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Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.
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Australia

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Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

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English


Episodes

Questions raised over Australian Government's new TV funding for Pacific

1/22/2019
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Questions about the level of consultation and also the suitability of content are now being asked, following the Australian government's announcement of a multi-million dollar plan to fund Australian television content in the Pacific.

Duration:00:04:30

PNG PM confident of successful Bougainville independence vote despite financial issues

1/22/2019
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Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is confident this year's vote on independence for Bougainville will be delivered successfully, despite growing concerns that financial limitations are holding up preparations for the June referendum.

Duration:00:06:52

Tonga undersea cable fault sparks communication breakdown for business, emergency services

1/22/2019
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A fault in an undersea communications cable is causing huge issues in Tonga, with emergency services having trouble relaying messages and businesses struggling to operate.

Duration:00:03:48

Pacific Beat: Wednesday

1/22/2019
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On the program: PNG's Prime Minister defends his government's financial assistance for this year's historic independence vote in Bougainville and why Tonga has been left virtually disconnected from the rest of the world.

Duration:00:24:56

Solomon Islands MP stands trial for allegedly misusing SI$3 million in shipping grant funds

1/21/2019
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In Solomon Islands the trial has begun of an MP who is accused of allegedly misusing shipping grant funds worth 3 million Solomon Islands Dollars.

Duration:00:03:01

Pacific Beat: Tuesday

1/21/2019
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On the program: PNG police crackdown on their own, with more than 30 officers arrested and charged in the past four months, and there are concerns in Fiji about proposed rules to govern the behaviour of the country's political leaders and public officials.

Duration:00:24:53

More than 30 PNG police officers arrested in four months

1/21/2019
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Human Rights Watch has accused the PNG government of failing to address police abuse and cases of police brutality, but the minister responsible says they are addressing ill-discipline, pointing to a crackdown that's seen more than 30 officers arrested and charged in the past four months alone.

Duration:00:04:14

Marshall Islands pushes ahead with digital currency despite warnings from international bodies

1/20/2019
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The government has enlisted the help of a blockchain expert famous for overseeing cryptocurrency policy in Malta, despite the IMF strongly cautioning against the digital tender, warning that it could ruin the Marshalls' economic reputation.

Duration:00:04:28

Rugby league legend says Australian funding is 'missing link' for the sport in Fiji

1/20/2019
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Rugby league champion Petero Civoniceva says the game has finally found its "missing link" in Fiji with the Australian government's promise of financial support for a Fijian team in the NSWRL competition.

Duration:00:04:58

Pacific Beat: Monday

1/20/2019
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On the program: PNG's only radiation machine won't work – and the consequences can be fatal, and a year after Kiribati's worst maritime disaster, family members who lost loved ones are still asking questions about what went wrong.

Duration:00:24:58

Family members still have questions, one year on from Kiribati ferry disaster

1/20/2019
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Family members of those onboard a ferry that went missing in Kiribati this time last year, say they still have questions about how and why their loved ones never made it home.

Duration:00:03:56

Fiji's Prime Minister delivers message to Australia on climate change

1/17/2019
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Fiji's Prime Minister has delivered a thinly veiled rebuke to Australia on climate change during the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's trip to the Pacific.

Duration:00:05:47

Concerns in Bougainville over funding for historic independence referendum

1/17/2019
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Less than six months before a planned independence referendum in Bougainville, there are concerns a lack of funding could stymie the vote.

Duration:00:03:42

Drug expert warns of risks to Top End as Australia loosens kava import restrictions

1/17/2019
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An expert in the prevention of community drug and alcohol abuse has said the Australian government will need to think carefully about its plan to relax restrictions on kava imports from Vanuatu.

Duration:00:03:47

Australia and Fiji commit to new era of diplomatic relations as 'family'

1/17/2019
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Australia and Fiji are hailing a new era in relations between the two countries, as Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues his historic trip to the Pacific.

Duration:00:10:36

Pacific Beat: Friday

1/17/2019
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On the program: Fiji's Prime minister delivers a thinly-veiled message on climate change while hosting Scott Morrison and the Australian government warned to "think carefully" about its plan to relax restrictions on kava imports from Vanuatu.

Duration:00:24:52

Australian senator chastises Scott Morrison for loading Pacific countries with additional debt

1/16/2019
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The former Australian minister for the Pacific has broken ranks and again publicly criticise her own government for "saddling" Pacific nations with more debt, with the recently announced $2 billion infrastructure fund.

Duration:00:06:05

Pacific search and rescues continue as Coast Guard goes without pay

1/16/2019
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As the standoff over federal funding continues in Washington, Coast Guard members based in the Pacific are working without pay

Duration:00:04:27

Deadline looms for return of missing PNG APEC cars before police take action

1/16/2019
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The clock is ticking in Papua New Guinea, with a deadline of tonight for all APEC vehicles to be returned to the government before police are called to take further action.

Duration:00:03:37

Pacific sports experts stress health, social benefits amid event funding struggles

1/16/2019
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While those involved in Pacific sporting organisations acknowledge that government resources are finite, they say its social and health benefits shouldn't be underestimated.

Duration:00:04:45