74 Proud to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 73 SINGAPORE, 7 February 1946, 10.45 p.m.
General Political Situation.
I had discussions with Clark Kerr and later with van Mook. I also saw a number of other British and Dutch officials. The whole Indonesian Cabinet at the moment is in Djokjakarta and in any case I felt it would have been undesirable to have established independent contact with the Indonesians at the present stage.
1. Clark Kerr. My discussions with him were mostly confined to matters which I have dealt with in my telegram 71.  He emphasized that what he described to me as the 'Side Issues' were subordinate at the moment to the major political issue and asked that the Australian Government should refrain from forcing these matters until the situation had cleared.
On the question of Australian representation he reiterated what he said in the previous interview that I had with him in Singapore.