118 Evatt to Beasley (in Philadelphia)

Cablegram 563 [1] CANBERRA, 26 April 1944

MOST IMMEDIATE

To Mr. Beasley from Dr. Evatt.

Your reports 4 [2] and 5. [3]

(1) It does not appear likely that Government delegates can sign an employment agreement at present I.L.O. conference when not so authorised by their Governments. I assume the United States delegates want decide the general principles of an agreement to be recommended to Governments for subsequent consideration. I agree we should not oppose their wish but on the contrary do everything to further such a recommendation suggesting- (A) That I.L.O. take some part in machinery for implementing agreement and (B) That lead is due to Australian Government.

(2) My statement [4] tonight followed criticism by Menzies [5] that you were taking steps independent of, and unauthorised by, Australian Government.

(3) My Press statement is contained in my immediately following telegram.

(4) Please make full use of my statement.

(5) You are doing a very good job-you can't have an omelette without breaking eggs.

Nash wants very close watching as he is an uncertain friend to Australia.

1 Sent through the Legation in Washington.

2 Cablegram 321 of 25 April. On file AA:A989, 44/1320/13/3.

3 Document 117.

4 Evatt's press statement of 26 April (dispatched to Beasley in cablegram 564) is on file AA:A5954, box 655.

5 R. G. Menzies, Leader of the Opposition.

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