176 Mr W. M. Hughes, Minister for External Affairs, to Mr H. Fitzmaurice, U.K. Consul-General in Batavia
With reference to your air mail despatch of the 5th January, 1938
, concerning air communications with Portuguese Timor, I have
the honour to inform you that after giving full consideration to
the question raised in the seventh paragraph of your despatch, His
Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia has decided
that it would be impracticable to establish or support an air
connection with Dilli.
His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia has
nevertheless found the information contained in your despatch to
be of great interest, and, while regretting its inability to take
any active steps in the matter of air services, it would be
pleased to receive information as to further developments.
W. M. HUGHES
[AA : A981, AVIATION 101]