Message from the streets: politicians need to get "down to earth"

IN TOWN: Sabine Lister has dedicated her retirement to helping others. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY
IN TOWN: Sabine Lister has dedicated her retirement to helping others. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY

Sabine Lister, a dedicated Christian, has been on the road with her husband for the past 15 years providing assistance to Australia’s homeless wherever their motor home sets down. 

Currently house sitting in town, the Lithgow Mercury interrupted Sabine’s morning coffee on Main Street to talk politics.  

She said Australia’s representatives need to “grow up”. 

“They’re acting worse than kindergarten kids, they should do the job they were voted in to do. We’re sick of all the testosterone flying around,” she said.

People just live in the fast lane and don’t see much below they’re own nose.

Sabine Lister

“It doesn’t make a difference to me if they are Christian, Muslim, purple, black or white. As long as they do what they said they’d do

“I suppose that’s a perfect world and we don’t live in a perfect world.”

She said there were more pressing issues that need to be addressed by parliament. 

Sabine Lister. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY

Sabine Lister. Picture: PHOEBE MOLONEY

“Climate change. And more closer to home, looking after the farmers. They’re the ones who give us our milk, food, everything. 

“Bring it down to earth and help those doing it hard.”

Sabine said the people she had met on her journeys were looking for homelessness to be put on the political agenda. 

“People just live in the fast lane and don’t see much below they’re own nose,” she said. 

“In the case of politicians sleeping out on the street for one night. That’s not enough. If they were homeless, I’d like to see how they’d fair. 

“The homeless people I have met don’t want government money, they want a voice. And they don’t have that at the moment.”  

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