290 Burton to Evatt
Cablegram 292 CANBERRA, 4 October 1945
Cabinet last night agreed to the appointment of a number of Trade Commissioners including Peterson at Batavia.  The submission by Commerce  was not shown to us in advance but Mr. Makin has stated that he made the point, to which Cabinet agreed, that this appointment did not prejudice in any way the appointment of a Consul-General under whose jurisdiction the Trade Commissioner would work.
In view of the situation in N.E.I. and of the Cabinet decision an early appointment as Consul-General at Batavia seems essential.
Would Langley  be interested and suitable?