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117 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, to Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister

Cablegram 102 LONDON, 19 November 1941, 1.29 p.m.


My telegram No. 89. [1]

When I heard of the decision to replace Brooke-Popham [2] by Paget

interests in the Far East and the number of our troops employed
there, the Australian Government should have been consulted before
so important a decision was arrived at. Not wishing however to
cause trouble, I did not raise the point with you, but contented
myself by insisting that you should be officially advised well in
advance of any public announcement. This morning, however, the
press announcement makes it clear that Paget is not to go to the
Far East and this was done without your being informed or my being
told anything of it, so that I could have advised you privately as
to the reasons. This, to my mind, is intolerable and I have left
little unsaid in my comments. I suggest it is a matter for your
consideration whether you will take action or will leave it on the
basis of strong representations I have made. [4]


[AA : A1608, F45/1/8]

1 Dispatched 6 November. On file AA : A1608, F45/1/8.

2 U.K. Commander-in-Chief in the Far East.

3 U.K. Commander-in-Chief, South Eastern Command, who in fact
became Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces.

4 In cablegram 7297 of 22 November (on file cited in note 1)
Curtin directed Bruce to his cablegram of the same day to the
Dominions Office (Document 121).

[3], I made strong representations that, in view of our vital
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