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Pacific Beat: Friday

On the program today:

Tonga is a nation in mourning as it remembers its Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, who's died, aged 78, and tributes are flowing from right across the Pacific, including the Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat;

The Australian High Commissioner to Tonga speaks of his memories of the late Tongan Prime Minister;

Vanuatu is at risk of experiencing a diabetes epidemic, and now its own Health Ministry is recommending the Government set up specialised medical hubs to deal with the looming crisis, rather than taking up treatments offered by foreign companies;

And why the power of trade unions in the Pacific's been waning and what some plan to do about it.

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Tamil family to learn fate on Thursday New! 2019-09-18 21:04:36A Tamil family seeking asylum in Australia is due to learn whether they will be spared deportation to Sri Lanka when their case returns to Melbourne'

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