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.


Solomon Islands begins rebuilding after flood disaster

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:08 AEST

In Solomon Islands, funerals are still taking place after flash floods a week ago that killed at least 23 people.

Teacher shortage in Samoa leads to 'appalling' exam results

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:13 AEST

To Samoa, where the government is alarmed at what it calls students' 'appalling' exam results.

Queensland braces for Cyclone Ita

Updated 10 April 2014, 9:01 AEST

Far north Queensland is bracing for what's expected to be the most powerful cyclone to hit the east coast since Yasi devastated parts of the Australian state in 2011.

Assessments reveal extensive damage after Solomon Islands flooding

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:19 AEST

Teams are continuing to assess the full extent of damage following last week's devastating and deadly flash floods.

Australia to boost funding and number of RAMSI personnel Solomon Islands

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:23 AEST

Australia will be boosting the number of personnel in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, to help cope with the flood disaster.

Voter registration suspended in Solomon Islands as flood recovery continues

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:26 AEST

Election officials in Solomon Islands have suspended voter registration, as the country attempts to recover from last week's devastating floods.

Nauru says UN detention center inspectors weren't invited, questions cancellation as 'publicity stunt'

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:28 AEST

A team of United Nations inspectors is trying to re-negoatiate with the Naruru government to visit the country's Australian-run immigration processing centre.

Nauru has standing invitation to all thematic standing procedures of HR Council

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:28 AEST

Nauru is one of 108 countries obliged to accept standing invitations such as the one requested by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionsNauru's former secretary for Justice David Lambourne says the Nauru government would have been aware of the UN protocols of standing invitations.

Australia yet to sign up to child rights protocol

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:30 AEST

From next week, children from all over the world will be able to take complaints about human rights violations to the United Nations for investigation.

Implications of Chaudhry's inevitable exit from politics

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:34 AEST

One of Fiji's largest ethnic groupings could be without a political leader at the September elections.

Royal Commission into Australian union corruption opens

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:32 AEST

The Australian government's Royal Commission into corruption in the nation's trade union movement opened today.

Funding fails to keep up with Australian youth homelessness rate

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:32 AEST

Australian charities estimate that more than 26,000 young people are homeless each night around the country.

Australian support for PNG women

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:41 AEST

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Senator Brett Mason has spent the past three days in PNG, where he was accompanied by Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja.

Disease fears to push Solomons flood victims from evacuation centres

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:43 AEST

The authorities in Solomon Islands are urging people to return to their homes as the immediate danger from the flood crisis recedes.

Australia boosts Solomons flood relief to $3M

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:43 AEST

Australia is giving a three million dollar aid package to help Solomon Islands cope with the flood disaster.

Floods used as 'excuse' to release funds to MPs - TSI

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:44 AEST

Transparency Solomon Islands has accused the government of using the floods as an "excuse" to release constituency funds to Members of Parliament.

IPCC author says Pacific lagging behind Caribbean on climate change

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:45 AEST

As the relief effort continues in Solomon Islands, questions remain about what role climate change played in the flood disaster.

Indonesian election to reset leadership and Aust relations

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:50 AEST

Tens of millions of Indonesians vote today on who controls the national parliament, laying the foundations for a presidential election in July.

NRL teams hunting PNG Hunters stars

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:46 AEST

The latest player to make the jump from the PNG Hunters to the National Rugby League in Australia has spent his first day training with his new club.

Guam leads US with launch of domestic violence register

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:47 AEST

Three years after the relevant law was passed, Guam has set up a register of repeat family violence offenders.

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