Alannah for London?
The former state Labor minister, Alannah MacTiernan, was one of the high profile casualties of the recent federal election.
But don't be surprised if the one-time commercial lawyer eventually bounces back into the public spotlight.
No party could ask more of any candidate; she gave up a safe seat in the state House to contest a marginal federal seat.
Ms MacTiernan went down but not without a fight.
There was a statewide swing against Labor in WA of more than two per cent but she achieved a swing in her favour in Canning of about three per cent.
There was a parting shot from Ms MacTiernan over the result.
"I was never going to win this seat if there wasn't really a reasonable swing to Labor.
"I always felt like I had the ability to add to a general swing but certainly not create one entirely by myself."
No mean feat when she had to defend such policy initiatives as a new resources tax. The tax managed to galvanise sections of the mining industry to pour millions into the Liberal Party's coffers and create a voter backlash against Labor.
Ms MacTiernan had no option but to defend the policy despite it being on the nose with a big number of voters.
She says the Labor Party must mount a more positive, policy-based campaign if it wants to be successful at future elections.
The former State Labor minister says the party machine is obsessed with focus groups, rather than selling good policy.
"I support the mining tax, the reconfigured mining tax was absolutely the right thing for Western Australia and Australia.
"But, having introduced it, we then thought oh we're not going to talk about it. It didn't stop the Liberals talking about it and it didn't stop the rolex revolutionaries talking about it."
So what now for the 57 year-old Melbourne-born Alannah MacTiernan?
She's already poured cold water on suggestions she might run for lord mayor next year, a suggestion which won significant support.
Seeking to re-enter state politics has also been ruled out.
One possible option of renominating for her old seat of Armadale was blocked anyway when the Liberal-National state government closed the nominations for the by-election early on October 2, the eve of the federal poll.
That ruled out any possibility of Ms MacTiernan standing for Armadale after her unsuccessful bid to enter federal politics.
Ms MacTiernan's supporters point to her record as an achiever. The Perth-Mandurah railway and the Bunbury highway are high on her list of successes.
A seat in the Senate would bolster WA's representation in Canberra but barring an unforeseen vacancy, the next Sentate election is now three years away.
One option the Premier Colin Barnett might consider is appointing her to London as WA's agent-general.
Retired politicians are no strangers to the post. While Premier, Richard Court appointed former colleagues Bill Hassell and Clive Griffiths to the job, and former Labor leader, Ron Davies, was similarly rewarded by his side.
What would be different here is that Mr Barnett might appoint a political opponent to the plum job.
The agent-general is effectively the state's commercial representative in western Europe, and Ms MacTiernan's ministerial experience, combined with her ability to speak German, would be a good fit.
She and the Premier might not be best mates.
But if Mr Barnett was prepared to buck convention and send her to London, he would know that the state's voice would be heard loud and clear, where it counts.
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