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Ex-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull serves lunch to homeless on Christmas Day

Ex-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull serves lunch to the needy for Christmas at the homeless charity Wayside Chapel

  • Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull served lunch to homeless people 
  • The former banker handed out free meals at Sydney charity Wayside Chapel
  • Helped by his wife Lucy, he was pictured laughing and smiling at the event 

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull served lunch to homeless people on Christmas Day.

The 65-year-old former banker handed out free meals with all the trimmings at Sydney charity Wayside Chapel.

Helped by his wife Lucy, he was pictured laughing and smiling as he chatted with revellers and posed for photos.

Having a blast: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull served lunch to homeless people on Christmas Day

Having a blast: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull served lunch to homeless people on Christmas Day

All smiles: The 65-year-old former banker handed out free meals with all the trimmings at Sydney charity Wayside Chapel

All smiles: The 65-year-old former banker handed out free meals with all the trimmings at Sydney charity Wayside Chapel

The charity’s annual festive street party provided lunch for an expected crowd of more than 1,000.

Wayside chief executive Jon Owen said he loved how the event, now in its 15th year, could see politicians ‘next to people who have woken up in the gutter, next to a businessman next to a grieving widow’.

‘And yet, we’re all just two people sitting in a gutter, sharing a glass of Coke and a nice plate of Christmas lunch,’ Pastor Owen said.

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hands out plates at the Wayside Chapel Christmas Lunch

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hands out plates at the Wayside Chapel Christmas Lunch

The charity's annual festive street party provided lunch for an expected crowd of more than 1,000

The charity’s annual festive street party provided lunch for an expected crowd of more than 1,000

He noted the hundreds and hundreds of people sitting down for a meal were doing ‘something that’s quite radical’.

‘If you look up and down, you’ll hardly see anyone on a mobile phone,’ he said.

‘Everyone’s just sitting there talking to people next to them and at the end of the day, being present to each other is the greatest gift we can give.’

Mr Turbull was Prime Minister from 2015 to 2018 when he was replaced by Scott Morrison.

The AFR estimated his net worth at $200million in 2015.

The Wayside Chapel is one of a handful of organisations open every single day, offering support for those experiencing homelessness and social isolation

The Wayside Chapel is one of a handful of organisations open every single day, offering support for those experiencing homelessness and social isolation

Wayside chief executive Jon Owen said he loved how the event, now in its 15th year, could see politicians 'next to people who have woken up in the gutter'

Wayside chief executive Jon Owen said he loved how the event, now in its 15th year, could see politicians ‘next to people who have woken up in the gutter’

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