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 opposition parties claim evidence of election corruption

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:34 AEST

In Fiji, there have been claims of widespread irregularities with a coalition of opposition parties saying Wednesday's election was not free and fair and calling for the vote count to stop.

Fiji's elections minister rejects fraud claims

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:40 AEST

Fiji's Minister of Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has rejected five political parties' claims of a fraudulent election.

Fiji rural voters focused on infrastructure spending

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:35 AEST

The electoral system devised for Wednesday's poll in Fiji doesn't have MPs voted in by local electorates, but one national electorate.

Almost one-fifth of Fiji's new MPs likely to be women

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:38 AEST

As the election count wraps up in Fiji, we look to the role of women as candidates, voters and officers in the historic vote.

Youth voters in Fiji optimistic about their historic vote

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:39 AEST

It was a big day for first time voters on Wednesday, with nearly half of voters aged 18 to 35 going to the polls for the first time.

Marshall Islands lays down the challenge to the UN climate summit

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:40 AEST

With less than a week to go before global leaders gather in New York for the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, the President of Marshall Islands has delivered a video address calling on the world to forge a climate change alliance.

Polls show current government in box seat in NZ election

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:41 AEST

To New Zealand now where voters go to the polls tomorrow - the incumbent, Prime Minister John Key is looking for a third term in office while Labour leader David Cunliffe says the election 'is on a knife edge'.

A weekend of finals action in both AFL and NRL codes

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:42 AEST

There's a big weekend of football finals action in Australia this weekend in both the NRL and the AFL.

Cricket PNG improves its result in international competition

Updated 19 September 2014, 9:43 AEST

To cricket and Papua New Guinea's latest one-day encounter with the United Arab Emirates was a lot closer then their last meeting at the World Cup qualfiers back in February, but the result was the same - a win for the UAE.

Fiji Opposition parties question whether election was free and fair

Updated 18 September 2014, 16:47 AEST

Counting of votes has re-started in Fiji after officials in the tally room worked through the night.

Multi-national observers say Fiji election was credible

Updated 19 September 2014, 4:38 AEST

The multi-national observer group has declared that the Fiji election was credible.

One Fiji party disappointed with results but determined

Updated 19 September 2014, 4:38 AEST

The leader of One Fiji, a smaller party which looks extremely unlikely to get into Parliament, says they intend to continue on and try again at the next election.

Independent candidates unsuccessful in Fiji election

Updated 19 September 2014, 4:39 AEST

The independent candidate who has so far won the most votes, Roshika Deo, appears to have failed in her bid to be elected.

Police commissioner says raids reflect the reality of the terror threat

Updated 19 September 2014, 4:40 AEST

Australian police believe they have thwarted plans by an Islamic extremist to behead a random member of the public, in Sydney.

Bishop and others on the state of PNG Australia relations

Updated 19 September 2014, 4:40 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia's relationship with Papua New Guinea has matured and is at the heart of some of the the Abbott government's signature foreign policy initiatives, including those aimed at re-invigorating people to people links.

Dozens still living in temporary shelters 18 months after devastating

Updated 19 September 2014, 4:41 AEST

More than 18 months after a tsunami caused widespread destruction in the remote Solomon Islands' Temotu province, more than a hundred families are believed to still be living in temporary shelters.

NZ election campaign winds down

Updated 19 September 2014, 4:41 AEST

Fiji's not the only Pacific nation voting this week - New Zealand also goes to the polls on Saturday.

Fiji First cruising to dominant win with more than 70 percent of votes

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:54 AEST

Counting in Fiji's first election in eight years is well underway with the country's former military leader Frank Bainimarama and his Fiji First Party picking up two-thirds of the total.

Fiji First's president says there are many lessons from the poll

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:26 AEST

The Fiji First party is dominating the early count with nearly two-thirds of the vote.

Fiji news director says vote counting has been surprisingly speedy

Updated 18 September 2014, 10:26 AEST

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation News director Rita Narayan worked through the night, watching a frantic night of counting.

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