226 Chifley to MacArthur
Message CAB302 CANBERRA, 31 August 1945
IMMEDIATE TOP SECRET
I thank you for your message CX.10599 of 28th August , embodying copy of General Headquarters General Orders No. 41, from which it is noted that, as from 1200 hours, 2nd September, 1945, the Southwest Pacific Command will be dissolved, and the portion of the Southwest Pacific Area defined in the Order will be transferred to British and Australian Command.
2. The Government has approved that the control of the combat sections of the Australian Defence Forces, which was assigned to you as Commander-in-Chief, Southwest Pacific Area, on 18th April, 1942, shall revert, as from 2nd September, to the authorities in whom it was vested before that date, namely:-
Royal Australian Navy - Naval Board.
Australian Military Forces - Commander-in-Chief, Australian Military Forces.
Royal Australian Air Force - Air Board.
3. It is noted from paragraph 1 (a) of General Orders No. 41 that Admiralty Islands, which are part of the Australian Mandate, remain outside the area to be transferred to British Commonwealth Control and will be under United States control. You will be aware from my letters of 14th June  and 27th July , communicating the Government's views on the Australian war effort and the future set-up in the Southwest Pacific Area, that it is the desire of the Government that control of Australian Mandated Territories should revert to it upon the dissolution of the Southwest Pacific [Area].
The Commonwealth Government assumes that this arrangement is for purely military purposes, will be strictly limited in duration, and is without prejudice to our ultimate arrangements for the establishment of civil control.