115 Commonwealth Government to Attlee
Cablegram 36  CANBERRA, 5 February 1943 MOST SECRET
Your telegram Nos. D.54  and 21  Colonial Policy. We have noted terms of revised draft declaration which is to serve as basis for discussion between Lord Halifax and Mr. Hull. In this connection the Commonwealth Government would wish it to be clearly understood with reference to paragraph 5 of the draft that it regards Australian specific, strategic and economic interests as extending to South-East Asia, the South-West Pacific and the Pacific areas. We have been studying the project for a regional commission for these areas and will in due course communicate our views.
In the meantime we assume that we will be advised by you of the stage when we may take formal part in negotiations that may develop in Washington. Our Minister there is fully informed of our views and has discussed question with Halifax.