Let's put children first for once

Now that the politicians have flown out of Canberra and back home for the winter, it is time to take a deep breath and ask what can be achieved by John Howard's announcement of a Commonwealth takeover of Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. There can be no quarrel with the desire to act urgently to assist children in need. While there can be no doubting John Howard's commitment to helping these children, we know that he also has an eye on his re-election - Fr Frank Brennan