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Malcolm Turnbull Tears Up While Speaking Of His Late Father

'He was like my big brother'

Malcolm Turnbull Tears Up While Speaking Of His Late Father

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has become emotional while speaking of his late father to a group of Sydney school students.

Mr Turnbull was answering questions about the challenges of being PM today and became visibly teary as he spoke of his father Bruce, who had a Hunter Valley cattle farm, AAP reports.

"I was very, very close to my father because my mum left us when I was actually about your age. And so my dad brought me up," Mr Turnbull said.

"He was like my big brother. We were just two guys living together. He taught me how to cook, not nearly as well as my wife Lucy I might add, but he also taught me how to iron and clean up."

Details of his father's death in a plane crash saw students in the classroom gasp.

"He was killed in an aeroplane crash in 1982 when I was 28 and he was 56 so it was very, very sudden and it was a terrible tragedy as you can imagine," Mr Turnbull added.

"So what I did was I buried him in the front garden of his property because I couldn't bear to be parted from him."