“How do you feel? How do you feel yourself? Are we rich or are we poor?" Steven and Judy asked their fourteen-year-old daughter, Lizzie.
“In the center,” she answered. “Sometimes we’ve got money, and then other times we haven’t got the money to get the necessities... Yeah struggling.”
Lizzie Ansford, 14, lives with her parents Steven, 54, and Judy, 46, and younger brother Dusty, 7. Their home is a tin shed on a thirty acre property along Upper Humbug Road in Tara, Queensland, Australia. Living on Government benefits, the family chose the outback country life despite its limited facilities.
“Life is life... It's not what you got. It’s what you live with and what you learn to enjoy in life,, ” said Steven. “As long as you got your family with you are happy. So you want to be thankful, what we got... We are poor in money, but rich in love.”
“I think life is good. I am happy, but... I do think I am poor. By poor I mean, I don't think the money we get on the pension is enough to really survive these days... we feel really restricted on what we can do with the money that we get, you know!...” Judy added.