Everyone and his dog told Julia Gillard that by announcing a poll date in September she was condemning Australians to the torture of a seven-and-a-half month election campaign.
Perhaps. But if Tuesday's question time - the first for more than two months and coming in the wake of various political convulsions - is anything to go by, maybe it won't be so bad.
One moderately civil parliamentary session does not, of course, herald a a new political serenity.
In front of packed public galleries, Tony Abbott chose the government's abandoned promise to deliver a budget surplus for his opening salvo and the prime minister replied by cataloguing the factors that have dented government revenue. (If you listened to her National Press Club speech last week, you heard it all there.)
Gillard continued the economic focus through a question from her own side, boasting of the government's emphasis on jobs and growth.
It wasn't until question three that the opposition's Christopher Pyne leapt to his feet to complain the PM wasn't answering the question - in this case a demand that she promise not to fiddle with superannuation taxes.
Naturally, there was no promise.
Being the first Tuesday of the month, Wayne Swan punctuated the session by announcing the Reserve Bank was keeping interest rates on hold.
That prompted North Queensland's Bob Katter to demand the bank be told "its interest rates are a thousand times higher than the rest of the world".
He was duly slapped down - if indeed Katter is slap-downable - for a spray masquerading as a point of order.
Gillard raised Abbott's "negativity" - a rollover theme from last year - for the first and only time halfway through the session.
She admired the new slimline Joe Hockey's weightlifting abilities when he brought two vast piles of documents to the despatch box.
These, he said, encompassed Gillard's 166 promises and Swan's 366 promises to deliver a surplus in 2012/13.
So far so good, but things deteriorated toward the end.
Jenny Macklin accused Abbott of wanting to rip money from families' pockets and new Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus made his ministerial debut by saying the opposition had no principles or values. Pyne declared himself offended.
Finally, Greg Combet plunged back to 2012 standards with a bellow about the opposition's attacks on the carbon tax being "the most mendacious campaign in our history" and "you can't trust one word the Leader of the Opposition says".
That doesn't bode so well for Gillard's wish to have a sophisticated debate on the economy.