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.


US State Department calls for lifting of Nauru Facebook ban

Updated 15 May 2015, 18:06 AEST

The United States government has weighed-in on Nauru's block on Facebook at its daily press conference in Washington.

Extended: Former Naurua president Sprent Dabwido on new laws silencing critics

Updated 15 May 2015, 17:43 AEST

Nauru's opposition fears new restrictions on freedom of speech will make it impossible to properly campaign for next year's national election.

Australia's FM Julie Bishop defends budget cuts to aid

Updated 15 May 2015, 17:33 AEST

The Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has defended her government's cuts to foreign aid, saying Australia's contribution is still well ranked compared to other developed nations.

European economic partnership agreement with Pacific stalled

Updated 15 May 2015, 17:35 AEST

Doubts have been raised over whether the Pacific will ever secure an economic partnership agreement with Europe.

He said, she said, as PNG and Australia wrangle over Bougainville mission

Updated 15 May 2015, 15:12 AEST

There's an escalating diplomatic dispute over Australia's plans to open a diplomatic mission in Bougainville.

Opposition leader wants Australian trade mission in Bougainville, not a diplomatic outpost

Updated 15 May 2015, 10:57 AEST

PNG's new Opposition leader Don Polye has joined the government in condemning Australia's diplomatic strategy.

Much head scratching in Bougainville over Australia's diplomatic strategy

Updated 15 May 2015, 10:54 AEST

In Bougainville, the plans by Australia to open up a diplomatic post there have prompted a confused response, with high commission staff and election observers wondering just what the diplomatic presence might entail.

Former Nauru President joins criticism of crackdown on free speech

Updated 15 May 2015, 11:00 AEST

First it banned Facebook, and now the government of Nauru has taken another step to control public comment on the island by creating a law that criminalises remarks deemed to cause emotional distress or threaten public order.

Support for Sogavare's call to create overseas job opportunities for APTC graduates

Updated 15 May 2015, 11:01 AEST

Solomon Islands' Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, is calling on Australia and New Zealand to open up their labour markets to skilled graduates from the Pacific Islands.

Preparations in full swing for 2016 Pacific Arts festival in Hagåtña

Updated 15 May 2015, 11:02 AEST

For just the second time in its history, the Festival of Pacific Arts is heading to the North Pacific, where the event will be hosted by Guam.

Fiji out to crown their international rugby 7s season with the world title

Updated 15 May 2015, 11:04 AEST

The many thousands of rugby sevens lovers in Fiji are likely to be at fever pitch this weekend as their team sets out to clinch the world title at the last tournament of the season in London.

NRL Round 10 doubles as last chance to shine for State of Origin hopefuls

Updated 15 May 2015, 11:04 AEST

With less than two weeks to go before rugby league's State of Origin game one, round 10 of the NRL season is shaping up as a final audition for players looking to feature in the Origin squads.

Melbourne Rebels out to stamp their authority on Super Rugby standings

Updated 15 May 2015, 11:05 AEST

It could be a landmark weekend for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby as the team seeks to make its way into finals for the first time.

Announcement of Australian diplomatic mission in Bougainville draws fire

Updated 14 May 2015, 17:41 AEST

The Australian government is under fire from both the prime minister and foreign minister of Papua New Guinea with its budget announcement of a new "foreign mission" for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Bougainville mission announcement seen as pre-empting independence: Barker

Updated 14 May 2015, 17:40 AEST

Paul Barker from Papua New Guinea's Institute of National Affairs in Port Moresby says any proposal to establish a diplomatic mission in Bougainville without propor consultation will inflame tension between Australia and PNG.

Former Nauru resident magistrate says new law 'nail in the coffin of democracy'

Updated 14 May 2015, 17:38 AEST

The government of Nauru stands accused of another attack on free speech with the passing of a new law that criminalises "political hatred".

Fiji parliament moves motion to rejoin Inter-Parliamentary Union

Updated 14 May 2015, 17:37 AEST

A group of New Zealand MPs has just wrapped up a visit to Fiji where its parliament unanimously endorsed a motion moved by prime minister Frank Bainimarama to rejoin the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Pacific media watchdog claims new Nauru law an attack on human rights

Updated 14 May 2015, 9:06 AEST

The government of Nauru stands accused of another attack on free speech after introducing a law which makes comments judged to cause emotional stress and likely to threaten public order punishable by up to seven years in jail.

Investment drive in Australia's north could have positive impact on trade with PNG

Updated 14 May 2015, 8:57 AEST

To the Australian Budget now and there's a view that Papua New Guinea could benefit from the Australian government's plan to pump billions of dollars into northern Australia with the aim of growing business and creating jobs,Canberra wants to establish a five billion dollar fund to bankroll major projects like ports, railways, pipelines and electricity generation, and there are also plans to improve roads and develop new supply chains.

Consultation key to making Pacific Regionalism more than a buzzword

Updated 14 May 2015, 13:40 AEST

One of the buzz words in the Pacific at the moment is regionalism, as increasingly the Pacific Island nations seek to work together to put the pressure on where it counts in international circles, and to co-ordinate development in their own countries.

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