194 Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs, to Mr V. G. Bowden, Official Representative in Singapore
Cablegram 40 CANBERRA, 15 December 1941
For Mr. Duff Cooper  from Minister for External Affairs.
Begins-We have noted from D.O. M453 of 12th December  that you have been appointed Resident Minister and are appointing a War Council, consisting of Governor , Heads of Services  and Director-General Propaganda. 
The view of Commonwealth Government is that Bowden should be appointed immediately to this Council as provisional Australian representative pending any further arrangement.
We have confidence in his judgment and coolness.
If you concur glad if you would take necessary steps direct with Bowden. Ends.
For Bowden. Desire you take up above question personally with Mr.
Duff Cooper immediately.  Action taken vide M.527 concurred in.