262 Evatt to Mackenzie King
Cablegram 146  CANBERRA, 25 August 1943
Your telegram No. 8 to Australia.  War Crimes Commission.
Australia agrees with your insistence that Soviet Government must be made to understand constitutional and international position of Dominions. I therefore suggest that in any representations in Moscow, Canadian Minister should act in co-operation with Australian Charge d'Affaires. It is intolerable if status of Dominions is to be questioned in this way. 
At the same time I think Canada should be very careful when combined bodies are being set up with United States and United Kingdom to recognise that Australia's status is equivalent to that of Canada and I am sure you will understand that we feel as strongly on the matter as you do.
I have heard reference to a proposed combined body to deal with mutual aid. Why Australia should be omitted from such a body I quite fail to understand.  I am quite sure you will not fail to co-operate with Australian High Commissioner in Ottawa and regard yourself as representing Australia when for obvious reasons we can have no Australian responsible Minister on the spot. Best wishes.