New Radio Australia schedule

Our new schedule is now online. We have some great new shows and even more fantastic Australian music.  Some familiar programs have moved into new time slots but our much loved weekend coverage of the AFL and NRL remains.  We hope you enjoy our new lineup - your feedback is always welcome.

 

On air highlights

On air highlights

Listen to highlights from our radio broadcasts, including news, current affairs, interviews and other stories.

Fiji's Electoral Commission vows to continue counting votes

Updated 19 September 2014, 16:51 AEST

Election authorities in Fiji have begun releasing the first official results from the country's election this week - but it does so amid calls for counting to be stopped.

Fiji's elections minister rejects fraud claims

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:40 AEST

Fiji's Minister of Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has rejected five political parties' claims of a fraudulent election.

Fiji Opposition parties question whether election was free and fair

Updated 18 September 2014, 16:47 AEST

Counting of votes has re-started in Fiji after officials in the tally room worked through the night.

Thousands head to polls for Fiji's first election in 8 years

Updated 17 September 2014, 17:18 AEST

Fijians have today been voting in the nation's first elections, since the 2006 military coup.

International election observers say voters are enthusiastic about the poll

Updated 17 September 2014, 13:08 AEST

The Multinational Observer Group has been in Fiji all week - comprising 92 observers from 12 countries from the European Union and the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Fiji's new voting system explained

Updated 16 September 2014, 17:30 AEST

When Fijians go to the polls on Wednesday, they will have a sheet of paper with a lot of numbers on it.

Kiribati President on Abbott, climate change and his trip to the Arctic

Updated 16 September 2014, 10:10 AEST

The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, is on his way to the Arctic to get a better understanding of the impact of climate change and to further his campaign for stronger global action.

More delays in cancelling controversial land leases in PNG

Updated 15 September 2014, 16:38 AEST

Three months after Papua New Guinea's cabinet ordered the cancellation of flawed land leases, only 5 companies have voluntarily handed back their titles.

Election blackout in Fiji with the polls two days away

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:17 AEST

With two days left before Fijians go the polls, a blackout is due to come into effect in less than half an hour from now, banning all political activity and, it would appear, any expression of political opinions.

Vanuatu's leaders to vote for a president on Wednesday

Updated 15 September 2014, 10:23 AEST

To Vanuatu now where the fallout continues from the deportation of Australian lawyer Robert Herd for being involved in local politics.

Fijian peacekeepers freed, hailed as 'heroes'

Updated 12 September 2014, 17:09 AEST

It's been a difficult two weeks in Fiji, as the families of 45 captured UN peacekeepers waited anxiously, along with the entire country, for news of their fate.

Captured Fijian peacekeepers released across the Israel border

Updated 12 September 2014, 10:08 AEST

A team of 45 Fijian peacekeepers captured by an al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group in the Syrian Golan Heights have been released.

Moving ceremony in Rabaul to commemorate 100-year anniversary

Updated 11 September 2014, 11:32 AEST

To Papua New Guinea now where a dawn service in Rabaul to mark the 100th anniversary the Australian capture of German New Guinea and the first casualties of World War One has just been held.

Growing support for legalising medical marijuana in Guam

Updated 10 September 2014, 16:40 AEST

There's growing support to legalise marijuana in Guam, but only for medical purposes.

International election monitors head for Fiji in poll leadup

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:49 AEST

When Fiji goes to the polls next week for the first time in eight years, former Australian Defence and Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith will be heading Australia's observer group.

PNG PM announces sell off of state-owned enterprises

Updated 9 September 2014, 17:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says the country's non-performing State-owned enterprises will be sold off, starting with Air Nuigini.

Kids-teaching-kids environmental movement likely to benefit the Pacific

Updated 9 September 2014, 10:38 AEST

The Kids Teaching Kids movement in Australia is into its 15th year, and it's attracting attention from high places.

Kiribati considering referendum on the death penalty

Updated 8 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Kiribati is considering holding a referendum to decide if the death penalty should be introduced for the worst murders, including for husbands who kill their wives or partners.

