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.


PNG PM O'Neill says Indonesia promised reduced military in West Papua

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:29 AEDT

Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill says the previous Indonesian President promised him he would reduce the number of troops they have stationed in West Papua.

PNG PM O'Neill's West Papua statements could embarrass Jakarta

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:28 AEDT

An academic specialising in West Papua says Peter O'Neill's statement, that the previous Indonesian president promised him to draw down troop numbers stationed in West Papua, has the potential to embarrass the Indonesian government.

PNG PM and Australian MPs hail Malcolm Fraser's legacy

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:29 AEDT

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser was buried today after a memorial service in Melbourne, attended by Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill and many members of the current Australian parliament.

Is massive aid making some Vanuatu people complacent?

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:27 AEDT

A Vanuatu womens group has criticised some people for waiting for foreign aid to arrive rather than doing things for themselves.

Australia's innovationXchange aims for new government aid solutions

Updated 27 March 2015, 18:27 AEDT

This week, Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop launched innovationXchange which she's hoping will revolutionise the delivery and effectiveness of Australia's aid program.

Vanuatu's central hospital calls for blood donations

Updated 27 March 2015, 10:09 AEDT

In Port Vila, doctors at the central hospital are calling for more blood donations as the recovery from Cyclone Pam continues two week after the category five storm devastated the archipeligo.

Cyclone Pam donors, large and small, told Cash is Best

Updated 27 March 2015, 9:44 AEDT

The message to people wanting to donate to Cyclone Pam relief is that giving cash is best.

Deported West Papua activist thanks PNG PM

Updated 27 March 2015, 9:44 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea government says the prominent West Papuan leader Benny Wenda has been ordered out of the country because he did not have an entry visa.

West Papua activist Benny Wenda bound for Brisbane after PNG visa mixup

Updated 27 March 2015, 9:45 AEDT

West Papua activist Benny Wenda has thanked Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill for his recent comments in support of the independence movement in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

World title race resumes at 40th anniversary Hong Kong Sevens

Updated 27 March 2015, 9:45 AEDT

The World Rugby Sevens series resumes later today at its spiritual home in Hong Kong, with Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa locked in a three way fight for the title.

Prodigal son Gary Lo on brink of returning to PNG Hunters' fold

Updated 27 March 2015, 9:46 AEDT

The return of last season's leading try scorer in the Queensland Cup to the PNG Hunters starting line-up could be imminent, as the injury list at the club continues to mount.

NZ & South African Super Rugby sides taking it easy against "weak" Aussie teams?

Updated 27 March 2015, 9:48 AEDT

The Hurricanes have a chance to steal a march at the top of the Super Rugby ladder this weekend with their closest rivals, the ACT Brumbies sitting round seven out because they have the bye.

West Papuan activist Benny Wenda leaves PNG after entry denied

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:43 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea government says the prominent West Papuan activist leader Benny Wenda is being flown out of the country because he does not have a visa.

Australian Senate votes to establish committee to review Nauru allegations

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:44 AEDT

It's now been confirmed that Australia's Senate will establish a Select Committee to review allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the Australian-run Regional Processing Centre on Nauru.

Palau true to its word in revealing secrets of WWII battle caves

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Two weeks before the Emperor of Japan makes his historic visit to Palau, the government has made good on its promise to start opening sealed caves where it's believed many Japanese troops perished during the Battle of Peleliu in 1944.

PNG to be a leading fast growing economy in Asia in 2015: ADB

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:49 AEDT

Papua New Guinea and East Timor can expect high economic growth in 2015, according to the Asian Development Bank's flagship annual report released earlier this week.

Fiji opposition overreaching on committee powers

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:47 AEDT

Fiji's opposition parties are wrong if they think that parliamentary committees can overrule the government says Auckland University law professor Bill Hodge, a constitutional law specialist.

Vanuatu 'flash appeal' making headway only two days in

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:47 AEDT

In the two days since the Vanuatu government and United Nations put out a call to the international community for help in the wake of Cyclone Pam they've been able to achieve nearly 1/5th of the target.

Animals faring well in wake of Cyclone Pam

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:48 AEDT

An international animal welfare group says many animals in Vanuatu are being well looked after in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Fiji donates five tonnes of sugar to Vanuatu

Updated 26 March 2015, 17:49 AEDT

Fiji's sugar industry is donating five tonnes of sugar to Vanuatu for cyclone relief, with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Ministry of Sugar handing over the first tonne to the National Disaster Management Office in Lautoka on Wednesday.

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