Gillard backing doomsdayers

The world is coming to an end, but Prime Minister Julia Gillard is looking on the bright side: at least she won’t have to appear on Q&A again.

Gillard jokingly confirmed that the doomsayers were right and the apocalypse would hit this month.

‘‘My dear remaining fellow Australians,’’ Gillard said in a brief address posted on YouTube.

‘‘The end of the world is coming.

‘‘It wasn’t Y2K, it wasn’t even the carbon price. It turns out the Mayan calendar was true.’’

Gillard said that while the scientists at the CSIRO couldn’t confirm the news, she was confident that alternative radio station Triple J’s prediction was correct.

‘‘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’s this: I will always fight for you to the very end,’’ she said with a straight-face, standing at a lectern and flanked by two Australian flags.

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

‘‘Good luck to you all.’’