375 Ball to Burton
Cablegram 2 BATAVIA, 8 November 1945
I urgently request authoritative clarification of the position of Australia representatives here. British authorities in Batavia are apparently not informed of my status or functions. It has been necessary for them to enquire from Plumb about my identity and mission. This is profoundly unsatisfactory. Moreover my arrival is a complete surprise to Plumb who was of a well founded belief that he was chief Australian Government representative here. Would you consequently immediately clarify the situation which meantime remains intolerable.  Meanwhile Plumb is co-operating cordially.
Nevertheless on arrival yesterday I saw Christison and made other contacts. My first impression strongly supports the wisdom of your telegram to Evatt.  Most immediately important to prevent further increase of Dutch troops here.