190 Department of External Affairs to Ball
Cablegram 5 CANBERRA, 15 April 1946
SECRET MOST IMMEDIATE
Allied Council. Your 156. 
1. Your action in referring for instruction is proper procedure.
The matters raised may be of fundamental significance and we consider that they should not be discussed until we have the opportunity of consulting the other British Commonwealth Governments concerned. (See telegram which will be repeated to you. ) Pending their views you should refrain from making your proposed statement. In order to hold the position you should if it appears necessary announce in Council that you are referring the matter for instructions.
2. Please cable text of memorandum when available or summary if text is lengthy. 
3. While we agree generally with views you expressed to Marquat (Your 146 ) we think it was inexpedient to raise them with MacArthur's Deputy even unofficially or privately at this early and delicate stage in the imposition of F.E.C. authority. 
4. We are filing your 156 (BCOM1) as ACJ2 but in view of reference to conversation with Marquat we are not repeating it to United Kingdom, New Zealand or India.