131 Commonwealth Government to Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Your secret telegram No. 9 of 24th January.  Timor Oil.
Question has been considered by Commonwealth Government and
Minister External Affairs  is now investigating whole position.
Latest development is that entirely new group, comprising English
and Australian capital, is now interesting itself in Timor
concessions, and is negotiating with Staughton group view to
liquidation all latter's interests. It then proposes making
entirely new application to Lisbon and to Governor at Dilli  on
lines suggested by Ambassador Lisbon. 
In meantime it is desired that Portuguese Government be informed
through Ambassador of this proposal to show that Commonwealth
Government is still interested in the question and to ensure that
concessions covering whole area are not granted to Wittouck  or
any other group.
[AA : A981, TIMOR (PORTUGUESE) 22, ii]