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The Member for Manilla George Christensen has told reporters, albeit sheepishly, that his ears pricked up this morning as overheard on the television that euthanasia has been legalised in Queensland.

Mr Christensen extolled his love for the Phillippines – as he began talking to The Advocate via telephone just moments ago – as he was enjoying his breakfast Croque madame and rice with Sky News Breakfast on in the background.

“My ears certainly pricked up when I heard the news,” he said.

“I thought they said, ‘Youth in Asia,’ which would’ve been great. Jumping through those 457 hoops is such a pain in the arse, even for a Member like me,”

“Ah well, I was excited there for a minute but I guess this Queensland Labor government is used to disappointing people. Listening to these scaremongering so-called entomologists [sic],”

“We need youth from Asia here in Queensland because our farmers need workers and our universities need students. It’s ridiculous that youth in Asia still can’t come to Australia. It’s costing jobs and it’s costing money.”

In reality, terminally ill Queenslanders will now be allowed to access drugs to end their own lives after the Smart State became the fifth in the country to legalise voluntary euthanasia.

Queenslanders will have to satisfy a number of criteria, one being that the disease must be terminal with a prognosis of less than 12 months and be at least 18 years old.

More to come.


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