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Peo­ple were chuffed for Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne dis­abil­ity sup­port carer Julie Car­ton, who won the ex­cel­lence in re­gional sup­port award at the 2017 Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Awards.

So well de­served, you are an ex­cep­tional car­ing per­son. Con­grat­u­la­tions. Maria Ines Long Great to get ac­knowl­edged. Well done Julie. Rose­mary Melvey You have the WOW fac­tor Sun­shine Jules. Donna Stains

There was more bad news in the Bud­get for smok­ers, with roll-your-own to­bacco and cigars to be hit by higher taxes.

That's all good and fine, but when will e-cigs be avail­able to pur­chase in Aus­tralia? Let me guess? When the Gov­ern­ment can find a way to tax them as well. The rest of the world can go to the corner shop and buy e-cigs, but not Aussies. Geisha L Siemons Woohoo in the process of quit­ting! Even more rea­son now. Tammy Doy As per nor­mal the Libs hit the poor old smoker, espe­cially the work­ing class and poor who can only af­ford rol­lies. Keven Need­ham It kills, give it up. Nigel Mor­gan

A plan to sub­ject 5000 New­start and Youth Al­lowance re­cip­i­ents to ran­dom drug tests has di­vided opin­ion.

Way to push more peo­ple on to ice. Marijuana stays in your sys­tem for months but ice and ec­stasy is out within days. Why can't any­one see the con­nec­tion be­tween FIFO work and drug test­ing and the in­creased use of ice? Erika J May­lam The money spent will out­weigh what’s saved. It would be bet­ter used on clinics that pro­vide re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to ad­dicts. Men­tal health plans don’t cut it for ad­dicts, we need cen­tres, coun­cil­lors, detox fa­cil­i­ties that don’t take beds from men­tal health pa­tients at the hos­pi­tals. Natasha Anna Mar­rell Not against the drug test­ing, but what hap­pens when two failed tests re­sult in med­i­cal care? Re­ferred to what prac­ti­tion­ers? My guess would be that the cost of the med­i­cal treat­ment may out­weigh any dole pay­ments. Food for thought. Demelza Stimp­son Good I get drug tested for my job and so they should too. Ja­son Walder

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy data re­vealed the Pil­bara is the sun­ni­est re­gion in Aus­tralia, tak­ing the shine from Queens­land’s “Sun­shine State”.

I think Queens­land trumps us with more theme parks though. I could be wrong. Luke Malone Dampier salt con­firmed this 40 years ago. Jes­sica Hatziathana­siou

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