Last December, Evan Hughes looked like he had just taken on the most unenviable job on the Australian political scene - ALP candidate for the seat of Wentworth in Sydney's upmarket eastern suburbs.

Oh, that would be the electorate of one Malcolm Bligh Turnbull.

The PM was riding so high in the polls in the early months after replacing Tony Abbott that the Labor power-brokers must have thought the fresh faced thirty year old arts history graduate might be young and naive enough to volunteer to beat his head against the proverbial political wall.