Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Pacifc Beat (Geraldine Coutts & 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.


Pacific Network campaigns for gay, lesbian and transsexual rights

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

One of the groups looking to influence the minds and opinions of delegates at the AIDS 2014 Conference is the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network.

PNG's anti-corruption chief hands himself into police

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:15 AEST

Sam Koim, the head of PNG's anti-corruption squad Task Force Sweep has handed himself in to police in the capital Port Moresby.

Academic exodus at UPNG

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:15 AEST

Papua New Guinea's economic boom may be contributing to an exodus of academics from the University of PNG.

Concerns over vote buying in Solomon Islands

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

Transparency Solomon Islands wants the Electoral Commission and government to help stamp out vote buying ahead of this year's elections.

Forum aims to improve political debate ahead of Fiji's elections

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

With Fiji's election less than two months away the Citizen's Constitutional Forum is trying to raise the level of political debate in the country.

Justice Kirby says AIDS Conference will have lasting impact

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

The 20th AIDS International Conference winds up later today in Melbourne.

Circumcision reduces HIV infections in men and women

Updated 25 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Researchers discovered the age old custom of male circumcision was effective in reducing the number of new HIV infections in men.

'Opportunity lost' as Aust PM to stay home from Palau Forum summit

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:22 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott won't be attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau next week.

Cook Democrats 'simply bad losers' - Puna

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

Time is running out for the Democratic Party to challenge the result of the General Election in Cook Islands.

Marianas referendum on boosting education spending

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

When voters go to the polls in the Northern Mariana Islands on November 4th, they will have more to decide than simply which political candidates to support.

Two killed as round the world record bid crashes in American Samoa

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

In American Samoa an extensive search involving local and federal agencies has not been able to locate the body of one of the two men killed when a small plane crashed into the ocean.

Pacific nations advised to 'walk away" from PACER Plus negotiations

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:24 AEST

Two independent organisations, AFTINET, the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network and AID/WATCH are both voicing serious concern about the PACER-Plus Free Trade Deal.

New four time a year AIDS drug unveiled in Melbourne

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:24 AEST

The 20th AIDS International Conference will wind up later today in Melbourne.

Training for Tongans to work in Australia's health care industry

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:25 AEST

A group of students in Tonga is taking part in a pilot program to supply skilled workers to Australia's aged care industry.

Pasifika youth in Melbourne 'at risk'

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:25 AEST

Many young people from Pacific Islander families living in Australia are living in a precarious economic situation and are considered 'at risk' as a result.

Team Scotland passing the baton to Team Fiji

Back in the Games Fiji athletes better their personal bests

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

It's been a good day for Fiji's Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow.

New Zealand hot favourites to win Rugby Sevens gold in Glasgow

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:26 AEST

There's a feast of rugby sevens in store at the Commonwealth Games this weekend with 16 nations competing for the title won by New Zealand in Delhi four years ago.

Waratah Brumbies clash a mouth-watering prospect - ARU

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:26 AEST

They're down to the last four in this year's Super Rugby season with the two qualifying finals being played this weekend.

Jostling for a NRL top eight spot continues

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:27 AEST

In the National Rugby League some clubs' finals hopes rest on this weekend, as round 20 sees several sides competing for top eight places do battle with each other.

PNG Hunters urged to be "more polished" against Burleigh Bears

Updated 25 July 2014, 9:27 AEST

The PNG Hunters are hoping for victory tomorrow when they take on the Burleigh Bears in the second in a run of four back-to-back home games in the Queensland Cup.

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