280 Mr P. Liesching, U.K, Acting High Commissioner to Australia, to Lord Stanley, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Cablegram 186 27 September 1938,
IMMEDIATE SECRET AND PERSONAL
Following for Harding  Begins. I saw the Prime Minister's message this afternoon  (telegram No. 96 ) in draft shortly before he  telephoned first to Mr Bruce  and subsequently to Mr Chamberlain.  It is primarily the work of Menzies  and Casey  and as such is obviously entitled to all the respect due to authoritative views which can only be expressed by Ministers.
Nevertheless I am here to form the best opinion I can with the numerous contacts open to me and I do so with a full sense of responsibility. The Prime Minister's telegram was drafted some hours before the Cabinet (with the significant exception of Mr Hughes  who is ill today but has been successful in resisting earlier proposals to telegraph unreserved approval of concessions beyond the limits indicated in my telegram No. 184 ) had seen Dominions Office telegram Circular B. No.279  and appreciation of His Majesty's Ambassador at Berlin.  1 could hardly believe that it should have been sent, as it was, after those telegrams had been studied and should purport to represent general opinion here. I feel bound to record my considered view that Mr Lyons' message is very far from representing the core of Australian majority opinion, except as regards its first paragraph, and that it would be condemned by public sentiment here as an insulting under-estimate of their appreciation of immediate and ultimate issues involved.