123 Dedman to Chifley
Cablegram ITO225 GENEVA, 18 July 1947
MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET
I am unhappy about telegram from Cabinet Sub-committee dealing with embargoes , and support strongly the suggestion in Delegation telegram I.T.O.221 (as amended by ITO 224) that the decision be reviewed.  It Seems to me that Australia with serious gaps in her resources would be taking a very big risk in not doing everything possible to limit the use of embargoes.
Dependence on imported oil is a clear case and Australia deficient also in other sources of power.
If future power supplies came to be dependent say on supplies of Uranium distribution of which in workable quantities seems to be concentrated in a few countries it might make it possible for those countries by imposition of embargoes to prevent development in other countries.