The first chapter of ex-prime minister Julia Gillard’s first post-politics public love-in kicked off in rapturous fashion at the Sydney Opera House last night.

Before a sold-out crowd of 2600 true believers clamouring to cleanse the nation’s conscience of the sexism meted out to Australia’s first woman prime minister, Gillard barely managed to get a word in as waves of deafening applause, assisted by Jørn Utzon's superb acoustics, seeped across the harbour on a magical spring evening.