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78 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister

Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, n.d.


Have received copy of invitation despatched to you by the
President of the Assembly of the League of Nations inviting
Australia as a signatory of the Washington Treaty to confer with
the other League members parties to the Treaty with a view to a
meeting of the Washington Powers in accordance with the resolution
of the Assembly. [2] The invitation only requires an
acknowledgement which I will deal with. The British Government has
in contemplation that the Dominions will be invited to attend the
conference of Washington Powers when held. Have no information as
to the attitude of the other Dominions, but in my view Australia
should accept. Will advise you further when position more


1 The invitations mentioned in the text were issued on 6 October,
but this cable was referred to the Department of External Affairs
by the Prime Minister's Department on 15 October 1937.

2 This refers to the Assembly's acceptance of the Advisory
Committee reports summarised by Bruce in Document 75.

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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