Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball in row over baby and beer photo

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Australians have defended their Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after a row erupted over a photo of him holding his grandchild and a beer.

Mr Turnball shared the image of himself with his young granddaughter at an Australian Rules football final on Facebook on Saturday alongside the caption: “Multitasking at the footy.”

But the picture prompted some comment criticising the PM over the presence of the beer, with one writing: “Disgraceful holding a child with alcohol in hand!”

Some social media users branded it as “irresponsible” and “disgusting”, but others quickly spoke out to defend Mr Turnball.

One user wrote: “What a beautiful photo. Mr Turnbull has every right to nurse and enjoy cuddling his grandchild.”

And another said: “Fantastic photo of a granddad with his grandchild! It’s lovely, and all these keyboard warriors need to get a life!”

Another Facebook user commented: “Here is a lovely shot of a doting grandfather and his granddaughter at the footy. 

“Has anyone complaining here never had a drink and held their child, enjoying a game? People really need to lighten up. This political correctness is getting ridiculous now.”

Even Mr Turnball’s politcal rivals spoke out to defend the PM, including opposition leader Bill Shorten, who wrote on Twitter: “I’ve found something Malcolm & I can agree on. This is rubbish. Let him be a grandpa.”

Government Senator Matthew Canavan responded with his own photo of himself holding a beer and a child, alongside the caption: “I support the PM! #multitasking.”

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