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.


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.

Iconic Rarotongan Resort up for sale

Updated 29 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

One of the Pacific's iconic tourist ventures has been put up for sale.

Fijian ginger imports to Australia criticised as a bio-hazard

Updated 29 September 2014, 17:22 AEST

Horticulture groups in Australia are outraged that fresh ginger from Fiji is being imported amid what they say are major biosecurity concerns.

No isolation for XDR TB patients at Port Moresby General Hospital

Updated 29 September 2014, 17:23 AEST

The doctor in charge of treating tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea's biggest public hospital says he doesn't have space to isolate patients with the most deadly form of the disease.

Nauruans concerned about government going broke

Updated 29 September 2014, 17:23 AEST

An opposition MP on Nauru says people are concerned about the possible shut down of all government services due to legal action by a US-based funds manager.

Indigenous Peoples' summit pushed out of the spotlight

Updated 29 September 2014, 11:54 AEST

During a frantic week in New York when world leaders gathered to discuss climate change and the security situation in Syria and Iraq, a meeting of the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples has largely slipped under the radar.

Marshall Islands poet returns home to great acclaim

Updated 29 September 2014, 11:55 AEST

It was the presentation that electrified the UN Climate Summit in New York.

Scientists hope new GM crops could help feed world's poor

Updated 29 September 2014, 11:55 AEST

Scientists from Melbourne University are fine-tuning new strains of rice and wheat that could help feed hundreds of millions of poverty stricken and malnourished people around the world - including people in the Pacific.

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