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303 Dr R. Asmis, German Consul-General in Sydney, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister

Letter (copy) SYDNEY, 24 October 1938


Referring to the talk we had at the Wentworth Hotel some months
ago regarding public statements made by the Right Honourable
Minister of External Affairs [1] vis-a-vis Germany, I beg to
enclose herewith a cutting from the 'Sydney Morning Herald' of the
24th inst. which contains a summary of an address broadcasted by
the Right Honourable Minister of External Affairs on the
Commonwealth's policy regarding the Mandated Territory of New
Guinea. [2]

Since I have the intention of forwarding this address to my
Government I should feel much obliged if you would kindly inform
me whether the statements made therein represent the official
attitude of the Commonwealth Government.


1 W. M. Hughes.

2 Hughes had said that to hand over New Guinea to Germany would be
both 'suicidal' and 'craven', because its strategic importance was
of the first magnitude. Australia had efficiently administered the
Mandate over New Guinea, which represented the only compensation
she had received for her human and monetary losses in the First
World War.

[AA : A981, GERMANY 22, iii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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