164 Department of External Affairs to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States
Cablegram 43 19 April 1940, 11.02 p.m.
Your telegram No. 62. 
Minister concerned  absent from Canberra for the week-end.
Meanwhile following is the text of reference to Netherlands East Indies made by Minister for External Affairs in view of international situation in House of Representatives this morning.
'Any large scale invasion of Netherlands it will surely be appreciated would affect status Netherlands East Indies, a territory at our back door and our closest neighbour, whose fate is of immediate and vital concern to Australia.' Minister for External Affairs also cited Hull  and Arita  declarations, former with gratification.