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.


Local landowner says few benefits from Manus Island detention centre

Updated 5 September 2014, 12:31 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, there are reports on the ground that the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island is being 'wound down'.

Vanuatu's political manoeuvres back in court

Updated 5 September 2014, 13:47 AEST

Vanuatu’s Supreme Court is hearing an appeal against the Speaker’s ruling, that a motion of no confidence lodged by the Opposition is invalid.

Promoting women in business a key to improving Pacific economies

Updated 5 September 2014, 12:30 AEST

The International Trade Centre says linking women entrepreneurs in the Pacific to the global economy will boost growth for Small Island Developing States.

Fiji Muslim backlash comments condemned

Updated 4 September 2014, 16:36 AEST

There's been strong condemnation of comments that Muslims in Fiji could face a backlash, if anything happens to the country's captured peacekeepers in Syria.

Problems as Fiji pre-polling begins but Election Supervisor happy

Updated 4 September 2014, 16:37 AEST

Staying in Fiji, where pre-polling is underway ahead of the September 17th election.

Calls for investigation into Manus Island's 'secret' detention compound

Updated 4 September 2014, 16:32 AEST

The Australian Government is facing further criticism of its treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island.

PNG facing health emergency with discovery of drug-resistant TB

Updated 4 September 2014, 16:33 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea say an almost incurable strain of tuberculosis has been found in the capital Port Moresby.

Marshall Islands lashes Australia, India and China on climate change

Updated 4 September 2014, 16:34 AEST

The Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands has joined the Samoan Prime Minister and President of Kiribati in calling on Australia to do more on climate change.

NZ parties vie for Pacific votes

Updated 4 September 2014, 16:35 AEST

Efforts to attract votes from Pacific Island people in New Zealand's election are becoming a feature of the campaign.

Climate change advocate calls for greater commitment from the big poll

Updated 4 September 2014, 12:05 AEST

Climate change has been a major theme at this year's SIDS conference, acting as a precursor to the Climate Change Summit in New York later this year.

SPREP sets up significant international environmental partnerships

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:54 AEST

Some significant deals have been done in Samoa this week at the Small Islands Developing States conference where the theme of the summit is partnerships.

Tonga sets a precedent as it acts to control seabed mining

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:55 AEST

The day when minerals will be mined from under the sea around Tonga may not be too far away now but when that day comes, the Tongan government will already have the necessary legal protections in place.

Fijian soccer star looks to make his mark in the A-League

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:56 AEST

The 10th anniversary season of the A-League is just over a month away, and the sole Fijian player to feature in Australia's premier soccer competition will be looking to make his mark.

Australian Rugby Union searches for future rugby 7s stars

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:57 AEST

Budding rugby sevens stars please take note - the Australian Rugby Union is on the look out for new talent and, if they're good enough, they could be representing Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Leaked reports from PNG show ongoing tensions at the Manus Island detention centre

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:58 AEST

Leaked reports from the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island have revealed ongoing tensions between asylum seekers as well as cases of self-harm.

Doctors to make a decision about Manus Island detainee on life support

Updated 4 September 2014, 11:00 AEST

Australian doctors are expected to make a decision today about switching off the life support system keeping a young Iranian asylum seeker alive.

NGO head says the Samoan summit will have lasting significance

Updated 4 September 2014, 11:01 AEST

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations has been at SIDS representing the local NGO front.

Fijian peacekeepers capture a challenge for the UN

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:23 AEST

The capture of 45 Fiji peacekeepers by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights could lead to a re-think of peacekeeping operations.

PNG human rights activist calls for recognition of the plight of West

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:23 AEST

A Papua New Guinean human rights activist says his country - and the region -should be doing more to assist the people of West Papua.

Pacific Churches to raise West Papua with regional governments

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:24 AEST

The Pacific Council of Churches is ramping up its campaign to put the issue of self-determination for West Papuans on the international agenda.

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