125 Moodie to Burton
Minute CANBERRA, 1 February 1949
The attached appreciation  is the final form of the document which was considered in the Joint Intelligence Committee last November and subsequently discussed with the Joint Planning Committee. Certain amendments have been made.
The main points appear on pages 2 and 3  from which will be gathered the considerable divergence from the approach in our Appreciation.  The relevant reference is paragraph 29  on page 6 referring to Chinese populations in South East Asian countries.
The statement regarding Indonesia in paragraph 39 , page 8, is reasonable but its condensation in paragraph 6, page 2, means very little.
In accordance with your instructions I took no part in the preparation or discussion of this document. 
This document will no doubt be considered by the Defence Committee and will ultimately go before the Council for Defence. The Appreciation prepared by this Department will presumably be dealt with in the same way in the Defence Department. I understand from enquiries in Melbourne that it has been considered by the Joint Intelligence Committee who do not quite know what to do with it.