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Drug tests for par­ents of chil­dren ‘at risk’

IF THEY get the pur­ported sup­port and it is not a witch hunt then it is a great ini­tia­tive. Any­thing that gets chil­dren out of po­ten­tial dan­ger and abuse is a win. Fam­i­lies, if it is a healthy en­vi­ron­ment should be as­sisted to stay to­gether. – Karen La­galla

WHAT hap­pens to the child though? I’m all for tak­ing them out of a bad sit­u­a­tion but our foster care sit­u­a­tion is some­times worse. Fix the op­tions be­fore over­load­ing it with more kids. – Michelle Shipp

FULLY agree al­co­hol is a big­ger prob­lem than drugs, as a foster par­ent for many, many years I’ve seen this a lot. – Kay Duck

Blue­berry econ­omy is net­ting jobs and in­vest­ment

MAYBE Aussies are just spoilt with the wages we get and too lazy to work hard be­cause it’s easier to get the dole. – Sarah Jones

MY OB­SER­VA­TIONS sug­gest the pick­ers around here are for­eign back­pack­ers, not lo­cals. – Sally Wil­son

Five tips on how to avoid your home be­ing robbed

HAV­ING a dog, re­gard­less of its size, is the best bur­glar de­ter­rent money can buy and you’ve got a best friend to boot. If you can af­ford a dog sit­ter when you go on hol­i­days, the pro­tec­tion con­tin­ues even when you’re away. – Ann Eva Cool­ing

MY HOME was robbed this week and I don’t think any­thing would have helped. They would have come in even if I was asleep be­cause they tried other units as well who were home. Very sad. – Michelle Thorn­croft

Un­ac­cept­able: NZ Prime Min­is­ter blasts Aus­tralia

THEY need to be sent back to their own coun­try to fight for and re­build it and not al­lowed to de­mand ev­ery­thing in life for free. – He­len Pinker­ton

PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

NET­TING JOBS: Blue­berry pick­ing at Costa Farms, Corindi.

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