End of an era as Gaston Flosse loses French Polynesia presidency

Updated 8 September 2014, 10:14 AEST

In French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse has lost the presidency, after the French President Francois Hollande rejected his request for a over a corruption conviction.

Climate refugees debate

Updated 5 September 2014, 17:10 AEST

They've long been described as 'climate refugees': the hundreds of thousands of residents of the Pacific's low-lying islands who may be forced to migrate if rising sea levels leave their home states uninhabitable.

Promoting women in business a key to improving Pacific economies

Updated 5 September 2014, 12:30 AEST

The International Trade Centre says linking women entrepreneurs in the Pacific to the global economy will boost growth for Small Island Developing States.

PNG facing health emergency with discovery of drug-resistant TB

Updated 4 September 2014, 16:33 AEST

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea say an almost incurable strain of tuberculosis has been found in the capital Port Moresby.

Manus Island asylum seeker on life support

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:27 AEST

An asylum seeker who was recently moved from the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea to an Australian hospital for treatment is now on life support.

Fijians pray for captured peacekeepers

Updated 2 September 2014, 17:21 AEST

Syrian rebels who have captured a group of Fijian peacekeepers on the Golan Heights are now issuing demands in exchange for their release.

Samoa in the spotlight during international SIDS conference

Updated 2 September 2014, 8:22 AEST

The Small Islands Developing States Conference is held just once every 10 years and hosting it, is a huge coup for Samoa.

Commonwealth tells Abbott to put more G20 focus on the poor

Updated 1 September 2014, 18:10 AEST

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has urged Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott to put more emphasis on the role G20 economic policies could play in generating economic growth which is inclusive and sustainable and which takes into account the fragility of the non-G20 world.

PNG's senior soccer squad to play at international level

Updated 1 September 2014, 10:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's senior soccer squad heads for Singapore later this week to play their first international match under new coach, the former New Zealand great, Wynton Rufer.

Mt Tavurvur erupts

Papua New Guinea's Mount Tavurvur volcano erupts back to life

Updated 29 August 2014, 17:44 AEST

Schools and local stores were closed in the Papua New Guinean town of Rabaul, after the volcano Mt Tavurvur began erupting early in the morning.

Expert says Pacific businesses key to easing poverty

Updated 29 August 2014, 10:45 AEST

One of the region's leading private sector experts will tell an Australian parliamentary inquiry this morning that if Canberra wants to use the private sector to help alleviate poverty in the Pacific the best way to do that is by supporting growth of Pacific businesses.

Changing Pacific police culture not easy or quick

Updated 28 August 2014, 16:52 AEST

There have been several high profile instances recently showing police using their authority in questionable ways, in several countries.

PNG authorities weigh future of controversial oil palm project

Updated 28 August 2014, 8:17 AEST

The National Forest Board in Papua New Guinea is considering whether a Malaysian palm oil company can continue to log virgin rainforest.

Solomon Islands' uni students upset over missing allowances

Updated 27 August 2014, 16:53 AEST

Government-sponsored Solomon Islands university students studying in PNG are questioning whether their High Commission in Port Moresby has misused funds intended for them.

Fiji police suspended over death in custody

Updated 27 August 2014, 11:19 AEST

Four police officers have been suspended over the death in custody of a robbery suspect in Fiji.

Dramatic decline in bullying rates in Guam schools

Updated 26 August 2014, 16:35 AEST

Schools in Guam are reporting a massive decline in the number of reported bullying cases in the past four years.

Latest on how to tackle extreme violence against PNG and Pacific women

Updated 26 August 2014, 11:00 AEST

While tackling violence against women in the Pacific is a big job, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, says she's optimistic change is possible.

Sceptism about Fiji police alleged brutality investigation

Updated 25 August 2014, 16:50 AEST

Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights is sceptical the country's Police Commissioner will be able to properly investigate an alleged case of police brutality.

