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.


Vanuatu PM confident of support

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:11 AEST

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Joe Natuman says a meeting of his caucus today shows he still has the support of a majority of the country's MPs.

Former International AIDS Society President believed to be on MH-17

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:17 AEST

Also believed to be on board flight MH-17 was the former president of the International Aids Society Professor Joep Lange and his partner.

Malaysia AIrlines crash shocks world

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

The shocking reality of the plane crash in eastern Ukraine is still sinking in.

Cook Islands election still close

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:13 AEST

A coalition is looking likely in Cook Islands with official results expected to be announced tomorrow.

Scientists use missile technology for new malaria test

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:13 AEST

Australian scientists have used state of the art military hardware to come up with a speedy new test for malaria.

Mystery surrounds Bainimarama's Australia visit

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

Mystery surrounds reports that Fiji's military-backed Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama will visit Australia next month.

PNG court stays arrest warrant against Prime Minister

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:14 AEST

A court in Papua New Guinea has stayed the arrest warrant against the country's Prime Minister, pending two separate examinations of the issue.

Many crash victims heading to Melbourne for AIDS conference

Updated 18 July 2014, 17:16 AEST

The Malaysia Airlines crash has claimed the lives of some of the world's top medical researchers who were on their way to Melbourne for the 20th International AIDS Conference.

Missile cause being checked in Malaysia Airlines tragedy

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:36 AEST

295 people are dead after a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in Ukraine, with claims the plane was shot down by a surface to air missile.

Malaysian PM calls for perpetrators of crash to be brought to justice

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says Malaysia will send emergency assistance to Kiev immediately.

Cook Islands veteran MP says drug money helped in his defeat

Updated 18 July 2014, 11:41 AEST

Veteran Cook Islands MP, Norman George claims he was defeated becuase of massive bribery and corruption.

“Uncle Norman just jealous of my election victory” says Rose Toki-Brown

Updated 18 July 2014, 11:42 AEST

Cook Islands Party candidate Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown has been accused of bribery and corruption by her constituency opponent Norman George.

First gender violence clinic opens in Honiara

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:35 AEST

Solomon Islands has launched its first dedicated clinic for gender violence victims.

Senate delays plans to scrap Australia's mining tax

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

While the Government celebrates the repeal of the carbon tax - it is still battling to scrap the mining tax.

Natural resistance holds key to finding AIDS cure - Nobel laureate

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

One of the scientists who discovered that HIV was the cause of AIDS says the few people with natural resistance to the virus, hold the key for a future cure.

Stone trilithon at Heketa, Tongatapu

Tonga one the centre of a vast Pacific trading empire - archaeologists

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:32 AEST

After eight years of research, a team of archaeologists have reached the conclusion that Tonga was once at the centre of a vast trading empire stretching over some half a million square kilometres in the Pacific.

Moimoi portrait a finalist In Australia's Archibald Prize

Moimoi portrait a finalist In Australia's Archibald Prize

Updated 18 July 2014, 9:31 AEST

The winner of Australia's premier portrait prize, the Archibald, will be announced later today.

Singapore may ensure Pacific players start in expanded Super Rugby

18 July 2014, 8:48 AEST

There'll be no place for the Pacific Islands in the expanded Super Rugby competition, with the organisers SANZAR confirming that the new franchise will be based either in Japan or Singapore.

Round One of Super Rugby finals

18 July 2014, 8:46 AEST

This weekend marks the start of the Super Rugby finals series.

Race for finals berth heating up in NRL

18 July 2014, 8:45 AEST

In the National Rugby League there are eight rounds remaining and just four points separating the team in fourth place on the ladder from the side in 13th spot, the race for the finals is warming up.

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