The launch into an election year is sharpening the minds of Australia's leaders as they work out who is on their team.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten were both in Queensland on Monday - a key state where both parties want to win big in the poll that must be held by mid-May.
However, interest lay south in the Melbourne electorate of Higgins where jobs minister Kelly O'Dwyer's resignation means the Liberals must find a new candidate.
Ms O'Dwyer wants another woman to replace her and Mr Morrison said on Monday he believes that will happen.
One woman who won't be in the mix is Victorian senator Jane Hume.
While she was "flattered and gratified" to have been encouraged to run, Senator Hume ruled herself out on Monday morning, saying she wasn't ready to walk away from her work in the upper house.
Another name in the mix is the seat's previous occupant, former treasurer Peter Costello, although Mr Morrison said on Monday he hadn't heard anything about the Future Fund chairman wanting to return to parliament.
Queensland Labor MP Jim Chalmers says considering recalling Mr Costello "just shows how bereft they are of a pipeline of talent in the Liberal Party".
Mr Shorten told reporters it would be great if the Liberals chose another woman for Higgins but that was a matter for his opponents to worry about.
His own team - with nearly half its MPs women - was the result of deliberate party decisions taken over two decades.
"Australian women, when they look at the benches of parliament, will see we look more like the Australian people than the men of the Liberal Party and the National Party," he told reporters in the regional city of Maryborough.
Liberal Party elder Jeff Kennett wants still more changes to the coalition's line up, urging long-serving MPs like Julie Bishop and Kevin Andrews to step aside for new talent.
Ms Bishop's response was curt: "I am pre-selected as the member for Curtin and it is my intention to run."
Mr Andrews' reply was similar while prime minister-cum-backbencher Tony Abbott said it was wrong to suggest that because someone was 60 or 70 they were over the hill.
And the Nationals are looking to add to their team, announcing they will run a candidate for Indi in a three-cornered contest with independent Cathy McGowan's anointed successor and the Liberals.
Meanwhile, Mr Morrison, announcing a $60 million investment in Cairns Hospital that Labor has promised to match, declared Mr Shorten a "carbon copy with higher taxes".
"As he gets around Queensland in his tax bus, he should try explaining to people why taxes have to go up because he can't manage money," the prime minister told reporters in Cairns.
Mr Shorten wanted to take the heat out of things - while still accusing the government of running scared from parliament.
"Everyone knows it's an election year," the Labor leader said.
Australian Associated Press