Christensen 'likes the whip': Qld's Miles

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Queensland's deputy premier has lambasted federal MP George Christensen for his support of ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment saying "he's a bit of a donkey" who "likes the whip".

Steven Miles has been involved in a social media feud with the LIberal National Party MP after he posted on Facebook promoting the horse deworming drug, which has been restricted by the medicines regulator.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration warned on Friday a three-to-four-fold increase in the dispensing of ivermectin prescriptions in recent months had led to shortages for those who need the drug to treat scabies and parasite infections.

Mr Miles responded to the post by Tweeting "George, you are not a horse" on Monday, to which Mr Christensen replied: "you sir, are a horse's a***."

The deputy premier has now mocked the federal MP in a statement to Queensland parliament.

"I never thought I would have to remind a federal LNP member of parliament that they weren't a horse, but yesterday I had to tell the Member for Dawson that he is indeed not a horse," Mr Miles said on Tuesday.

"Members will be aware that while the Member for Dawson isn't a horse he sometimes acts like a bit of a donkey.

"I have heard he likes the whip."

Mr Miles said the best way to avoid COVID-19 was to get vaccinated rather than use the controversial drug.

Queensland Health delivered another 20,928 vaccine doses overnight, and 56.68 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have now received one dose, with 38.33 per cent now fully vaccinated.

"Queenslanders other than George Christensen are ready to gallop to the vaccine finish line," Mr Miles said.

"Now I hate to be a neigh-sayer but I think George Christensen is using horse paste for one last burst of attention before he's put out to pasture.

"Given his performance as an MP he certainly won't be put out to stud."

Mr Christensen plans to retire at the next federal election but a decision to quit early would trigger a by-election in his seat of Dawson, threatening the Morrison government's wafer-thin margin.

The Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region, which covers the Dawson electorate, has the lowest vaccine coverage in the state.

As of Monday, 45.8 per cent of eligible people living in the region had received one dose of a vaccine and 27.8 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Mr Miles blamed Mr Christensen's passionate anti-vaccine stance for the slow rollout in the area.

"The people of Dawson are sick of being saddled with him," the deputy premier said.

"Why the long face George? Maybe he genuinely has worms. And if that's the case I'll withdraw my objections.

"But if (prime minister) Scott Morrison is serious about the vaccine rollout, he'll scratch his horse Christensen and stop talking down Queensland."

Mr Christensen has been outspoken in his opposition to vaccines, lockdowns and face masks throughout the pandemic.

In a rare move, Liberal, Nationals and Labor MPs condemned his outbursts through a motion in the lower house last month.

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