James Ford Cairns (1914 – 2003)

What if he returned?

Jim Cairns’s biographer Paul Ormonde talks of family honour in keeping the father’s desertion secret and speculates on what might have happened had he come back to the family from the war.

James Ford Cairns (1914 – 2003)

Missing Believed Killed

Jim Cairns confronts evidence that his father deserted and hands the military record to his biographer Paul Ormonde. Cairns tells Gough Whitlam in Parliament about the news and Whitlam is profoundly moved.


Economic Ideas

What is driving our leaders when they make critical decisions about the economy? The Sum of Power is an exploration of the influence of economic ideas upon our leaders.