65 Watt to Dunk
Cablegram P149 CANBERRA, 13 August 1946
Please see report of Washington telegram No 1107 to Canberra re F.A.0. 'Proposals for a World Food Board' contained in P.154. 
2. A note has been received from the United States Government' indicating its disapproval of the Orr plan and affirming:
(a) international collaborative action of United Nations is required and represents soundest approach.
(b) Copenhagen conference should analyse alternative proposals and prepare plan of international action for coping with problems. No action should be taken at this session which prejudices the work of the Committee.
(c) The Committee recommended by the Director-General should submit its report to him not later than 31st December, 1946, and the Director-General should bring the report to the attention of the member nations of F.A.0. and to the Economic [and] Social Council of the United [Nations] at the earliest possible date.
3. Initial reaction here is favourable to full exploration of Orr plan which promises to be in interests of big exporters of agricultural products like Australia, though considerable modification may be necessary. Our impression is that the basis of United States objection is partially ideological and partially the concern of the United States farm bloc for high prices. The plan would tend to limit freely competitive market conditions which almost inevitably entails United States hostility. The United States alternative seems designed to defeat effective action by F.A.0. which is the competent organ of United Nations in this field.
4. Full F.A.0. proposals will need careful study but may not arrive in time for suitable instructions to Australian delegation.
In view of United States opposition strenuous efforts may be needed at Copenhagen to ensure proper consideration of Orr plan.
5. Our tentative Departmental view is that Orr proposals should be supported in principle (subject to detailed examination) and that Australia should seek election to the Committee proposed by F.A.0.
6. Would appreciate your comments. 
7. Re your 138.  According to F.A.0. Constitution it is necessary to lodge credentials with Director-General fifteen days before opening date of conference. This rule may not be rigid but we are arranging credentials for Walker, in the hope that he will be able to attend.
8. Suggest you consider practicability of providing a Secretary for the delegation at about Third Secretary status? Such services are deemed essential by those who attended first meeting of F.A.0.