514 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, to Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister
Cablegram S28 LONDON, 2 June 1942
FOR PRIME MINISTER PERSONAL HIMSELF
Reference Dominions Office telegram No. 442.  Point raised is one I anticipated Prime Minister would have put to Evatt  in their final conversation last Friday but in fact it was not. My reason for this anticipation was that I knew Fraser  had cabled when I took over from Page  indicating that he did not want Jordan  to attend War Cabinet meetings but Australian High Commissioner doing so placed him in some difficulty-this most secret. Trouble was got over but Attlee  saw me yesterday suggested matter might be revived on announcement of my appointment as Accredited Representative and asked if I thought you would mind Prime Minister suggesting it should be made clear that I was shedding for the time being my routine functions as High Commissioner. I told him I quite understood their difficulty, that I was sure you would and that I saw no objection to Prime Minister cabling. Hence Dominions Office telegram No. 442.
Apart from United Kingdom's embarrassment it will be necessary for me in order to devote the required time to my duties as Accredited Representative to leave many of the matters I have been handling to Duncan.  Foreseeing this I raised with Evatt the desirability of Duncan being appointed Deputy High Commissioner in order to improve his status and position in carrying out the work that would fall to him. As Prime Minister did not raise the question of my position as High Commissioner we decided to let the matter rest, at all events till Evatt got back to Australia. Now however that matter has been raised I think it would be desirable at the same time as any public statement is made that I am giving up part of my duties as High Commissioner it should be announced that these duties will be discharged by Duncan who has been appointed Deputy High Commissioner.
I have repeated this cable and Dominions Office telegram No. 442 to Evatt.