It's now been a week since Tasmania experienced one of the most significant cabinet reshuffles in recent memory. For many the shake-up signalled an opportunity for the government to reboot, while also providing ministers some breathing space to settle in and take charge of their new portfolios.
But when you have escalating industrial action, overcrowded emergency departments and internal squabble that can sometimes deter attention away from the real issues, it can be easy to mistake an opportunity for a fresh start as a mere distraction. Undoubtedly the most significant turn of events was around health.
After five years, the health portfolio - or what some dubbed the "poisoned chalice" - was taken away from Michael Ferguson and given to Sarah Courtney. But a week on from the change-up, the dust has far from settled.
News that the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has accepted the government's offer of a 2.1 per cent pay rise for 12 months, was unsurprisingly welcomed by the government. However, wage negotiations within the public sector have never been just about the money.
Ms Courtney, who has spent her first few days as Health Minister engaging with stakeholders and taking on some "frank" feedback from nurses, said the government wanted to see all public servants receive a fair and affordable pay rise. But what the government has referred to as a deal has been described by the ANMF as more of a "circuit breaker to long and protracted negations and industrial action".
The Health and Community Services Union also say they are disappointed negotiations continue to play out through the media, and not through its members. So while acceptance of the offer signals some movement, it seems we are still a long way from seeing satisfactory solutions from all sides of negotiating table.
On Sunday Ms Courtney urged HACSU, who she said represent only "a very small proportion of nurses in Tasmania compared to the ANMF", to not hold this deal up. It seems for all parties to move forward "in good faith" as has been stressed, honesty and fairness must not be forgotten. We mustn't get distracted from the real issues.