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.


Indonesian presidential poll goes down to the wire

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Millions of Indonesians are going to the polls today to elect a new president, paving the way for the first handover of power from one directly elected president to another.

Australian PM criticised for asylum-seeker 'moral blackmail' comment

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

Human rights advocates have claimed a victory in the Australian High Court's decision to hear a challenge to the Government's treatment of 153 asylum seekers being held at sea.

State of Origin: Meninga says Maroons confident, well prepared

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

There is plenty of confidence in the Queensland camp that it can avoid a whitewash in the third of the three-game State of Origin series against New South Wales.

Brazil humiliated in World Cup semi-final

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:15 AEST

Brazilian fans have been left devastated after a seven-one loss in the World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte.

Greens senator has whaling encounter with Japanese PM

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:15 AEST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Western Australia, visiting key resource projects.

Civil society groups warned to be careful of playing too much politics

Updated 9 July 2014, 17:20 AEST

It's rare these days to hear a debate on a local or national issue, without also hearing the opinion of a civil society group, or a non-government organisation.

Samoa following Aust & NZ in Head of State appointment - PM

Updated 9 July 2014, 10:48 AEST

Samoa is changing the way it appoints its Head of State.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers face high seas legal limbo

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:29 AEST

More than 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers face the prospect of weeks in limbo on the high seas, while the High Court decides their fate.

Workers lose wages as waste leak closes tuna cannery

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:30 AEST

Production's set to resume at the American Samoan tuna cannery, StarKist Samoa, after it was shut down by order of the Environment Protection Authrity over waste escaping into Pago Pago harbour.

NZ rugby death sparks calls for review of concussion and brain injuries

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:32 AEST

The death of a 17-year-old rugby player in New Zealand has again raised the issue of concussion and brain injuries in sport.

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Australians drinking and smoking less, but getting fatter: report

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:59 AEST

Australians are smoking and drinking less, but we're getting fatter, and more anxious, according to a 'state of the nation' report by Roy Morgan Research.

NZ barber shop quarter croons to the top of the world

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:48 AEST

Move over Crowded House and Lorde - New Zealand has a new singing sensation: The Musical Island Boys.

Samoa's PM welcomes All Blacks tour

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

Samoa's Prime Minister has welcomed reports that the All Blacks will tour Samoa in July next year.

State of Origin: Maroons out to spoil Blues clean sweep?

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:36 AEST

There's still plenty at stake in tonight's the third and final match in the National Rugby League's State of Origin series.

Micronesian Games on track, says sports director

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:38 AEST

The countdown is on to the 2014 Micronesian Games, hosted by Phonpei in the Federated states of Micronesia.

Golf: big names set to tee off in Fiji

Updated 9 July 2014, 9:38 AEST

Three time Major champion Nick Price has been added to a growing list of big names competing in the inaugural Fiji golf international next month.

PNG students riot over national politics

Updated 8 July 2014, 19:11 AEST

In Papua New Guinea there's been a clash between students, some in support of him being charged over allegations of corruption, and others who support him.

Japanese PM arrives in Australia

Updated 8 July 2014, 19:12 AEST

Japan's Prime Minister has spoken openly about the horrors of world war two as he gave a special address today to the Australian Parliament Shinzo Abe is in Canberra to sign free trade and defence deals, but he's also strengthening the bond between Australia and Japan.

Reports Vanuatu PM to face new no confidence vote

Updated 9 July 2014, 10:51 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman has been in office less than two months and already, there are reports that he is about to face a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

High Court to rule on asylum seeker transfer

Updated 8 July 2014, 19:13 AEST

The Australian High Court will today hear an injunction against the Government's plan to hand over asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities.

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