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290 Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs, to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States

Cablegram 95 CANBERRA, 21 January 1942


With further reference to my cablegram No. 65 [1] you may accept
the following as guiding instructions on the subject of coloured

Whilst the Advisory War Council decided that the Australian
reaction to the despatch of negro troops to Australia would not be
favourable (not be favourable) the composition of the forces that
the U.S.A. Government might decide to despatch to Australia is a
matter for that Government to determine. [2]

2. If the U.S.A. Authorities find it necessary to include certain
coloured labour units or a proportion of coloured troops in their
forces it is not the desire of the Commonwealth Government to make
any stipulations which might destroy the nature of the
organisation of the Army formation.

3. Never the less it is assumed that the U.S.A. Authorities, being
aware of our views, will have regard to Australian
susceptibilities in the numbers they decide to despatch.


1 Document 269.

2 See Advisory War Council minute 685 of 20 January in AA:A2682,
vol. 4.

[AA:A3196, 1942, 0.2165]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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