150 Department of External Affairs to Hodgson
Cablegram UNY7 CANBERRA, 28 March 1946
MOST IMMEDIATE TOP SECRET PERSONAL
Only first three parts of your 359 (United Nations 13 ) have been received. They have been discussed with Minister, together with radio reports indicating that Soviet Delegation left Council Chamber and that Council would meet in camera. 
Minister's directions are as follows:-
It is assumed that you have already opposed any hearings in camera but in any event at next sittings you must oppose this procedure so that hearings will take place in presence of public.
2. You should take the opportunity of indicating to press that Australia is opposed to hearings in camera.
3. You should endeavour to ensure fullest investigation in order to elucidate all the facts. This should include right of questioning of persons making statements in relation to dispute.
This applies not only to particular case under consideration-in addition, Council should lay down procedure along these lines for the future.
4. Copies should be obtained of all communications which have passed between Persian Ambassador  and his Government on Soviet-Iranian issue since 1st March.
5. While Australian views as indicated in instructions should be expressed, in order to avoid danger of Australia being isolated your aim should be to avoid moving positive amendments or carrying amendments to a vote unless there is likely to be some reasonable degree of support.