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Mexico has issued its first response to Donald Trump, saying it won't be paying for any wall. Source: Wikicommons

Tens of thousands of students could have hearing problems

A new report says tens of thousands of Queensland students have undiagnosed hearing problems.

The report is the outcome of the Hear and Say centre’s pilot program of 1600 students and showed almost one quarter had hearing issues.

CEO of Hear and Say, Chris McCarthy, says all Queensland prep students should have their hearing tested and expanding the program could significantly improve education outcomes.

Queensland Education Minister, Kate Jones, says the government is looking to provide further opportunities for students to have hearing tests.

Black Lung numbers could be over 1000

A Queensland coal mining union says it expects that over 1000 current and former coal workers could have black lung, or coal miners pneumoconiosis.

CFMEU industry health and safety representative Jason Hill says he expects up to 16 percent of current and retired coal workers could have the disease which until recently was thought to have been eradicated in Australia.

The union’s projection comes following revelations last year that up to 150,000 x-rays, which have been mandatory for coal workers since 1993, have yet to be entered into databases.

Michael Lawler resigns

Scandal-plagued Fair Work Australia vice-president Michael Lawler has resigned, a day before he was due to respond to a report on his use of paid sick leave.

Mr Lawler has been scrutinised over his use of the leave while helping defend his partner, disgraced former Health Services Union leader Kathy Jackson.

Lawler gained national attention last year after he revealed on the ABCs Four Corners that he had secretly recorded conversations with his former Fair Work boss.

Vic government agrees to treaty discussions

Indigenous leaders have praised the Victorian Government for agreeing to treaty discussions.

Attendees to a February meeting at the Office of Aboriginal Affairs resolved to reject constitutional recognition, instead demanding a treaty process.

Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Rod Little, said while he supported constitutional recognition, some were doubtful of the outcomes it would achieve and its potential to undermine a treaty process.

Indigenous campaigner murdered in Honduras

An indigenous and environmental rights campaigner has been murdered in Honduras just days after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project.

Berta Caceres was shot dead by as-yet-unidentified gunmen who entered her home around 1am on Thursday.

Caceres’ death is the latest in a string of killings of progressive activists since the 2009 right wing military coup.

Mexico won't pay for Trumps wall

The Mexican Government has made its first direct response to Donald Trump saying it won’t be paying for a border wall.

Mr Trump has pledged, among other bizarre statements, to build a physical wall between the US and Mexico to block the flow of undocumented migrants, and insisted he would make Mexico pay for the wall.

Since his entry into the presidential race, Trump has blamed Mexicans for bringing crime and drugs into the country.