While new members of parliament and senators are in the process of moving into their electorate and parliamentary offices, the weeks after the election have been a time of reflection and new horizons for those who have chosen to leave Parliament (or had the decision made for them by their party or by voters).

Former member for Indi Sophie Mirabella is doing public relations for mining magnate Gina Rinehart, while some former ministers have found work in the areas they were responsible for while in government. At the end of the 44th Parliament, an unusually large of MPs chose to resign. And the swing against the government -- and purge of the Senate -- left a long list of former elected representatives trying to find their way outside the Canberra bubble (well, some are staying in it, but more on that later).