236 Commonwealth Government to Cranborne
Cablegram 172 CANBERRA, 24 July 1944
MOST IMMEDIATE AND SECRET
Your telegram No. 135 of 12th June.  Australian Government has carefully reconsidered question of inclusion of Japanese merchant seamen in proposed civilian exchange with Japan. In the light of views expressed in your telegram and in personal message received by Prime Minister from Mr. Churchill , and after communication with the Commander-in-Chief, S.W.P.A. , the Australian Government withdraws its previously expressed objection to inclusion in the exchange of the 331 merchant seamen in question.
We assume that proposals on this new basis will be communicated at once to Japanese Government.