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.


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.

Typhoon Dolphin due to hit Guam tomorrow, as experts fear the worst

Updated 14 May 2015, 8:59 AEST

A typhoon watch has been issued for Guam, as well as, Rota, Tinian and Saipan, as Typhoon Dolphin heads for Guam and a possible direct hit.

Guam well-prepared for Typhoon Dolphin, as residents implement disaster plans

Updated 14 May 2015, 9:00 AEST

As Typhoon Dolphin bears down on the island, the people of Guam have been warned to begin implementing their disaster plansThe National Weather Service is advising residents to keep calm and keep informed, and those living in areas prone to flooding and high winds are being told to evacuate to a place of safety.

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.

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