Australia’s Atheist Prime Minister (Jokingly) Addresses the End of the World

Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard has a sense of humor.

She just did a satirical promo for a radio station (JJJ) in which she warns us about the End of the World:

My dear remaining fellow Australians, the end of the world is coming.

It wasn’t Y2K. It wasn’t even the carbon price. It turns out that the Mayan calendar was true, While Australia’s best and brightest at the CSIRO [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation] have not been able to confirm this, I’m confident in Triple-J’s prediction that the world is about to end.

Whether the final blow comes from flesh-eating zombies, demonic hell-beasts, or from the total triumph of K-Pop, if you know one thing about me, it is this: I will always fight for you to the very end.

And at least this means I won’t have to do Q and A again.

Good luck to you all.


The whole clip is a promotion for JJJ hosts Tom and Alex’s “The End Of The World Show” this Friday.

(Thanks to Julia for the link!)

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  • observer

    She jokes about the end of the world…eh, I feel fine…about this.

  • Pseudonym

    For those who don’t get the reference, “Q and A” is a TV show, pretty much the same as the UK’s “Question Time”.

  • GloomCookie613

    I heard it would start with earthquakes, birds and snakes, and aeroplanes.

    • John

       That’s great!

    • Tim

      … I feel fine

    • Bubba Tarandfeathered

      …dogs and cats living together…

    • Lenny Bruce

       I’m not afraid.

      • amycas

        You should be. there’s an eye of a hurricane nearby…

      • GloomCookie613

        I so love you right now.

    • Felyx Leiter

      It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  Oh no…

  • Tim

    You can take the girl out of Barry, but you can’t take….

    • Pseudonym

      …ond gall hi ddim yn siarad Cymraeg.

      • n00blet

         Such a beautiful language

      • Tim

        Dick Powell is the only person in Barry who can.  

  • Tainda

    I hope it’s zombies and not K-Pop!  I’m more prepared for the zombpocalypse

    • Antinomian

      Please,  do not let it be zombies. With my sore knees, I’ll be the appetizer…

  • SeekerLancer

    I always knew in the end, it would be K-pop.

  • Cat’s Staff

    Funny…although I know people who (as hard as it is to believe) have genuine anxiety issues about stuff like this.  My sister (who is on anti-anxiety meds) keeps fretting about it.

  • Patrick Sewell

    Not surprised a Atheist minister is an abomination of a leader, maybe if she spent less time making a fool of herself by saying her views she could be someone.