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.


Concern about ongoing Vanuatu Cyclone Pam relief because aid is needed

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

Nearly two months after Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, killing 17 people and forcing tens of thousands out of their homes, disaster management officials say international assistance is starting to dry up.

Cyclone Pam costs Vanuatu workforce millions of vatu in lost wages

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

Only now is the true picture of the economic cost of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu becoming clear, with the Labor Commission estimating that more than a quarter of a million working days have been lost.

Concerns for people in Temotu's outer islands weeks after Cyclone Pam

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

Ever since Cyclone Pam struck nearly two months ago, there's been an intense focus on the disaster relief effort in Vanuatu and rather less on the other affected countries, including Solomon Islands.

Online debate on tax-free salaries for Solomon Island MPs described as 'an explosion of anger'

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:02 AEST

The plan to provide Solomon Islands MPs with tax-free salaries has prompted a reaction on social media that is unprecedented within the country.

Palau politicians set up final push on Marine Sanctuary legislation

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:01 AEST

The centre-piece of Tommy Remengesau Junior's presidency in Palau appears to be on the brink of becoming law at last.

Race against time to get Cricket PNG facilities up to ODI standards by

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:01 AEST

The push is on to persuade more sponsors to jump on board with Cricket PNG, as the higher the national team rises, the greater the demand for quality facilities and financial backing to pay for them.

Australia & NZ rugby juniors have to battle hard for 2nd round wins at Oceania championship

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:00 AEST

At the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship on the Gold Coast, Australia and New Zealand have both made it two wins out of two but the results don't tell the whole story.

ONOC keen to see more reporters in the field covering Pacific sport

Updated 6 May 2015, 10:59 AEST

There's a renewed push to ramp up sports coverage right across the region with ONOC, the Oceania National Olympic Committees extending its memorandum of understanding with the Pacific Islands News Associations.

Unions call for halt to increase in Australian seasonal work

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:27 AEST

The Australian Pacific Seasonal Work Program may become embroiled in a growing controversy around the exploitation of backpackers and other short-term foreign workers in Australia's horticulture industy.

Legal precendent could halt controversial Solomon Islands MP salary changes

Updated 5 May 2015, 17:51 AEST

As we heard, the High Court in Solomon Islands is set to hear a challenge to the decision that will grant tax-free salaries to the country's MPs.

NGO umbrella group calls for consultations on Solomon Islands MP salary changes

Updated 5 May 2015, 17:52 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the campaign against tax-free salaries for MPs continues.

PNG's East New Britain rattled again by 7-point-five magnitude quake

Updated 5 May 2015, 17:53 AEST

Papua New Guinea's East New Britain Province has managed to escape yet another strong earthquake, this time 7-point-five magnitude, with only minor damage.

Legal team for Guam same-sex couple wanting to marry not surprised by delay

Updated 5 May 2015, 17:53 AEST

A legal team in Guam fighting to allow equal marriage rights for same-sex couples says they're not surprised by the latest move from the Calvo administration.

Fijian midwives step in for exhausted ni-Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam

Updated 5 May 2015, 17:54 AEST

A group of midwives from Fiji are now running the maternity ward at Vanuatu's main hospital as they give the exhausted local team a break.

Court challenge to Solomon Islands tax-free MP salaries plan

Updated 5 May 2015, 12:07 AEST

A citizens' group in Solomon Islands has launched a constitutional challenge to the plan to offer tax-free salaries to MPs.

Online campaign for peaceful demonstration against tax-free MP salaries

Updated 5 May 2015, 11:43 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the social media campaign against the tax-free salaries for MPs continues.

Taiwan says it confident of an enduring relationship with Solomon Islands

Updated 5 May 2015, 11:44 AEST

Taiwan's Ambassador to Solomon Islands says he believes his country's 30-year relationship with Honiara takes precedence over any potential overtures from China.

A call for private sector support and SOE reform to improve PNG's economic prospects

Updated 5 May 2015, 11:45 AEST

A report into Papua New Guinea's economy recommends that the government take more action to support the private sector and reform state-owned enterprises.

IOC President "inspired" by resilience of Vanuatu people

Updated 5 May 2015, 12:43 AEST

The President of the International Olympic Committee has completed a two-day visit to Vanuatu to see for himself the impact that Cyclone Pam has had on the country's sporting community.

Junior rugby championship underway on Gold Coast

Updated 5 May 2015, 11:48 AEST

They'll be hoping for better weather on Australia's Gold Coast today, with the second round of matches due to be played in the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship.

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