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Julia Gillard to break her silence. The former PM has stayed quiet since leaving office in June, save for a couple of gracious tweets on election night. Now she's breaking the drought, appearing at the inaugural Anne Summers Conversations events in Sydney and Melbourne early next month. Summers says Gillard has agreed to "a candid and wide-ranging conversation" and will also answer questions from the audience. Might she take just an ounce of pleasure in arch-rival Kevin Rudd's election defeat? Details about the event are here.