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.


Solomons on brink of new political era, says Registrar

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:51 AEST

MPs in Solomon Islands who have been criticised for being largely inactive during parliamentary debate may struggle to hold on to their seats at this year's election as a wave of political change sweeps through the country.

Attitudes to disability improving in Pacific: NGO

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:52 AEST

Nearly one in five Pacific Islanders are living with a disability, according to the United Nations.

Pro-independence party pulls out of New Caledonia referendum talks

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:53 AEST

The President of France, Francois Hollande, is due to visit New Caledonia next month and it's likely he will find himself in the midst of a political storm.

Guam veterans feel ignored by Washington: filmmaker

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:45 AEST

As the debate continues in the United States over boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria, there's a fair chance that when and if more American troops are deployed, a disproportionate number will be from the US territory of Guam.

PNG soccer squad trains in Gold Coast

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:55 AEST

The national women's soccer squad from Papua New Guinea is heading for home after an intensive two week training camp on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Labour mobility crucial to PACER Plus: trade advisor

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:56 AEST

It's had a long and difficult history but negotiations towards the Pacific or PACER PLUS free trade deal are continuing.

Norfolk Island backs push for medical cannabis

Updated 1 October 2014, 9:56 AEST

The Norfolk Island Government has come out in support of the Greens push to legalise medicinal cannabis in Australia.

Refugees protest against Australia's asylum policies in Nauru

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:19 AEST

A refugee on Nauru has says he and other refugees and asylum seekers have been cheated and discriminated against by the Australian government.

What happens if Nauru runs out of money?

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

Nauru may be facing bankruptcy, with a US company, Firebird, taking legal action in Australia to recover $30 million it says Nauru owes it as part of a bond issue.

Bougainville calls for withdrawal of 'inaccurate' report by Aust NGO

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:17 AEST

Bougainville's President and the nine key landowner organisations surrounding the Rio Tinto-owned Panguna copper mine have slammed a report by Australian NGO Jubilee Australia saying it is inaccurate, misleading and irresponsible.

Solomons health authorities coping with measles outbreak

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

A measles outbreak in Solomon Islands has seen six deaths, and 2,800 suspected cases so far.

Pacific leaders raise climate change warnings at UN assembly

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister says his country faces existential threats brought on by climate change.

Pacific sourced chocolate commands premium price

Updated 30 September 2014, 17:15 AEST

An Australian chocolate maker says cocoa beans sourced from the Pacific are proving very popular with consumers.

Solomons MPs not pulling their weight: Transparency SI

Updated 30 September 2014, 10:42 AEST

A report from Transparency Solomon Islands has found that only seven Solomon Islands MPs contributed to more than half of the bills debated in the 9th Parliament.

Annual environment talks underway in Majuro

Updated 30 September 2014, 10:41 AEST

Biodiversity management, climate change, waste management and environmental monitoring are just some of the issues that will be on the agenda as the 25th annual SPREP meeting gets underway in Majuro, Marshall Islands.

Research grant to tackle smoking, bad diet in Pacific

Updated 30 September 2014, 10:42 AEST

Tobacco use and poor nutrition are among the biggest killers in the Pacific.

American Samoa remembers tsunami victims

Updated 30 September 2014, 10:43 AEST

It's five years since a devastating magnitude 8.

Anger as IRB curbs country-of-origin Pacific players

Updated 30 September 2014, 10:44 AEST

There is widespread anger in rugby circles around the Pacific, after the IRB tantalisingly opened the door for former All-Blacks and Wallabies to play for their home countries once again, only to slam the door shut within weeks.

Samoa Rugby signs deal with Dragons

Updated 30 September 2014, 10:45 AEST

There is some good news with the Samoa Rugby Union signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Asia Pacific Dragons, the Singapore-based franchise that is bidding to take the 18th slot in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016.

Concern over fate of gay asylum seekers in PNG

Updated 29 September 2014, 17:20 AEST

Amnesty International is concerned about the fate of gay asylum seekers being held at the Australian government's detention centre on Manus Island, if they are to be resettled in Papua New Guinea.

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