Politics & Society

“A Riveting Exchange”: The 1968 Jim Cairns Interviews

Dr. Jim Cairns (1914-2003)

The pioneering interviews which Dr. Diamond undertook with Australian politician Jim Cairns in 1968 have had lasting significance, and mark a highlight of Diamond’s career in Australia before his move to the US in 1972. Cairns (1914-2003) was a leading left-winger in Australia’s labour party. At the time of the interviews he was an MP for Lalor (a suburb of Melbourne) and had been appointed shadow minister for trade and industry by party leader Gough Whitlam.

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