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.


Former magistrate says Nauru has effectively become a dictatorship

Updated 23 June 2015, 9:28 AEST

In Nauru, two opposition MPs are due to appear in court today in relation to anti-government protests last week.

Calls for the Pacific Islands Forum to intervene in Nauru

Updated 23 June 2015, 9:28 AEST

Political analyst and founder of Devpacific Thinknet, Tess Newton-Cain, has long been critical of the way the rule of law is being applied in Nauru.

Changes to New Zealand pensions upset Cook Islands PM Henry Puna

Updated 23 June 2015, 9:30 AEST

Cook Islanders will benefit from changes to New Zealand's Social Assistance Bill passed this week.

The Globe Theatre brings rotten Denmark to the Pacific

Updated 23 June 2015, 9:31 AEST

Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is one of Shakespeare's best-known plays and as part of anniversary commemorations at the Globe Theatre in London, it's touring the world with the ambitious target of playing in 205 countries in two years.

Cold weather and Duckworth-Lewis too much for PNG in the Netherlands

Updated 23 June 2015, 9:33 AEST

The Barramundis have encountered the infamous Duckworth-Lewis scoring method for the first time in their World Cricket League one-day international against the Dutch in Rotterdam.

World Cup soccer legacy can help grow the game in rugby-dominated NZ

Updated 23 June 2015, 9:33 AEST

The FIFA under 20 World Cup has been hailed as a big success for the hosts New Zealand, with well over a quarter of a million people turning out for matches, including a sell out crowd of 25 thousand for the final in Auckland.

Fiji flag law destroys presumption of innocence

Updated 22 June 2015, 16:59 AEST

Provisions in Fiji's new flag protection bill could be struck down by the courts for violating the country's Bill of Rights.

Change to Fiji land lease money system opposed

Updated 22 June 2015, 16:58 AEST

A change in the way land lease money is distributed in Fiji is being opposed by an indigenous iTaukei youth group.

New Vanuatu PM forced to miss Honiara meeting

Updated 22 June 2015, 17:01 AEST

Reports in Vanuatu indicate the country's new Prime Minister and Foreign Minister will miss this week's Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting in Honiara.

Melanesian Foreign Ministers hear from West Papuans

Updated 22 June 2015, 17:00 AEST

Foreign Ministers from the Pacific region have met in Honiara today as part of this week's Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting.

Nauru Opposition MP says his 12 bail conditions are a record

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:16 AEST

In Nauru there are reports that two suspended opposition MPs arrested on the island after anti-government protests have been denied bail.

Nauru defends its free speech crackdown, says its about protecting people

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:16 AEST

The Nauru government has defended it's controversial crackdown on free speech and the decision to ban Facebook as necessary measures.

West Papua independence leader optimistic about MSG membership bid

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:17 AEST

In Solomon Islands, the foreign ministers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group are meeting in Honiara today, ahead of the leaders summit later this week.

Music festival in Honiara to support West Papuan cause

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:18 AEST

In Honiara, hundreds of people headed to a field next to Chinatown for a music festival to publicise the West Papuan cause.

UNOCHA: Vanuatu recovery going well 100 days on from Cyclone Pam

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:18 AEST

Vanuatu has marked 100 days since Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu, killing at least 11 people and rendering tens of thousands homeless.

Vanuatu looks to long-term mitigation, 100 days on from Cyclone Pam

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:18 AEST

Peter Korisa, head of operations at the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office, says the people of Vanuatu have moved on from more immediate recovery efforts, and are now looking towards a long-term process including disaster mitigation programs.

Marshall Islands courts once again ranked best in the Pacific

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:20 AEST

The Marshall Islands court system has again been ranked at the top of all judiciaries in the Pacific region on accountability and transparency.

PNG Hunters rise up the ladder as unbeaten run is extended

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:21 AEST

The march of the PNG Hunters continues after their eighth Queensland Cup victory in a row, this time over Tweed Heads Seagulls on the Gold Coast.

Queensland pair four points clear at top of NRL table

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:22 AEST

Brisbane Broncos remain top of the NRL ladder on points difference but their Queensland rivals the Cowboys are still riding high on equal competition points, as their record winning streak continues.

Pope's landmark climate statement includes Pacific perspective

Updated 23 June 2015, 11:15 AEST

Catholic groups from the Pacific region have helped prepare for the Papal document.

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