It is a measure of what a disaster WorkChoices was for Australia that the Coalition can’t even go back to something that isn't it.

In a recent speech John Howard called for a return to pre-2005 individual contracts -- that is, before the so-called WorkChoices amendments removed the no disadvantage test for new awards and contracts. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has now had to remove nostalgia from his platform: "That was then, this is now. John Howard is two prime ministers ago and three Liberals leaders ago."