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339 Mr A. T. Stirling, External Affairs Officer in London, to Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs

Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, 17 February 1942, 3.53 p.m.

Personal for Minister for External Affairs to be decyphered by
Tilley [1]:Your telegram 16th Feby [2], following from Sir
Stafford Cripps [3] begins:-

Personal from Cripps to Evatt alone: Secret and confidential.

I was delighted to hear from and of you and very much hope that
you will be coming to this country before long to represent
Australia for a time at least.

I fully realize your outlook and have the greatest sympathy for
it. I have had a long talk to Bruce [4] who asked me to see him
this evening, and his views are very similar to your own as to the
necessity for drastic changes here. I am doing my best to persuade
those in authority to act in this direction and shall not
undertake any public opposition until I am convinced that
persuasion from within is of no avail.

I regard the facade of unity as of the greatest importance
internationally at the present moment and the present supreme
leadership essential to be retained, unless there is complete
resistance to reorganization.

You can rely on me to do my utmost to help in the direction that
you wish.

Judging by my overwhelming correspondence there is a strong
feeling in the country that we must reorganize our Government.


1 Clerk, Communications and Records Section, External Affairs

2 Document 335.

3 See Document 338, notes 1 and 2.

4 See Document 338, note 2.

Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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