Editor's note

Life on the street is no place to recover from a stay in hospital, yet it happens to many people who are homeless. But, writes Lisa Wood, there’s a proven model of medical respite centres to provide care and support. Better yet, it delivers long-term healthcare cost savings. So why does Australia have so few of these centres?

Conventional wisdom says swapping stamp duty for land tax is about the best economic reform that states can make. Cameron Murray takes issue with the consensus and asks whether swapping a good tax for another good (but less popular) tax is really the best that we can do.

And for Prime Minister Scott Morrison, summit season presents his first major foreign policy test. After several early diplomatic stumbles, Susan Harris Rimmer writes, it’s important he reads his policy briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.

John Watson

Section Editor: Cities + Policy

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Dr Jim O'Connell and therapy dog Maestro spend some time with a client at the medical respite centre in Boston. Courtesy of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Hospital discharges to ‘no fixed address’ – here’s a much better way

Lisa Wood, University of Western Australia

Life on the street is no place to recover from a stay in hospital, but that's what happens to many people who are homeless. But there's a proven model to provide care that also cuts healthcare costs.

Eliminating stamp duty would bring on more real estate transactions, but that might not be a good thing. Shutterstock

Stamp duty fever: the bad economics behind swapping stamp duty for land tax

Cameron Murray, The University of Queensland

The conventional case for swapping stamp duty for land tax will boost the economy has weak underpinnings.

After a positive start, Morrison’s relations with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, cooled off after he suggested moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Lukas Coch/AAP

In his first major foreign policy test, Morrison needs to stick to the script

Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith University

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a busy summit season ahead of him. After early foreign policy stumbles, it's important he reads his briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.

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