It has been a big fortnight in politics around child abuse in indigenous communities. Prime Minister Howard decided to send in army, fed police and other bureaucrats on a whirlwind community visit of Central Australia. The government has responded to critics by saying it wouldn’t be a short term election gambit but a long term strategy in which money would be no barrier. Organisations (see Rural Health on this blog) who have been despairing for many years that the government would do anything for those communities are providing tacit support to the Federal government while encouraging them to be true to their word and apply long term strategies. Many of us will be keeping a close eye on the mechanisms to ensure that human rights are improved in these communities, not just confounded by a reactionary political jaunt.