To a year of trouble or safety in numbers?

As forecasts for the year ahead come thick and fast, which figures will bring Australia the best chance of economic success?

But rather than well-founded forecasts on where the economy might be heading in 2013 and how it gets there, it is perhaps more useful to set a series of benchmarks to judge whether the economy does well or not in the year ahead.

Before formalising those benchmarks, it is important to note the policy objectives of the two main economic policy institutions.


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