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.


New study examines the effectiveness of Chinese aid to the Pacific

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:16 AEST

New research shows Pacific countries are becoming better at getting what they want from Chinese aid, but substantial problems remain.

PNG business leader calls for action on lawlessness

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:15 AEST

One of Papua New Guinea's most prominent businessmen says the problem of lawlessness is a complex one, but the government needs to tackle it.

Tonga election likely to focus on economy

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:14 AEST

Tonga's election is three months away, and the main issue appears likely to be the economy.

Aust government attempts to shift focus from Senate budget blackhole

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:13 AEST

The Abbott Government in Australia is trying to counter the perception that its entire budget is stuck in a Senate blackhole - by pointing out that billions of dollars of savings measures have already gone through the Upper House.

Falling wages good for employment - Reserve Bank governor

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:13 AEST

The governor of Australia's Reserve Bank has played down concerns about falling wages in Australia.

Australian netball club collects donations for Vanuatu

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:47 AEST

Dedicated members of the Olinda Ferny Creek Football and Netball Club in outer Melbourne have been hard at work loading eleven tonnes of medical equipment, sporting goods, tools and educational supplies into a shipping container.

PNG hopes high in AFL International Cup final

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:47 AEST

The Grand Final in this year's AFL International Cup will be a re-run of the 2011 encounter between Ireland and Papua New Guinea.

New book on NZ politics dirties PM Key

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:49 AEST

The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, is reportedly unhappy about a new book on his government.

Sustainable agriculture a key issue at Horticulture Congress

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:50 AEST

The International Horticulture Congress continues throughout the week in Brisbane with some three thousand delegates in attendance, including a sizeable contingent from the Pacific.

Climate change adds to labour migration

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:50 AEST

It's already common for Pacific Islanders to leave their homes to work overseas, but that practice is expected to increase as the effects of climate change make the need for regular remittances more urgent.

PNG police seek more suspects in Manus murder

Updated 20 August 2014, 8:51 AEST

Police in Papua New Guinea say they want to arrest more suspects - including two expatriates - over the murder of an Iranian asylum seeker.

Tearful farewell for Sean Dorney

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:56 AEST

Former ABC correspondent, Sean Dorney says the most harrowing story he covered in more that 40 years reporting on the Pacific was the Aitape tsunami in northern Papua New Guinea.

Shooting video actually aftermath Somali pirate attack - Southwick

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:38 AEST

Police in Fiji have asked Interpol for help in verifying a video which appears to show the murder of fishermen at sea.

Fiji Methodist Church marks reconciliation between factions

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:38 AEST

Fiji's influential Methodist Church has staged a public show of internal reconciliation to mark it's 50th anniversary of independence.

Fiji election observers focus too narrow

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:37 AEST

International election observers in Fiji should not just concentrate on the technicalities of the voting system on election day.

Conservationsts says more protection needed for Great Barrier Reef

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:37 AEST

Conservationists in Australia are calling for an overhaul of the body that is meant to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Asylum seeker children to be released from detention in Australia

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:36 AEST

The Australian government's plans to release children from immigration detention into the community are sparking concerns among support agencies.

Tonga to use rugby to sell everything from tourism to agric exports

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:35 AEST

Businesses in Tonga have decided to hitch a ride on the coat tails of their famous sports-people.

Sean Dorney retires after 40 years reporting on the Pacific

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:36 AEST

This week Radio Australia, and it's parent organisation the ABC are saying good bye to Sean Dorney.

AFL International Cup semi finals sees PNG take on NZ

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

It's semi-finals day at the AFL International Cup in Melbourne, with defending champions Ireland taking on South Africa in one semi, while the runner-up from last time, Papua New Guinea will take on New Zealand.

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