260 Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs, to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States
Cablegram 37 (extract) CANBERRA, 7 January 1942
IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET
I am quoting at the end of this cablegram the substance of a cable
from the Prime Minister  to Churchill on the directive sent to
Wavell  and certain supplementary observations, communicated by
2. You will understand from the cablegram quoted that we are much
disturbed at the procedure proposed to be adopted in relation to
the highest decisions affecting the south-west Pacific. The method
proposed not only fails to recognise our status, which might be
overlooked; but also our great stake and tremendous
responsibilities in connection with the area. In that area our
soldiers will be engaged to an increasing extent. The unanimous
opinion of the Advisory War Council here, which, as you know,
includes both sides in politics, is that we cannot allow the
scheme to go ahead without amendments designed to give us an equal
voice in the final decisions. 
3. My general impression is that we are likely to get greater
support from Roosevelt than from Churchill. In fact, I can hardly
believe that President Roosevelt can know of the unfavourable
reaction here to the scheme as agreed upon between himself and
4. Our general point of view is shared by the N.E.I. Government,
whatever may be said about the Netherlands Government in London.
We have told Dr. van Mook  who is leaving for Washington today
what our views are.
5. I am certain that, unless the organisation is broadened out to
be a true A.B.D.A. organisation instead of an A.B. organisation,
the reaction will be very hostile indeed, especially in the event
of further and probable setbacks.
6. I greatly fear that the propaganda of our Information
Department as sent to you and broadcast to some extent from here
to the United States has produced the impression that we are far
stronger from a military point of view than is the actual case. I
think some frank confession of the true position to President
Roosevelt himself is desirable. To a large extent our resources
have been devoted to theatres other than the south-west Pacific.
7. I need not add that you should present our views on this topic
with the utmost vigour, with a view to ensuring that the machinery
of collaboration will secure true and equal collaboration.
Frankly, we cannot afford to be side-tracked or short-circuited in
the way now proposed.
8. On the recommendation of a Conference attended by Generals
Brett , Brereton  and Barnes , War Cabinet has approved
of the addition of an American representative to our Chiefs of
Staff Committee, and the joint Planning Committee for Operations.
 A Joint Planning Administrative Committee, on which the three