86 Commonwealth Government to Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Cablegram 6851 CANBERRA, 16 October 1941
Your telegrams M.319, M.320 and M.321 of 11th October, 1941.  Commonwealth Government has considered the measures outlined for expediting the machinery of intergovernmental consultation in the event of a move by Japan necessitating active military counter measures.  We are taking steps to ensure that immediate consideration is given to any telegram sent to us in accordance with the special arrangements adopted and that our views are communicated to the United Kingdom and Dominion Governments without delay.
2. We propose to issue instructions to the Australian Ministers at Washington, Tokyo and Chungking to submit information to us regarding any move by the Japanese which is considered to necessitate immediate military counter measures.  Any information of this kind received by the Commonwealth Government will be telegraphed to London, to Dominion Governments and to the other authorities referred to in paragraph 7 of your telegram M.319 and the procedure outlined in your M.320 will be observed.