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.


Bougainville president John Momis calls for dropping of Australian travel ban

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:15 AEST

The president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government has called on Papua New Guinea's foreign minister to lift the ban on Australians travelling to Bougainville.

Bougainville chief briefly detained for discouraging election voting

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:16 AEST

Bougainville police have briefly detained a chief in the island's central region after he told people not to vote in the island's general election.

Thousands greet Fiji Rugby Sevens' world winning team in grand homecoming

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:17 AEST

Fiji's world-conquering rugby sevens team has been given a heroes welcome in Nadi this afternoon.

Australian parties of all peruasions respond to first day of Nauru Senate Inquiry

Updated 20 May 2015, 17:14 AEST

As we reported yesterday, an Australian Senate Inquiry has ended its first day of consultations following the independent Moss Review found evidence of serious crimes of sexual assault in Nauru's asylum seeker Regional Processing Centre.

Australia expresses regret to PNG over diplomatic row

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:06 AEST

Australia has expressed its regret at the highest level to the Papua New Guinea government about the ongoing row over Canberra's plan for a diplomatic mission in Bougainville.

Marshall Islands Foreign Minister calls on shipping industry to cut emissions

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:07 AEST

The Foreign Minister of Marshall Islands is on something of a globe trotting climate mission, a trip which has already taken him to the UK, Germany and France, and later this week he'll be in Japan.

Palau's President joins fellow Pacific leaders for climate talks in Japan

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:09 AEST

The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Junior, is in Japan for the seventh edition of PALM, the Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting which opens in the city of Iwaki later today.

Bougainville polling almost closed, counting period to begin soon

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:10 AEST

Bougainville's general election is almost complete, with just one community on the remote Tasman Island in the Atolls constituency of North Bougainville still to vote.

France resumes its military links with Fiji

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:11 AEST

French troops could soon be stationed in Fiji, under a cooperation agreement signed by the French and Fijian armed forces.

Moody's downgrades PNG's credit outlook rating

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:11 AEST

Papua New Guinea's credit outlook has been downgraded from stable to negative by the Moody's Investors Service.

El Nino event to bring rainfall and temperature shifts across Pacific

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:12 AEST

Scientists at Australia's weather bureau have officially declared a major El Nino event due to an increase in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.

Tonga to go head to head with Canada for World U20 Trophy final spot

Updated 20 May 2015, 9:13 AEST

The fate of the two Pacific rugby teams taking part in the World under 20 Trophy series in Portugal will be decided by this time tomorrow, with Tonga and Fiji each playing the last of their pool round matches.

WHO declares Cook Islands the world's fattest country

Updated 19 May 2015, 17:26 AEST

Pacific nations are continuing to tip the scales as some of the most overweight countries on the planet.

Australia-PNG relationship strong enough to weather diplomatic spat

Updated 19 May 2015, 17:26 AEST

Jenny Hayward-Jones is the Director of The Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute.

Concerns travel ban will cripple Bougainville's tourism industry

Updated 19 May 2015, 17:25 AEST

Tourism operators in Bougainville say the PNG government's ban on Australians travelling to the island will destroy their fledgling industry.

Bougainville Health Minister says ties to Australia must continue despite travel ban

Updated 19 May 2015, 9:16 AEST

The PNG government has imposed a ban on Australians heading for Bougainville in a sign the diplomatic spat with Australia over its plans for a diplomatic mission on the island may be intensifying.

Bougainville on track to close polls by Friday

Updated 19 May 2015, 9:15 AEST

Polling on the island of Bougainville may almost be over, with reports that voting has finished in most constituencies.

High rates of violence against pregnant women in the Pacific, say UNICEF

Updated 19 May 2015, 11:32 AEST

A report on domestic violence has identified high rates of brutality against pregnant women in the Pacific with more than one in 10 report being beaten while they were carrying a child.

Parramatta Eels sign anti-domestic violence action plan

Updated 19 May 2015, 9:15 AEST

It's not unusual for Australia's professional sportsmen to get a bad press over their attitudes to women, particularly in the team sports like rugby league and Australian rules football.

Womens' contribution to NRL celebrated in Papua New Guinea

Updated 20 May 2015, 8:40 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a group of female development officers working for the League Bilong Laif program came together to mark the NRL's Women in League round, and to reflect on women's contribution to the sport in PNG.

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