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.


Amnesty International calls on PNG government to end sorcery killings

Updated 28 May 2015, 10:44 AEST

Amnesty International is calling on the government of Papua New Guinea to crack down on crimes against people accused of sorcery, after a woman named Misila was murdered in Enga province.

Solomon Islands moves towards overhauling its electoral system

Updated 28 May 2015, 10:43 AEST

The government of Solomon Islands says it wants to scrap the country's first past the post electoral system and replace it with something more representative.

Evidence emerging of Pacific methamphetamine use, says UNODC

Updated 28 May 2015, 10:42 AEST

A new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has revealed record seizures and rising use of methamphetamine in the Asia Pacific region.

Prominent Marshall Islands advocate for nuclear test victims honoured

Updated 28 May 2015, 10:42 AEST

Almost 20 years after her death from cancer, Marshall Islands most famous anti-nuclear campaigner, Darlene Keju, is to be honoured by Taiwan.

Tongan singer says headlining in PNG a career highlight

Updated 28 May 2015, 10:41 AEST

The ninth annual Australia Week in Papua New Guinea, celebrating the art, music, sport and culture of both countries starts today.

Queensland snatch late, late win over NSW in State of Origin 1

Updated 28 May 2015, 10:41 AEST

In rugby league, Queensland have taken the honours in round one of the 2015 State of Origin series, but only just.

Fiji under-20s prepare for World Cup debut in NZ

Updated 28 May 2015, 10:39 AEST

The Fijian under-20 soccer squad arrives in Christchurch today, the city which will be their base ahead of their under-20 World Cup debut against Germany.

Frenchman Thomas Dandois doubts West Papua media ban will cease

Updated 27 May 2015, 16:56 AEST

A French journalist who was jailed in West Papua last year for not having the correct permit says he doubts Indonesia will follow through with its promise to lift the region's media ban.

Opposition leader concerned that PNG Speaker now with ruling party

Updated 27 May 2015, 16:57 AEST

The current session of Papua New Guinea's parliament got off to a surprise start with speaker Theo Zurenuoc announcing he had changed political parties.

Rights groups submit open letter to Nauru over degrading freedom of speech

Updated 27 May 2015, 16:58 AEST

A coalition of rights groups has written an open letter to the Nauru government urging it to repeal its new law limiting freedom of speech, and to restore full internet access to its citizens.

Amnesty chief Salil Shetty says Australia violating standards in its offshore detention

Updated 27 May 2015, 16:59 AEST

The secretary general of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, is hoping to bring to the Australian government's attention what it believes are violations of international standards in Australia's use of offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru.

Fiji opposition labels Bainimarama's support for Indonesian MSG bid "outrageous"

Updated 27 May 2015, 11:45 AEST

The opposition in Fiji has labelled Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's support for Indonesia to become an associate member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group as outrageous.

PNG Speaker switches parties in sign of tension over Opposition moves

Updated 27 May 2015, 11:46 AEST

As PNG's parliament started its latest session yesterday afternoon, the Speaker of Parliament Theo Zurenuoc ended an eight-year association with the People's Progress Party (PPP) and joined Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's People's National Congress.

Anti-corruption workshop in Solomon Islands takes country towards establishing an ICAC

Updated 27 May 2015, 11:47 AEST

The government of Solomon Islands says it is moving closer to establishing the country's own independent anti-corruption body.

PNG Planning Minister says human development key to future free trade

Updated 27 May 2015, 11:48 AEST

PNG Planning Minister Charles Abel supported plans for an Asia-Pacific free trade zone at the APEC Trade Ministers' Meeting, held in the Philippines over the weekend.

Striking students in Lae glad to be back in class, but cynical about promised funds

Updated 27 May 2015, 11:49 AEST

Striking students at the National Polytechnic in Lae have returned to class after reaching agreement in their dispute with management over the Institute's crumbling infrastructure.

SPC launches digital map tracking Chikungunya virus spread

Updated 27 May 2015, 11:49 AEST

Since its first appearance in New Caledonia in 2011, the chikungunya virus has spread to half of the Pacific islands, and the prediction is it won't stop there.

Marshalls government admits fault over lost school funding

Updated 26 May 2015, 16:59 AEST

The government of Marshall Islands admits it is to blame for losing $US800,000 in American aid money.

Pacific leaders support call for World Tsunami Day

Updated 26 May 2015, 16:56 AEST

Pacific Island leaders have pledged their support for the creation of a World Tsunami Day.

Mua Voyage returns home after 10,000km sea journey

Updated 26 May 2015, 16:57 AEST

After months at sea and a journey of more than 10,000 kilometres, the epic Mua Voyage is coming to an end.

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