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Memorandum CANBERRA, 12 August 1947
F.A.O.-THIRD SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE
The following are the views of the Department of External Affairs on the agenda items for the forthcoming session of the Conference :-
1. Admission of New Members
The application of Siam should be supported. We see no reason to oppose Finland and Austria.
2. Permanent Sites of F.A.O
New York should be supported.
3. Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges
There is no objection to agreement with the proposed convention but our position should be made clear on the taxation question.
The Department of Taxation has indicated that exemption from taxation cannot be granted to Australian citizens employed by the United Nations or its specialised agencies, resident in Australia and deriving their incomes from within Australia.
4. Agreement between F.A.O. and other International Organisations
No objection is raised to the proposed agreement with U.N.E.S.C.O.
5. Amendments Constitution
It is agreed that- (a) A Council of F.A.O. should be set up;
(b) Australia should seek membership;
(c) Our delegation should support the Australian amendments in preference to the immediate adoption of the American proposal; 
(d) A Council should replace the amended Executive as soon as practicable;
(e) In the event of failure to amend the proposed Executive along the lines proposed in the Australian amendments, the delegation should support the United States proposal. 
6. Appointment of Director-General
Of the people at present being considered (Louwes , McDougall , Bruce, Fitzgerald , Myers ) you should vote for McDougall.  Full information on other people being considered should be forwarded to this Department immediately.
7. Election of Executive Committee Members
We have no strong desire to be represented, though this is largely a matter for the Department of Commerce and Agriculture.