He’s being painted as a battler. A not-quite-rags to oh-so-many-riches story of a single dad raising his kid under tough conditions.
The father – a man abandoned by his beloved wife.
The son – a lonely boy who desperately missed his mum, but was never led to believe that she didn’t love and cherish him.
The father who would have done anything for his son and who made him the man he is today – the Prime Minister of Australia.
It’s the tale we have woken to today, the latest narrative in the election campaign.
“I wouldn't be where I am today without my dad.” Image via Facebook.
In the video, narrated by Malcolm Turnbull the prime minister tells of his "battler" father who raised him single handily after his wife left him.
“I wouldn't be where I am today without my dad,” he wrote in a message that accompanied the video.
Mr Turnbull tells us of his early life: “We didn’t have much money, he was a hotel broker and for most of that time he was battling like a lot of people are, a lot of single parents are, certainly.
“And he did well after a while; in the latter part of his life he kicked a few goals after a lot of effort.
“He was incredibly loyal, very, very strong, very disciplined.
“I was the main object of everything he wanted to achieve. He was very focused on doing what was right for me.”
Mr Turnbull with his mother Coral Lansbury.
Mr Turnbull said his father had always spoken in “the most glowing terms” about his mother.
“I didn’t feel I missed out on anything because I had lots of love - a father who was very strong and very loyal and filled with love, who never left me in any doubt that he loved me more than anything — anything — on Earth.”
We like single dads. We like to paint them as heroes.
We like to coo over them at the school gate and virtually high-five them when they speak of just how tough they do it.
It’s a narrative that is successful. We share pictures of them braiding their daughter’s hair, we put them on a pedestal for placing their lives on hold to raise their children. For their sacrifice.
Quite often we bestow them with a level of sympathy that we can’t quite seem to find for single mothers.
We often see them as abandoned, left behind, as the ones who need empathy and help, as battlers just for being a dad doing it solo.
And that’s exactly the picture of Bruce Turnbull we get from this video.
When Malcolm Turnbull's mother left them he was nine-years-old, the lives of the two left behind were turned upside down.
It was rough time in the young boy’s life. Image via Facebook.
Mr Turnbull told The Australian in an interview last year that before she “cleared out” he begged her to reconcile with his father, but it had no effect.