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.


Guam lawyer on the legal implications of first same sex marriage

Updated 10 June 2015, 5:40 AEST

Bill Pesch, from the Guam Family Law Office, represented Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero when they decided to sue after earlier being denied a marriage licence by the Guam's Vital Statistics department back in April.

Guam grants first marriage licence to same sex couple

Updated 10 June 2015, 5:40 AEST

Two lesbian women in Guam have made history today, becoming the first gay couple there to be granted a marriage licence.

Australian Police investigate Nauru bribery allegations

Updated 9 June 2015, 10:26 AEST

Nauru's president and its Justice minister are at the centre of serious bribery allegations involving an Australian phosphate company.

Suspended MP says bribery allegations well known

Updated 9 June 2015, 10:25 AEST

Roland Kun is one of five suspended members of the Nauru parliament.

Former President: bribery allegations causing a storm

Updated 9 June 2015, 10:25 AEST

Former Nauru president Sprent Dabwido is currently a suspended member of the Opposition.

PNG gold mine shut after landowners halt operations

Updated 9 June 2015, 10:23 AEST

Heavily armed police have flown to Lihir Island to re-open PNG's largest gold mine, after landowners halted operations and demanded talks with Australian company Newcrest Mining Ltd.

Site has reopened, says mining company

Updated 9 June 2015, 10:19 AEST

Newcrest has confirmed the Lihir mine was shut for 36 hours in response to the concerns of the local community.

300 homeless after PNG police rampage

Updated 9 June 2015, 10:17 AEST

Reports out of PNG say more than 300 people in Enga province are homeless after police from neighbouring Western Highlands province went on a violent rampage through their village.

Palau woman sues police officers and the government for millions over prison attack

Updated 10 June 2015, 13:34 AEST

In what's thought to be the first case of its kind in Palau, nearly a dozen police officers as well as the Government are being sued over allegations of negligence and inappropriate conduct.

Coach praises Fiji showing at u20 soccer World Cup

Updated 9 June 2015, 10:16 AEST

Fiji's FIFA debut has come and gone, with the country's under-20s side bowing out of the group matches after a three-nil loss to Uzbekistan at the weekend.

PNG's High Performance program proves its promise

Updated 9 June 2015, 10:15 AEST

When the Papua New Guinea team marches into the stadium at the climax of the 2015 Pacific Games opening ceremony on July 4th, it will not only be the largest team ever to represent the country, but also the best prepared.

Getting Fiji beggars off streets a big challenge

Updated 8 June 2015, 17:05 AEST

Attempts by the Fiji government to help get long term beggars off the streets could prove very challenging, according to Neil Maharaj, head of the Fiji Council of Social Services.

Appeal court rejects citizenship for American Samoans

Updated 8 June 2015, 17:05 AEST

An American appeals court has ruled people from American Samoa do not automatically qualify for U.

John Momis re-elected as President of Bougainville in landslide victor

Updated 9 June 2015, 9:19 AEST

In Bougainville, John Momis has been re-elected president of the Autonomous Region, gaining around half of the votes and easily defeating eight other presidential candidates.

Sports Minister says PNG will produce world champions within the next decade

Updated 8 June 2015, 10:54 AEST

The Minister for Sport in Papua New Guinea, Justin Tkatchenko, is predicting that PNG will produce world champion athletes within the next decade, on the back of the government's huge investment in the Pacific Games.

PNG Pacific Games gold medalists to receive cash rewards

Updated 8 June 2015, 10:58 AEST

The government of Papua New Guinea has given each one of PNG's athletes competing at next month's Pacific Games every incentive to win gold, with a promise of big cash rewards for every winner, be they individual or team members.

Concerns over unemployable medical graduates in Solomon Islands

Updated 8 June 2015, 18:07 AEST

The Solomon Islands Health ministry has admitted a large proportion of its medical students being trained in Cuba won't be able to employed within the country's health system when they return home.

Cook Islands PM heads to NZ to discuss international plans

Updated 8 June 2015, 11:01 AEST

Cook Islands' Prime Minister Henry Puna is due to meet his New Zealand counterpart on Tuesday to discuss moves for Cook Islands' own seat in the United Nations.

Professor Brij Lal awarded Order of Australia

Updated 8 June 2015, 11:02 AEST

A Fiji-born academic who has been a long time critic of the regime installed by a military coup in Fiji led by Frank Bainimarama, has been awarded the Order of Australia.

Former Tongan attorney general honoured

Updated 8 June 2015, 11:03 AEST

An Australian lawyer who controversially resigned as Tonga's attorney-general has been awarded the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday Honours.

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