Canberra - Australia's first woman prime minister, who was
dumped by her own party ahead of September's election loss, has revealed she
was surprised by the level of aggressive sexism directed at her during three
years in power.
Julia Gillard made the comments on Monday in her first
interview since she was deposed in a ballot of her centre-left Labour Party
colleagues in June.
She was replaced by Kevin Rudd, a prime minister she had
deposed in a similar leadership showdown three years earlier in the face of
poor opinion polling. Rudd led his party to a crushing election defeat on September
Gillard told a sold-out audience at the Sydney Opera House
that she reacted with "murderous rage" to the sexist attacks on her
in social media and elsewhere.