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.


Concensus among parliamentarians on tackling corruption in Tonga

Updated 14 May 2015, 9:00 AEST

There's a focus on tackling corruption in Tonga, with MPs taking part in a workshop organised by the United Nations Development Programme.

Fiji's rising cricket stars in battle for Under 19 World Cup places

Updated 14 May 2015, 13:40 AEST

The players that qualified Fiji for a first-ever appearance at the under 19 Cricket World Cup have been given first opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the side that will travel to Bangladesh next January.

Fiji's record breaking sprinter has his eye on four gold medals in PNG

Updated 14 May 2015, 9:01 AEST

The fastest man in the Pacific is now even faster as he heads towards the Pacific Games in Port Moresby where he'll be defending his 100 metre title.

Budget review draws calls for defining Australian aid vs development cooperation

Updated 13 May 2015, 16:55 AEST

One aspect that hasn't changed between this Australian budget and the last is the downward direction of aid and development funding as cuts of more than seven billion dollars over five years, signalled in last year's budget, starting to bite.

PNG Eastern Highlands hospital opens domestic violence victims' centre

Updated 13 May 2015, 16:55 AEST

A family support centre has been opened at the provincial hospital in Goroka offering everything from clinical treatment to counselling to emergency accommodation.

Anti-doping authorities to target Port Moresby's Pacific Games

Updated 13 May 2015, 16:56 AEST

Athletes competing in the upcoming Pacific Games in Port Moresby are being warning they'll face stringent drug-testing.

Indonesian aid slashed, but Pacific nations largely untouched in Australian Budget

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:14 AEST

Australian treasurer Joe Hockey is trumpeting his second budget as responsible, measured and fair.

Pacific a priority region in 2015 Australian foreign aid budget

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:34 AEST

With Pacific nations largely untouched in Australian Federal Budget, executive director of the Australian Council for International Development, Marc Purcell, says the decision reflects the Pacific's place as a priority region for the government.

History of conflict flavours peaceful Bougainville elections

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:18 AEST

The general election in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is in its first week where the vote will elect a new government and set it on a path towards a referendum on whether to split from PNG.

West Papuan independence activist hopes Indonesia will not abuse possible MSG spot

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:19 AEST

Moves by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group are now in serious doubt after the PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill gave his support yesterday for Indonesia to join the bloc.

Typhoon Dolphin likely a category three, but too soon to tell if Guam will be hit

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:24 AEST

If weather predictions prove correct, the Pacific is about to be hit by its fourth super storm this year.

Solar switch-on to boost local electricity supply network and Kiribati

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:25 AEST

The push for renewable energy in the Pacific has switched to Kiribati, with a new solar power system attached to the electricity grid in South Tarawa.

Tuvalu climate activist in Sydney calls on big countries to pay attention to Pacific islands

Updated 13 May 2015, 11:25 AEST

Young climate advocates from Kiribati and Tuvalu are in Sydney calling on larger countries to pay more attention to the plight of small island nations.

PNG's top cricketers deserve a chance to shine in the Australian game

Updated 13 May 2015, 12:01 AEST

Cricket PNG has taken another step along the road to one day fielding a Papua New Guinea team in Australia's 20/20 Big Bash tournament.

PNG supports Indonesia's MSG membership

Updated 12 May 2015, 17:39 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Peter O'Neill, says Indonesia has PNG's support to become an 'associate member' of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

West Papua activist detained by police

Updated 12 May 2015, 17:39 AEST

PNG activists supporting the freedom of West Papua say they were detained by police and held without charge after demonstrating at the arrival of the Indonesian president.

Drunks make off with ballot box in Bougainville election

Updated 12 May 2015, 17:40 AEST

Aloysius Laookai is an independent election observer and the manager of community radio station "New Dawn FM".

Yamamoto WWII crash site reopens to tourists in Bougainville

Updated 12 May 2015, 17:40 AEST

For the first time in more than five years, visitors to Bougainville are able to see the 'World War Two - crash site' of the Japanese Admiral.

PNG PM Peter O'Neill encourages peace in West Papua during visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:00 AEST

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has used his speech at a state dinner for visiting Indonesian president Joko Widodo to promote the cause of West Papua.

Port Moresby police 'may have breached court order in arresting West Papuan airport activists'

Updated 12 May 2015, 11:29 AEST

Meanwhile, it appears a group of local West Papuan activists were arrested at Port Moresby airport shortly before Indonesian president Joko Widodo touched down.

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