Signs of life in the economy and a shift in the outlook for monetary policy exercised the minds of economists this week.
And they did not all come to the came conclusion on the interest rate outlook.
The signs of life began with the merest twitch on Monday.
The number of job ads counted by the ANZ's economists hit a new four year low in January.
But there's always good news if you look hard enough.
"There has been a notable stabilisation in the rate of deterioration in labour demand over the past six months," the ANZ's chief economist for Australia, Ivan Colhoun, said.
On the same day, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures showing housing construction approvals staying near record highs in December.
Brighter economic news means less need for interest rate cuts.
"We do not expect the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) to cut the cash rate again," Commonwealth Bank economist Diana Mousina said.
Then on Tuesday, after its monthly board meeting, the RBA followed that script by flagging a period of steady interest rates.
"We continue to expect that the RBA's easing phase is done," Paul Bloxham, HSBC's chief economist for Australia and New Zealand, said.
ANZ's Ivan Colhoun also expects steady rates, possibly for the whole of 2014, but the economy's gradual pickup would mean little pressure to start raising rates soon.
But Commonwealth Bank's John Peters warned that rate rises could begin this year.
The RBA's upbeat comments on global and domestic growth, and upside risks to the local inflation outlook, meant the RBA "will begin the process of monetary policy normalisation" in 2014, he said.
This will come in the form a a hike to 2.75 per cent from 2.5 per cent, with more rate rises likely in early 2015, he said.
On Thursday, strong foreign trade trade figures and a solid gain in retail turnover, both for December, seemed to support that outlook.
But that view is not universal.
Downside economic risks will increase this year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Alex Joiner said on Tuesday.
"Employment data will be important going forward as historically the RBA continues to ease policy while the unemployment rate rises (and does not hike while it is rising)."
If the Australian dollar did not fall further the RBA was likely to cut interest rates in the second half of 2014, he said.
Westpac's Bill Evans stuck with his view that interest rates can still fall further, even after the RBA's quarterly statement on Friday reiterated their shift to a so-called neutral bias for rates.
"In fact, our view that rates can come down in the second half of 2014 can be put in perspective by challenging some of the assumptions around the Bank's assessed dynamics of the economy."
As a result, Westpac's economists "continue to see the case for lower rates in the second half of 2014, while recognising the range of uncertainties".