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.


Should Australia do more humanitarian missions in the Pacific?

Updated 24 September 2014, 7:16 AEST

Australia needs to conduct more humanitarian and disaster relief naval missions in the Pacific in order to compete with increasing attention from Asian nations.

Call for repeal of Fiji's Media Decree

Updated 24 September 2014, 10:12 AEST

Reporters without Borders and the New Zealand-based Pacific Media Centre have called for Fiji to repeal its Media Decree and introduce a Freedom of Information law.

New process for Pacific nuclear test victims

Updated 24 September 2014, 10:48 AEST

The French government has changed the process for compensating victims of the nuclear weapons' testing in French Polynesia.

World leaders gather for emergency meeting on climate change

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:01 AEST

The United Nations Climate Summit opens on Wednesday in New York.

Powerful poetry from Marshallese writer sets scene at Summit

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:15 AEST

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist.

A voice from Boungainville at the UN Climate Change Summit

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:08 AEST

One of the features of the Climate Change Summit in New York City is that it will give people from the Pacific a chance to have their voices heard.

Pacific Lighthouses Initiative to set the benchmark on renewables

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:09 AEST

The small island states in the Pacific and beyond may be bearing the brunt of climate change, but those countries don't want to be seen as helpless victims.

High hopes for Fiji's new female parliamentatians

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:10 AEST

The new Fiji Parliament will have eight women MPs - 16 percent of the total which is significantly higher than the Pacific average of 13.

Underwater initiative to monitor the health of Cook Islands coral

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:11 AEST

From the comfort of their computers, people will soon be able to explore the reefs and whale habitats of Cook Islands.

Palau delegates aim to reverse public opinion on casinos

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:11 AEST

There is another push on by the House of Delegates in Palau to bring in a law that would clear the way for the opening of a casino.

American Samoa's immigration amnesty bill to close loopholes

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:12 AEST

The Immigration Amnesty Bill in American Samoa has been signed off by the Fono and is set to be signed into law by the Governor, Lolo Moliga.

Putting the Pacific's ancient secrets under the microscope

Updated 23 September 2014, 10:42 AEST

The Pacific has long been the subject of archaeological exploration.

Fiji's NFP leader wants strong parliamentary opposition to PM Bainimarama

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:49 AEST

Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama has been sworn in after victory in the country's first democratic elections in eight years.

Australia's new terror laws under scrutiny

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:47 AEST

Australia's battle against terror has seen the biggest expansion of its anti-terrorism laws in nearly a decade today.

Vanuatu's new President elected after political wrangling

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:47 AEST

Vanuatu has a new President, after days of political wrangling.

Thousand protest climate change in New York

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:46 AEST

Protesters from around the world have rallied for urgent global action on climate change, ahead of a UN summit on the issue this week.

Did NZ Pacific voters abandon Labour for National?

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:45 AEST

New Zealand has several MPs of Pacific island heritage after the election on Saturday.

Some Fiji media accused of bias over election coverage

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:44 AEST

Fiji's media watchdog has criticised some of the reporting of opposition parties' allegations about the conduct of last week's election.

Chinese investment builds Vanuatu's Mini Games stadium

Updated 22 September 2014, 17:42 AEST

Sports facilities in Vanuatu are set for an overhaul ahead of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games which will be hosted in Port Vila.

New Zealand's ruling Nationals win a third term with a slim majority

Updated 22 September 2014, 9:32 AEST

New Zealand's Labour Party has suffered its third successive election defeat, with Prime Minister John Key's National Party holding onto power.

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