141 Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister, to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States
Cablegram 132 CANBERRA, 30 November 1941
We have received a request from the British Government asking us to approve authorisation advance into Kra Isthmus by British troops if reconnaissance established fact that escorted Japanese ships are approaching Isthmus.  We have received all your telegrams up to the present and our reply to the United Kingdom Government is contained in my immediately following telegram. 
In these new moves we have no definitive statement as to whether Hull  has completely abandoned talks with Kurusu.  Our view as expressed to you and Bruce  was that the breakdown should be avoided if possible and that Hull should be strongly encouraged not to give up attempt.  We have not received even as yet his counter proposals presumably because you were not furnished with a copy.
Following on above just received your 1053  which was delivered after your 1054.  In view of changing situation suggest better not to proceed at present moment with your proposal as outlined 1053. If you proceed with it later, suggest you preserve greatest caution possible; otherwise there will be misunderstanding by Halifax  with whom you might discuss possibility. It would be far better if Hull could be induced to resume talks.