233 Dunk to Evatt
Cablegram A57 CANBERRA, 6 May 1946
Commerce propose establish trade representation Ceylon. In view of (a) extension local legislative autonomy recommended by Soulbury Commission  which will probably be followed by Dominion status and, (b) the strong separationist movement in Ceylon.
I feel that Australian Government should be represented by Commissioner as for Malaya.
Understand Ceylon Government would appreciate such a move.
McCarthy agrees and I would like your approval to joint submission from Minister, Commerce and Acting Minister, External Affairs to Cabinet seeking authority establishment representation on this basis.