Libs, Labor see govt with different glasses a year on

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One year after Labor's historic election win from opposition, it's no surprise both sides of politics have seen it play out differently.

Anthony Albanese claimed victory over Scott Morrison to become Australia's 31st prime minister and only the fourth Labor leader to win an election from opposition.

Labor marked its first year in power with sweeping changes, including workplace relations reform, cheaper childcare commitments and legislating emissions reductions targets.

"I'm so proud of what we've done together so far," Mr Albanese said in a fundraising email. 

"We can't clean up the mess the previous government left overnight, but our plans have already made a difference."

But the Liberals have branded Labor's first year as a conga line of broken promises and bad decisions.

"And, as a result, Australians are paying more," Liberal Party federal director Andrew Hirst said in an email to supporters.

Mr Hirst accused Labor of breaking their promise to Australians to deliver cheaper power bills and mortgages amid the rising cost of living and consecutive interest rate hikes.

"Australia's core inflation is now higher than every major advanced economy," he said.

He also took aim at the government's industry-wide bargaining changes, which he says "dramatically increased the power of union bosses", as well as the failure to have a 24/7 nurse in every aged care home this year.

Whether the Liberals targeting of Labor's election commitments and a focus on the cost-of-living pressures on families is cutting through to the electorate will next be seen in the Fadden by-election.

The federal seat in southeast Queensland will head to the polls after the resignation of former Liberal minister Stuart Roberts.

It follows a historic by-election loss for the Liberals in the Melbourne-based seat of Aston.

Senior Liberal Simon Birmingham says the party would run a strong campaign.

"One year on from the election of the Albanese government most Australians are feeling worse off, not better off. And that is a key factor in terms of how we will campaign," he told the ABC's Insiders on Sunday.

"Off the back of the most recent budget, we do have a different set of circumstances in terms of very clearly being able to point to a government now that is projecting lower growth, higher unemployment, that real wages are in fact going backwards not forwards in breach of their promises."