251 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 15 WASHINGTON, 2 January 1942, 6.07 p.m.
MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET
Your telegram[s 1102]  and 1103. 
I have now received following message from President Roosevelt for
Mr. Curtin. 
(Begins) Mr. Churchill and I have considered your message with
urgency which situation clearly demands.
I need not tell you the importance which we attach to the holding
of every possible strong point in [the Western] Pacific.
To this end we and our military, naval and air advisers have given
urgent consideration to the matter of despatching reinforcement at
earliest possible moment. The necessary steps are already under
way for flight to Australia of effective air assistance which I
hope will arrive in very near future.
We are deeply conscious of the magnificent contribution which
Australia has made and is making to common effort and need to
replace strength which she has despatched to other theatres.
[AA:A981, WAR 33, ATTACHMENT B]