Safe driving in spotlight in Cook Islands

Updated 25 August 2014, 10:59 AEST

Safe driving practices have been in the spotlight in Cook Islands, after a toddler fell out of a moving vehicle last week.

PNG's Mosquitos look to a solid performance at the MCG

Updated 22 August 2014, 17:29 AEST

It will be a big day for Aussie Rules followers in Papua New Guinea tomorrow when their national team takes on Ireland in the grand final of this year's AFL International Cup.

Solomons PM in Australia to boost business ties

Updated 22 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

Solomon Islands' Prime Minister says he wants to tell Australian businesses that reforms undertaken by his government have it easier and cheaper to do business in his country.

Battle over Norfolk Island legal dope plan

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:42 AEST

In many countries marijuana is increasingly being legitimately used to treat a range of medical conditions, but in Australia such practices are still illegal.

Preserving Solomons' smallest language group

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:42 AEST

Efforts are underway to save Solomon Islands' smallest language group, Gula'ala.

New rules for Australia's new National Rugby Championship

Updated 21 August 2014, 13:41 AEST

It's been a long time coming but Australia's new National Rugby Championship kicks off tonight, with the opening match featuring Brisbane City at home to Sydney Stars.

Shooting video actually aftermath Somali pirate attack - Southwick

Updated 19 August 2014, 16:38 AEST

Police in Fiji have asked Interpol for help in verifying a video which appears to show the murder of fishermen at sea.

Rio Tinto reviewing Bougainville Copper stake

Updated 19 August 2014, 8:45 AEST

Mining giant Rio Tinto has indicated it may not return to the troubled Panguna mine in Bougainville.

Pacific Beat says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts

Updated 15 August 2014, 17:10 AEST

After many years today Radio Australia, the Pacific and the ABC says goodbye to Geraldine Coutts.

Climate change a 'weapon of mass destruction' warns Tuvalu PM

Updated 15 August 2014, 8:43 AEST

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu has warned Australia not to stand in the way of moves towards a new global agreement on climate change.

Chaudhry appeal dismissed

Updated 14 August 2014, 16:42 AEST

A court today has dismissed Fiji Labour Leader Mahendra Chaurdhry's appeal making him inelibile to contest the September elections.

Samoa feeling the affect of Chickugunya outbreak

Updated 13 August 2014, 17:36 AEST

Samoa is experiencing its first outbreak of Chickungunya with eight confirmed cases and around 90 suspected cases.

Final countdown: Living the dream, from Hong Kong to honorary manhood

Updated 13 August 2014, 12:32 AEST

In the third instalment of our farewell series, we catch up with former Asia Pacific reporter, Sue Lannin, who filed to the program from Hong Kong to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Solomon Islands' prepared for John Kerry visit

Updated 12 August 2014, 16:18 AEST

US Secretary of State, John Kerry will visit the Solomon Islands this week.

Final countdown: Out of chaos, freedom and love

Updated 12 August 2014, 12:19 AEST

We speak to Walkley Award-winning journalist Di Martin in the second of our farewell series of interviews for 'Asia Pacific'.

Illness afflicting the Samoan islands linked to chikungunya

Updated 12 August 2014, 8:39 AEST

The mystery illness that's afflicting people in American Samoa and Samoa, named Acute Fever and Rash or AFR, now appears to be closely linked to chikungunya virus.

Frank Bainimarama gets largely warm reception in NZ

Updated 11 August 2014, 17:41 AEST

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama is on his way back home after a brief visit to New Zealand to raise funds for his election campaign.

Robert Carmichael

Final countdown: Reflections from Phnom Penh

Updated 11 August 2014, 14:11 AEST

Radio Australia is under going a significant restructure of its operations because of government budget cuts.

Downgraded Julio battering Hawaiian coast

Updated 11 August 2014, 11:36 AEST

People in Hawaii are breathing easier today having escaped the worst from the two hurricanes threatening the state last week.

Party in PNG as gold medalists return

Updated 8 August 2014, 17:50 AEST

It's party time in Hanuabada village in Port Moresby.

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