The Huffington Post Meredith Bennett-Smith First Posted: 12/06/12 EST Updated: 12/07/12 EST
In an amazing, 50 second clip released Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivers a perfectly deadpan doomsday address that is as hair-raising as it is hilarious.
The clip, which was filmed to promote a tongue-in-cheek local radio station's breakfast show, Sky News notes, warns that predictions of the end of the world this December are both correct and unavoidable.
Surrounded by Australian national flags, Gillard begins, "My dear remaining fellow Australians. The end of world is coming. It wasn't Y2K, it wasn't even the carbon price. It turns out that the Mayan calendar is true."
The so-called Mayan apocalypse is slated to strike on Dec. 21, despite the best efforts of scientists and government officials attempting to dispel the rumors. (The Russian government, for example, reassured the country's citizens last week.)
In the video, Gillard vows to fight for her citizens to the end -- whether that end comes in the form of "flesh-eating zombies, demonic hell-beasts or the total triumph of K-Pop."
Flexing her comedic chops, the politician ends by highlighting the silver lining.
"At least this means I won't have to do Q&A again," she says in a reference to an Australian TV show where politicians usually have to face tough questions from the audience, according to Reuters.
"What Australian doesn't mind a laugh from time to time? Anyway, the world's going to end tomorrow so shouldn't you be writing about that?" a representative for the prime minister's office told the Herald Sun.
The outspoken Gillard made global headlines earlier this year after she excoriated a fellow politician for hypocrisy and sexism on the Parliament floor.