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Happy Anniversary! Here's Some Critiques The PM Probably Wasn't After

One of them is from the man he toppled.

14/09/2016 11:53 AM AEST | Updated September 14, 2016 14:04

CANBERRA -- Just days ago, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said "you can say so far so good" when asked about his first 365 days in the top job.

Since then, just about everyone has come forward with an barely solicited view on how the Member for Wentworth has been going since he toppled Tony Abbott on September 14, 2015.

Well after bursting from the gates 12 months ago with the promise of greater economic leadership, no more Captain's picks and, well just not being Tony Abbott, Australia's 29th Prime Minister has struggled to hit his stride.

Labor frontbencher Ed Husic has been hunting around and believes he has found something Mr Turnbull has lost.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg told the ABC Wednesday Mr Turnbull has had an "outstanding" first year.

"Look, the change was made. There is no point going back in time. I think Malcolm Turnbull has had a very strong year as PM and he's actually won the election. You can't take that from him."
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg

Derryn Hinch is a new Senator with an old memory.

Tony Abbott's former Chief of Staff has mused on what could have been.

Tony Abbott, himself, has made quite a few media appearances, denying he wants his old job back and talking about how he does not want to talk about it all.

"I don't want to go over the entrails of the events a year ago. Of course they were disappointing. Of course, I think it shouldn't have happened but it did happen and, as many people say, and rightly so, we've got to look at the world as it is rather than we would like it to be or maybe as it should be. We have to look at the world as it is. We have a Government, we have a leader. The best Government we can have at the moment is the Turnbull Government and that's the Government that I support."
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Labor Senator Doug Cameron keeps it simple.

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson took some time from preparing her second maiden speech to parliament.

"I think a lot of people have been very disappointed with him. I think they expected more of him and his performance. He is treading - what can I say - thin waters at the moment because he hasn't got the numbers in the lower house. So the last election I think has been a big wake-up to the Liberal Party and the National Party, more so the Liberal Party."
Senator Pauline Hanson

.. and here's the view from the Coalition backbench.

So far, so good.

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