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.


Pacific Beat has moved online to ABC News

Updated 1 July 2015, 11:11 AEST

Radio Australia's home of news and current affairs Pacific Beat has moved to the ABC News website, with the same extensive coverage of your region plus extended links with the whole of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's news content.

Bipartisan support for closing legal loophole in Australian offshore detention

Updated 24 June 2015, 17:50 AEST

The Australian government has had to hurriedly brief the opposition Labor Party to consider emergency legislation to close a loophole that could see offshore immigration detention on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru collapse.

Solomon Islands PM says MSG applications a test of its rights commitme

Updated 24 June 2015, 17:51 AEST

The Solomon Islands prime minister says the West Papuan application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group is a test of the organisation's commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

Vanuatu court allows no-confidence motion to be tabled in parliament

Updated 24 June 2015, 17:32 AEST

A Vanuatu court has just delivered a verdict in a case that could spell trouble for the new government, permitting a no-confidence motion to be heard in parliament.

Should Australia use aid to promote democratic values in the Pacific?

Updated 25 June 2015, 11:12 AEST

As events on Nauru unfold with opposition MPs being arrested and denied bail, and Fiji's parliament considers passing a law that assumes an accused person is guilty until proven innocent, questions about the effectiveness of Australian aid in support of those goals are being raised.

Melanesian youth put forward their MSG priorities at Vanuatu conference

Updated 24 June 2015, 17:31 AEST

Young people from across Melanesia met in Port Vila this week for a conference discussing the challenges facing their communites in the 21st century.

Vanuatu sends bureaucrat to MSG meeting, as leaders arrive in Honiara

Updated 24 June 2015, 10:09 AEST

The leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group have arrived in Honiara for their summit with membership of the West Papuan freedom movement at the top of the agenda.

A call for MSG leaders to return focus to Melanesian rights and freedom

Updated 24 June 2015, 9:24 AEST

A Solomon Islands MP says he's disappointed the Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders have lost sight of the principles that brought the group together in the first place.

Pacific Islands Forum head Remengesau treads carefully on Nauru

Updated 24 June 2015, 9:25 AEST

In Nauru, bail has been refused for two suspended Nauru Opposition MPs Sprent Dabwido and Squire Jeremiah.

Timor Leste on the brink of becoming Pacific Community's 27th member

Updated 24 June 2015, 12:26 AEST

It's more than 30 years since the Pacific Community added a new member, but talks are under way in Dili to clear a path for Timor Leste to become the 27th country to join the group, with formal recognition expected at the Pacific Community Conference in November.

Expansion of the Seasonal Workers Program a 'game-changer' for Pacific

Updated 24 June 2015, 13:40 AEST

Australia's Seasonal Workers Program is set to receive some major changes, with the cap on eligible workers to be removed, and the types of work available to Pacific Islanders expanding.

Health benefits of climate change a new focus

Updated 24 June 2015, 13:40 AEST

Research published in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet examines the threat posed to public health by climate change and concludes that there could actually be health benefits.

Wellington Phoenix taking the A-League to soccer fans in Fiji

Updated 24 June 2015, 9:27 AEST

After the most successful season in the club's history, Wellington Phonenix are building towards the next with a trip to Fiji.

Two Nauru Opposition MPs denied bail

Updated 23 June 2015, 19:07 AEST

Bil has been refused for two suspended Nauru Opposition MPs Sprent Dabwido and Squire Jeremiah.

Vanuatu's new political order to hear court result this week

Updated 23 June 2015, 19:18 AEST

A Vanuatu court has set a time to deliver a verdict in a case that could spell trouble for the country's new government.

Queen Elizabeth honours young Pacific leaders

Updated 23 June 2015, 19:16 AEST

Queen Elizabeth has recognised five young leaders from the Pacific in a ceremony in London earlier today.

West Papuan bid to join MSG likely to fail

Updated 23 June 2015, 19:37 AEST

A regional academic says the bid by a pro-independence West Papua group for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group is likely to fail.

Leaders arrive in Honiara for Melanesian meeting

Updated 23 June 2015, 19:12 AEST

Melanesian leaders have arrived in Honiara for the Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting, which will consider making West Papua a full member.

Warning on PNG's credit rating

Updated 23 June 2015, 19:10 AEST

The international credit rating agency Moody's says Papua New Guinea could potentially face a downgrade in its credit rating in future.

Solomon Islands foreign minister calls for solidarity at MSG meet

Updated 23 June 2015, 9:25 AEST

Solomon Islands foreign minister Milner Tozaka has stressed the importance of Melanesian countries agreeing on Melanesian Spearhead Group membership amid commentary that new additions could split up the bloc.