1. On September 14, 2015, Malcolm Turnbull strode out purposefully to the senate gardens and told Australia he had just resigned as communications minister and was challenging Tony Abbott for the leadership of the federal parliamentary Liberal party.
2. He set the tone early.
3. And made the argument that only he could lead the Coalition government to re-election. He famously pointed to Tony Abbott's dismal polling position and it. Was. On.
4. A few hours later he'd done it! Marshalling numbers among moderate Liberals and a few disheartened conservatives, Turnbull surprised Abbott and won by 10 votes in the Liberal partyroom.
5. Unlike Abbott, deputy leader Julie Bishop survived. Australia's Frank and Claire Underwood lookalikes held a late night press conference and Daddy Turnbull told the country it was time for bed.
6. The next day, boom, Abbott was gone. He conceded defeat and uttered his now infamous pledge...
7. And like that, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull was sworn in as Australia's 29th prime minister.
8. Turnbull moved fast, promising to bring back ~traditional~ cabinet government. One of his most applauded moves was promoting women to senior positions, including giving Australia its first female defence minister, Marise Payne.
9. Turnbull's popularity soared and he rescued the Liberal party's polling. For a while there, at the end of 2015, things were rocking along.
10. And when Turnbull uttered his favourite phrase, again and again and again and again, people felt pretty good about it.
11. Australia had a high-tech PM who even comically checked his Apple Watch before press conferences.
12. And Turnbull launched something he called the "Ideas Boom". People couldn't help but take the piss.
13. And through it all, Turnbull was kinda being put back in his box.
15. Then everyone went on holidays... and heading into Christmas, Tony Abbott was in the market for a used fridge.
16. 2016 started and it was an election year. People wanted to know exactly WHEN he'd call it.
17. The PM was moved to tears in an interview after the Closing the Gap statement about Indigenous disadvantage in Australia.
18. Turnbull also floated the idea of the biggest reform of the tax system in decades. He wanted to give the states the power to collect income tax. The idea lasted less than a week before it was dropped.
19. It wasn't the only idea he had. There were possible GST changes, and he flirted with tinkering with negative gearing. He dumped both ideas, before joking that rich parents should help their kids "shell out" for a house.
20. But on one issue he stood firm. Turnbull continued the government's harsh immigration policies, unmoved by the legal case of 37 babies to be sent back to Nauru.
21. Turnbull's economic ideas were being shelved and his popularity started to sag so he needed a boost. He came up with a new slogan.
22. It just happened to be ripped straight from Veep. Awks.
23. No matter. Turnbull then changed the voting system, brought forward the budget and rolled the dice: calling a historic double dissolution election for July 2.
24. It was an eight-week MARATHON campaign. Weird shit happened, like when he petted someone's rat in a supermarket.
25. But things were getting tense. Turnbull tried to put a leash on his marginal MPs and you could see his soul dying when they were asked questions.
26. It didn't help that he was getting nicknames from the master of three-word slogans.
27. There were touching moments, like when he comforted a man whose son died in the MH17 plane crash.
28. He couldn't help drawing comparisons to fictional political leaders.
29. On election night, Turnbull had just scraped over the line. It didn't stop him giving an angry speech, blaming the result on text messages.
30. And Australia's conservatives lost their collective shit at him.
31. Weeks later, in his new term as PM and with a one-seat majority in the parliament, Turnbull reassured everyone that the census clusterfuck was contained.
32. It's been a crazy 365 days for the man destined to be PM since he was a child. On the one-year anniversary of his ascent to the top job, he introduced Tony Abbott's marriage equality plebiscite to the parliament.
33. He's now facing off against angry conservatives, Tony Abbott, a feral senate and an emboldened Labor party. Bring on year two... and as Bill Heffernan would say:
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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