Sunday, October 04, 2009

Australia's hippest Deputy Prime Minister

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1914 Dr Jim Cairns (d. October 12, 2003), Australian politician, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer (1974-5) in Gough Whitlam's Labor Government.

Cairns is best remembered as a leader of the movement against Australian involvement in the Vietnam War, for his affair with Juni Morosi, and for his later renunciation of conventional politics. After leaving politics he became a leading light of the counter cultural Down to Earth movement which organized the countercultural ConFests attended by many thousands of Australians interested in alternative lifestyles (see December 12, 1976, Cotter ConFest, in the Book of Days) ...

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