97 Department of External Affairs to Australian Delegation, United Nations
Cablegram [UNY]  198 CANBERRA, 2 September 1946
MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET
Your UN.351.  International Refugee Organisation.
In view of heavy Australian contribution proposed and our substantial commitments for UNRRA we prefer to withhold final view on question of Australian participation in IRO pending examination by Interdepartmental committee.
2. Regarding the scale of contributions, Treasury concur in view that it is unnecessarily confusing to adopt a separate scale for IRO at this stage pending report from United Nations Contributions Committee and our view is that further action on scale of contributions should be deferred until Contributions Committee has made its report.
3. Treasury also comment that provision of $60 In. for large scale re-settlement in first financial year appears optimistic in view of present shipping shortages.
4. Please inform Secretary General of view in paragraphs 2 and 3.