.

Adult literacy in PNG far behind the rest of the Pacific

Updated 8 September 2014, 10:26 AEST

Today is World Literacy Day, and new data shows world literacy is improving, and the literacy gender gap is closing.

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