SENTINEL-TIMES COMMENT

HOW important is it that Damien Hardwick is now in a new relationship or that Nathan Buckley has had a marriage breakdown?

What about Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West apparently reaching an amicable settlement?

And let’s not get started about Harry and Meghan.

Counting the number of eyeballs a story is getting or is likely to get online is what news coverage is apparently all about these days and vital issues like the Aged Care Royal Commission and the findings of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System barely rate a mention.

As a result, the community hears and sees little about these fundamental concerns.

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t the most important issues facing the community today.

One of the statements made among the thousands of pages of witness statements in the Mental Health report, by highly qualified professionals in the field, is that leadership is going to be key to making the necessary changes to a system that is manifestly inadequate to support children, families and individuals impacted by mental health issues.

That’s also going to be the case with the recommendations contained in the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and

Safety, which really only scratches the surface of a system that is tragically broken and needs radical reform.

But what is our leadership doing?

They’re constantly distracted by their own power struggles, personal misdemeanours and skewed priorities, some thrown up by social media, while allowing these more weighty matters to slide.

It’s why they’re required to commit to a higher standard of behaviour, while agreeing, between the parties, to focus on the key issues rather than the clickbait.

If, however, they fail to achieve the required standard of behaviour or to take responsibility for the pace of improvements under their portfolios, they should be moved on quickly Mr Morrison and Mr Albanese.

There’s simply too much at stake.