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.


Moresby businesses call for an end to police road blocks

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:29 AEST

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry says PNG's new police commissioner needs to stop rogue officers from setting up roadblocks in the capital and extorting money from motorists.

Solomon Is economy well placed after floods says ANZ

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:29 AEST

In the wake of last year's floods, Solomon Islands economy is well placed for expansion, according to the ANZ bank.

Tongan Catholic Church says CEDAW is very political

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:26 AEST

Tonga's Catholic Church says holding a referendum on the UN's women's rights convention could be risky for the government.

CEDAW likely to lose in Tongan referendum

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:27 AEST

If Tongans get to vote on whether the country should ratify an international convention on women's rights, it is likely the proposal would lose.

Australian lawyer denied visa by Nauru government

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:27 AEST

The Nauru government has denied an Australian lawyer a visa to represent the government's former media advisor who was deported from the country in controversial circumstances last year.

Urban gardens to improve food security in Vanuatu post-Cyclone Pam

Updated 2 June 2015, 17:30 AEST

Vacant land slated for development in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila could soon be transformed into temporary food gardens filled with cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes.

End of the travel ban important for Bougainville's future

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:01 AEST

Papua New Guinea has lifted its travel ban on Australians travelling to Bougainville that was put in place just two weeks ago, in protest over the Australian government's plan to establish a diplomatic post in autonomous region's capital Buka.

Bougainville peace process to benefit as travel ban ends

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:02 AEST

Papua New Guinea has lifted its travel ban on Australians travelling to Bougainville that was put in place just two weeks ago, in protest over the Australian government's plan to establish a diplomatic post in autonomous region's capital Buka.

Poll shows public support for Australia's cuts to foreign aid

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:07 AEST

The majority of Australians support the Federal Government's recent 1-billion dollar cut to foreign aid.

Illegal tobacco the focus of World Tobacco Day

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:08 AEST

The World Health Organisation says illegal cigarettes are a big issue in the Pacific and wants regional governments to strengthen their laws to help stop the black market trade.

University of Hawaii to remove some telescopes from Mauna Kea

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:09 AEST

The University of Hawaii is being urged to decommission at least three of the 13 telescopes already on Mauna Kea by the time the Thirty Meter Telescope begins operations.

Australia Week star Benson Saulo says PNG's youth must lead the way

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:10 AEST

Youth campaigner Benson Saulo is one of the stars of Australia Week being celebrated in Papua New Guinea - and not just because he has heritage from both countries.

NZ, Australia involvement in Pacific Games not quite what was hoped for

Updated 2 June 2015, 11:11 AEST

Next month's Pacific Games in Port Moresby will be the first to feature teams from Australia and New Zealand, with both countries invited to take part in selected sports.

Fiji scores it's first ever FIFA World Cup goal

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:48 AEST

Despite going down to soccer powerhouse Germany in their opening match of the under-20 FIFA World Cup in Christchurch, Fiji has created a small piece of sporting history.

Cooks denies move to break NZ links

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:46 AEST

The Cook Islands government has strongly denied reports it wants full independence from New Zealand.

Pacific Island cancer survivor publishes a book

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:48 AEST

A New Zealand Pacific Island cancer survivor says there are some specific differences in the way Pacific people deal with cancer.

Fiji economy firing on all cylinders says ANZ Bank

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:47 AEST

The Fiji economy is firing on all cylinders according to the ANZ Bank.

Momis builds lead in Bougainville presidential race

Updated 1 June 2015, 17:47 AEST

Bougainville's incumbent president John Momis has opened up a big lead on his rivals in the island's general election.

Child marriages to become illegal in Papua New Guinea

Updated 1 June 2015, 11:34 AEST

A new law making marriage under the age of 18 illegal is expected to be tabled in Papua New Guinea's parliament soon.

Pacific countries watching PNG on child marriage laws

Updated 1 June 2015, 11:35 AEST

UNICEF figures show that two percent of girls in PNG were married by the time they were 15 years old and 21 percent by the time they were 18 - that's one in five married below what will soon be the new threshhold.

Contact the studio

Got something to say about what you're hearing on the radio right now?

Send your texts to +61 427 72 72 72

Add the hashtag #raonair to add your tweets to the conversation.

Email us your thoughts on an issue. Messages may be used on air.