84 Sir Geoffrey Whiskard, U.K. High Commissioner to Australia, to U.K. Dominions Office
Cablegram 94 (paraphrase) CANBERRA, 10 May 1939
My telegram No. 80 of the 3rd May.  Yesterday the Prime Minister  told me that since my talk with him of the 2nd May he had received from the Department of External Affairs a memorandum  which had altered his views regarding representation at Tokio. In the debate on the international situation , categorical statement as to complete unanimity between the United Kingdom and Australia on foreign affairs would make it difficult for Japan to misrepresent the establishment of a legation. On the other hand it was vitally important, especially to Australia, to keep Japan out of war if war should come, and he felt that the creation, at Tokio, of an Australian Legation might be of some assistance in bringing this about.
Difficulty would be to find the right man but as soon as this has been done, or perhaps before, he will communicate further.