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.


Refugees released from Nauru detention protest slave-like conditions

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:43 AEDT

Refugees on Nauru say they will continue to protest against what they say are slave-like living conditions on the remote Pacific island.

Australia's Bendigo Bank to have another go at opening on Nauru

Updated 2 March 2015, 18:06 AEDT

The Bendigo Bank is pushing ahead with plans to open an agency on Nauru, its first proper banking facilities for fifteen years.

PNG media council queries 'no West Papua questions' directive for Indonesians

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's foreign affairs department is being asked to explain how and why local reporters were ordered not to ask the visiting Indonesian foreign minister questions about West Papua last week.

Pacific detail lacking in Australia-New Zealand talks

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:43 AEDT

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wrapped-up a whirlwind visit to New Zealand over the weekend which was largely overshadowed by continuing leadership turmoil.

Darwin Tongans welcome dialogue on kava ban

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:44 AEDT

A Tongan community spokesperson in Australia has welcomed an assurance by a federal minister that consultations will be held with Pacific islander communities in Australia before any move is made to implement a total ban on kava.

Australian state recommends domestic violence case court

Updated 2 March 2015, 17:45 AEDT

Support groups in the Australian state of Queensland have welcomed a domestic violence taskforce report handed down on the weekend which recommends that a specific court be set up for domestic violence cases.

Pacific leading the world in small gun disarmament: report

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:34 AEDT

A researcher on small arms says the Pacific is leading the way when it comes to ridding the community of guns.

Interactive map exposes Chinese aid spending in the Pacific

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:03 AEDT

A Sydney researcher has developed a new online interactive map showing where all of China's aid dollars are being spent, after Beijing was accused of failing to provide clear details of its aid program in the Pacific.

Victims impact under scrutiny during anniversary of Marshalls nuclear test

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:04 AEDT

The Marshall Islands is marking the 61st anniversary of the Bravo hydrogen bomb test that exposed thousands of people to radioactive fallout.

Cricket: Fiji U19 sets sights on World Cup debut

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:08 AEDT

The planning starts now for Fiji's young cricketers as they look ahead to their debut appearence at the under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh next year.

Super Rugby: Hurricanes go top after round 3

Updated 2 March 2015, 12:07 AEDT

After three rounds of the 2015 Super Rugby season, the Wellington Hurricanes are on top of the overall conference ahead of their New Zealand rivals the Waikato Chiefs.

Nauru rights regressing as it faces UN Universal Periodic Review

Updated 27 February 2015, 17:56 AEDT

Human rights advocates are calling on the Nauru government to address what they're calling a regression in the country's human rights situation.

Indonesia-PNG foreign ministers bar reporter questions on West Papua

Updated 27 February 2015, 17:55 AEDT

Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi has arrived in Papua New Guinea at the start of a three-country tour through the Pacific, saying the aim of the trip is to strengthen relations with PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Fiji Methodist Church concerned at porn search ranking

Updated 27 February 2015, 17:55 AEDT

Fiji's Methodist Church is concerned at reports that the country ranks tenth in the world when it comes to internet searches for the words "porn" or "pornography".

Fiji makes history qualifying for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Updated 27 February 2015, 17:55 AEDT

Fiji's under-19 cricket team has made its own little piece of sporting history by qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh next year.

Samoa on the verge of telecommunication revolution

Updated 27 February 2015, 13:31 AEDT

The Samoan Government says it is a step closer to deciding which company will provide the country's new fibre optic submarine cable.

Information shortfall leading to 'very high' fertility rates in PNG

Updated 27 February 2015, 13:30 AEDT

The international NGO Marie Stopes says Papua New Guinea's fertility rate is very high, with the average number of births per woman standing at 4.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marsudi embarks on Pacific tour

Updated 27 February 2015, 13:30 AEDT

Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi, is on whistlestop tour of the Pacific, taking in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

PNG Hunters spell out the way back for Gary Lo

Updated 27 February 2015, 13:29 AEDT

With just a week to go before the start of the new Queensland Cup rugby league season, the PNG Hunters haven't ruled out a return for last season's top try scorer Gary Lo.

Player behaviour impeccable at cricket's ICC EAP U19: referee

Updated 27 February 2015, 13:28 AEDT

The tournament referee for the ICC East Asia Pacific U19 event in New Zealand says the region's young players have behaved exceptionally well and are clearly focused on cricket.

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