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Jim Cairns Out Takes

Jim Cairns, Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam Government, brings a new dimension to our understanding of his role in history by relating it to the broader motivations of his life.
Series : Australian Biography Series 7 | Year : 1998 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : Robin Hughes
Director : Robin Hughes |
Tape 3 - Jim Cairns interview his early life in Sunbury and Northcote High school, education in 1920's and 1930's. He describes his university days, unemployment, his parent's retirement, The Depression, the politics of Robert Menzies and Ben Chifley. He talks of his influence on his students and the peace movement.
Access No. 276 | 32 mins | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 4 - Jim Cairns interview - his thoughts on the Communist Party, his time in Oxford, UK, and the books that he wrote, Australian Labor Party history and the split with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), his campaigning against Stan Keon of DLP during the 60's.
Access No. 326 | 36 mins | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 6 - Interview about social and economic reform, working within the Australian Labor Party, comments about many ALP politicians, the political and economic importance of Asia to Australia and the importance of Australia having a dialogue with these countries and their leaders. His involvement in the Vietnam war moratoriums.
Access No. 398 | 36 mins | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 7 - interview with Jim Cairns about the lack of violence at the Vietnam war moratoriums, his arrest, his thoughts on Dr. E H Evatt, Arthur Calwell, Brian Harradine. He talks of his opposition to Gough Whitlam for the positionof Prime Minister and his conflict with Arthur Calwell.
Access No. 437 | 32 mins 14 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 8 - Jim Cairns interview about standing up for principles, his relationship with his constituents and his time as Minister for Secondary Industry.
Access No. 497 | 35 mins 30 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 9 - Jim Cairns describes the events over why the Whitlam ALP government decided to try and borrow from unconventional lenders overseas in two major loans matters, known as the Overseas Loans Affair involving Khemlani. He briefly discusses Junie Morosi and her influence and his being a bad politicial risk. Quote - ÒUnless you understand theory of the formation of human character and behaviour you can understand nothingÓ
Access No. 557 | 33 mins | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 10 - Discusses Gough Whitlam and John Kerr and their relationship and Junie Morosi .He mentions some taped interviews done on behalf of the Political Science Department (John Diamond) about his psychological origins. He talks of the Confest (conference / festivals) and the Down to Earth Movement. He describes the downfall of the Whitlam government , It's Time campaign, and ponders whether h would have suceeded as a leader.
Access No. 595 | 35 mins | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 11 - Jim Cairns discusses Gough Whitlam, his relationship with Robert Menzies, his time in Victorian Police Debating Team. He describes meeting his wife, Gwen.
Access No. 675 | 33 mins | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 12 - CU of statue, CU of cat. He discusses having an open house and establishing the Australian and Overseas Students' Club to bring together overseas students and Australian students in a social life. He talks of his relationship with his mother. He talks of the philosophical basis of of the Australia Labor Party and the Communist Party and his hatred of authority
Access No. 724 | 33 mins 30 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 13 - Jim Cairns talks about the Whitlam Govenment coming to power, the context, its social policies, its strengths and its weaknesses. His talks about his relationship with Junie Morosi. He describes his accomplishments in politics and the reasons why he went into politics.
Access No. 784 | 34 mins 30 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 1 - Jim Cairns interview about his childhood, his family, life on the family farm, the Catholic - Protestant rivalry between his family and the Murphy family, his views on religion, his athletic abilities, his school days at Northcote High School, his early work life in the police force and some experiences in the Dogs squad
Access No. 131842 | 36 mins | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tape 2 - Interview with Jim Cairns about his work in the police force and he describes various investigations in which he and his wife Gwen worked, his university studies in commerce, his time with the Dogs squad in police force, from the police force and into the Army, his thoughts on Hiroshima, his job of tutoring at Melbourne University. His earliest ideas on social and poiltical systems,his time living in London and his entry into Parliament.
Access No. 131843 | 35 mins | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |