338 Evatt to Glasgow
Cablegram 235 CANBERRA, 1 December 1943
Your 204 paragraph 2.  Canadian Mutual Aid.
1. Circumstances in which United Kingdom-United States of America Mutual Aid Agreement was signed are very different from those prevailing to-day.
2. Inclusion in Canadian agreement of proposed article which suggests tariff commitment would receive wide publicity here and provoke controversy which would be most embarrassing and which we must avoid at all costs.
3. You should indicate position frankly to the Prime Minister stating that Australian Government, while appreciating general Canadian desire to have reference to Mutual Aid principles, hopes that present agreement with Canada will be confined solely to actual provisions for implementing Mutual Aid.
4. Please tell Prime Minister from myself that no one can appreciate better than he the danger of causing local political repercussions whenever this can be avoided.