Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016
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10 NEWS SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ANSWERED prayers and seized opportunities have united two Filipino families and made life easier for a Darwin single mother and her autistic son. Long-term Millner resident Vivian Rajala brought her younger brother, Chito Molon, to Australia from the Philippines, and boosted the quality of life for her and her son, Jason, 24. My prayers were answered when Chito arrived here, Vivian, 68, said. I knew that Jason would at last have a co-carer and finally meet his uncle Chito. The fortunes of Vivian, Jason and Chitos own family changed when, in early 2009, Vivian realised she needed full-time support for Jason. With no family in Australia, she looked to the Philippines. Chito, one of six brothers and four sisters, lived there with his wife and four grown sons. Vivian enquired about bringing him out under a carers visa and 18 months after applying and paying the $3200 fee, she got the news: Chito could emigrate. Settled in and getting to know Jason, Chitos thoughts turned to his family. Just as his sister had done two years earlier, he enquired about bringing them out and barely six months later, his wife Asun and two youngest sons, Jake Tonton and Arjay were here, too. Today, Arjay shares caring duties with his aunt and father. When the Molon quartet moved into a Territory Housing home just a block away Filipino families pig out on top Territory lifestyle ROB HEMSLEY from Jason recently, they cele brated in typical Filipina style, roasting a pig on the spit. With typical Filipina ingenuity, Chito fashioned a rotisserie from an old bicycle frame and he, Tonton and Arjay slowly hand-cranked a lone pedal to roast their pork over a tray of hot coals. There was also karaoke, which Jason cant sing along with, but always loves hearing. The ingenious hand-operated rotisserie resulted in a juicy pig on the spit for Vivian Rajala and her son Jason and his uncle Chito Molon (inset) OPPOSITION Leader Michael Gunner said Labors pitch at this years Territory election would centre on children, jobs and restoring faith in government. In a speech to the partys annual conference, Mr Gunner said Territorians had lost faith in the current government. Mr Gunner said a focus on children would pay dividends Gunner lays out poll policy in reducing substance abuse and crime over the long term. He repeated the partys commitment to appoint an integrity commissioner, noting this weeks unacceptable conduct by Deputy Chief Minister Willem Westra van Holthe, which he referred to NT Police on Friday. We also have a compre hensive jobs plan that will create more opportunities for Territorians, Mr Gunner said. But those jobs are unlikely to be in the onshore gas industry, with Mr Gunner saying the party would not scrap its moratorium on fracking. What we are debating today is the details of a moratorium, Mr Gunner said, add ing the moratorium would not be coming off the table. Federal Shadow Workplace Relations and Employment Minister Brendan OConnor said the party was also feeling upbeat about its prospects in the Federal Election. Mr OConnor is visiting Darwin for the party conference and for meetings with the Maritime Union of Australia, and stood in for Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Mr OConnor drew parallels between the governing Turnbull federal government and the Giles Territory government, noting that neither leader had won an election and arguing that both had presided over unstable governments. The mood among the party faithful appeared strong, lifted by the plight of Mr Westra van Holthe. But divisions among party factions were expected to emerge during the debate over fracking yesterday afternoon, with the powerful Australian Workers Union and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Union both understood to oppose the partys moratorium. Labor to campaign on children, jobs, probityCRAIG DUNLOP No action on ERA tank spill incident DEPARTMENT of Mines and Energy CEO Ron Kelly has decided not to prosecute uranium miner ERA over the rupture of a leach tank at the Ranger uranium mine in December 2013. The spill resulted in the site being closed for six months and cost the miner more than $70 million in lost production. In a statement outlining his reasons not to prosecute, Mr Kelly said independent legal advice raised doubts over whether the department would be successful. Even the maximum $144,000 fine would pale in comparison to ERAs lost production, Mr Kelly noted. 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