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Turnbull's year: outstanding or failure?

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016

Chris Bowen, unsurprisingly, has a blunt assessment of Malcolm Turnbull's first year as prime minister.

"F for fail," the shadow treasurer told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Cabinet minister Josh Frydenberg was just as unsurprising.

"I think his record has actually been outstanding," he told ABC radio.

"If (the public) understood the details of his achievements they would (agree)."

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch, who as a broadcaster has met every prime minister since Robert Menzies, says he's never seen one lose their political cache so quickly.

"If he had held an election last November or even February and gone for the usual half Senate he would have won in a landslide, Bill Shorten would be practising his jogging and Hinch wouldn't be in parliament," he said.

Wednesday is the first anniversary of Mr Turnbull winning the Liberal leadership and replacing Tony Abbott as prime minister.

"His success has been to make people forget how bad Tony Abbott was," Labor frontbencher Ed Husic said.

Veteran Liberal figure Jeff Kennett believes the prime minister is a loner who has been on spinning training wheels.

He urged Mr Turnbull to work with his predecessor and to take advice from "mere mortals".

"He now needs to demonstrate that a Rhodes scholarship can be an important and contributing ingredient into meaningful political leadership," he wrote in the Herald Sun.

Mr Turnbull earlier characterised his year in power as "so far, so good".

Mr Frydenberg pointed to a series of glowing economic measures, the government's innovation and science agenda, and national security as some of Mr Turnbull's achievements.

"It is a great time to be a human," ministerial colleague James McGrath tweeted, using a hybrid of one of Mr Turnbull's favourite lines.

Labor frontbencher Doug Cameron labelled the prime minister "Mr D+" predicting he didn't have a future.

"In my view Malcolm Turnbull after 12 months is a dead-man walking," he told reporters.

Challenged to say something nice about the prime minister's leadership, he replied: "No".

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