Opposition leader Brendan Nelson has tried being a shiny, happy person, as he toured Australia "listening", but with serial-killer levels of public approval, Nelson's remaking of the Liberal Party leadership clearly hasn't worked.
Former Liberal leader, and ex-prime minister, John Howard, suggests a new strategy :
"Rage against opposition," he said. "Work as hard as you can to get out of opposition as soon as you can.So much hate, for so many years.
"Opposition is a dismal position in politics. I had my share of opposition, I had 13 years of it, and I hated every year of it, I hated every week of it."
John Howard seems to have delayed his promise to fade away quietly, and not become like other ex-MPs, always giving speeches and making public comments and critiques. Maybe next year.