347 Evatt to Bruce
Cablegram N5 CANBERRA, 9 December 1943
MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET
Your N.39, reference van Mook. 
You, of course, appreciate that while it is entirely within the competence of the Netherlands Government to make this appointment without any reference to Australia, the active occupancy of such a post in Australia does require the sanction of this Government.
Thus the proposal itself required our initial consent.
2. In our view the time for van Mook assuming such a post in Australia is most inopportune and I see no difficulty in your stating this on an informal basis to van Kleffens.  If difficulties are raised and your informal approach is rejected I shall feel impelled to raise matter with him direct.