The results of the survey by the University of Canberra's national centre for social and economic modelling go much of the way to answering the question Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has asked repeatedly throughout the election campaign:
''Are Australians better off than they were six years ago?''
The answer, at least in terms of family incomes, is an emphatic ''YES'' according to research carried out by the University of Canberra's national centre for social and economic modelling.
Treasurer Chris Bowen said: "Labor's world-recognised management of the economy through the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) has flowed through to households.''
Tony Abbott, whose campaign has been buoyed by Labor's failed attack on the Coalition's supposed budget black hole, has revealed he will not release detailed costings of his policy promises until the last few hours before the poll.
As both sides braced for the final week of election 2013, an increasingly confident Mr Abbott revealed his complete policy costings would be kept under wraps until ''the end of next week''.
His move to delay their release means voters will be denied crucial economic information until just hours before they cast their ballots.