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.


Last minute campaign jostling as Indonesia prepare to vote

Updated 7 July 2014, 8:41 AEST

It's election time in Papua New Guinea's giant neighbour, Indonesia.

West Papuans protest at Darwin's Indonesian consulate

Updated 7 July 2014, 8:40 AEST

Indonesians head to the polls this week to vote for their new president.

Election campaigning in final stage in Cook Islands

Updated 7 July 2014, 8:40 AEST

Cook Islands is expecting a late flurry of election campaigning as voters prepare to head to the polls on Wednesday.

Australians help PNG islands still recovering from Cylcone Ita

Updated 7 July 2014, 8:40 AEST

You might remember Cyclone Ita back in April - it was only three months ago.

Chinese and Indian space satellites help region's drought forecasting

Updated 7 July 2014, 11:29 AEST

A United Nations initiative is strengthening drought monitoring and early warning in the Asia Pacific region, with the help of China and India.

Australia celebrates NAIDOC week

Updated 8 July 2014, 19:23 AEST

In Australia events are being held across the country this week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Djokovic overcomes Federer in Wimbledown spectacular

Updated 7 July 2014, 8:38 AEST

In a spectacular final at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic has beaten Roger Federer.

NRL: Penrith reclaim top spot

Updated 7 July 2014, 8:38 AEST

There was a shakeup at the top of the ladder in the weekend's reduced round of games in the National Rugby League in Australia.

PNG commissioner court application dismissed

Updated 4 July 2014, 17:41 AEST

This afternoon Papau New Guinea's district court dismissed an application from Acting Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki to have the arrest warrant against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill dismissed.

Sacked PNG corruption boss questions replacement

Updated 4 July 2014, 17:42 AEST

Two judges are being employed by the PNG government to head up inquiries into the disbanded anti corruption TaskForce Sweep and the Paraka lawyers payments controversy.

Cook Islands prepares for next week's election

Updated 4 July 2014, 17:42 AEST

A fledgling political movement in Cooks Islands may stand in the way of the ruling Cook Islands Party being re-elected for a second term.

Demand for shakeup of PNG Cultural Commission

Updated 4 July 2014, 17:43 AEST

The Minister for Sport and Events in PNG says the Cultural Commission has stuffed up and needs a total revamp.

Fiji set to post 5th consecutive year of economic growth

Updated 4 July 2014, 17:43 AEST

Fijis key industries are off to a strong start this year according to the Asian Development Bank putting it on track to post 5 consecutive years of economic growth.

Call for better risk management in Pacific

Updated 4 July 2014, 17:43 AEST

Pacific countries need to improve their risk prevention, mitigation and resilience building.

Another High Court challenge looms over refugee boy's visa

Updated 4 July 2014, 10:48 AEST

Refugee lawyers say the Australia's Government can expect another High Court challenge if it again refuses to grant permanent protection to a 16-year-old unaccompanied boy, and other refugees who have arrived without a valid visa.

Urgent measures needed to curb population growth in Kiribati: UN

Updated 4 July 2014, 10:51 AEST

Kiribati is overcrowded.

Ocean Cape Point

The case of the missing ocean plastic waste

Updated 4 July 2014, 11:11 AEST

An international team of scientists has found puzzling evidence of around 100 times less plastic on the ocean surface than expected, after conducting a global study mapping the world's oceans.

Marine scientists urge West Aust to end shark kill policy

Updated 4 July 2014, 10:50 AEST

Hundreds of the world's top marine scientists and researchers are calling on the Western Australian state government to scrap its controversial shark catch and kill policy.

Pacific traditions boost message of major conservation summit

Updated 4 July 2014, 10:45 AEST

A traditional Fijian ocean going canoe is scheduled to sail into Sydney Harbour in November.

Samoa broadband boosts communications

Updated 4 July 2014, 10:44 AEST

Samoa's efforts to create a national broadband network appear to have paid off, with the recent launch of the National Broadband highway connecting government ministries and corporations.

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