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115 Commonwealth Government to Attlee

Cablegram 36 [1] CANBERRA, 5 February 1943 MOST SECRET

Your telegram Nos. D.54 [2] and 21 [3] Colonial Policy. We have
noted terms of revised draft declaration which is to serve as
basis for discussion between Lord Halifax and Mr. Hull. In this
connection the Commonwealth Government would wish it to be clearly
understood with reference to paragraph 5 of the draft that it
regards Australian specific, strategic and economic interests as
extending to South-East Asia, the South-West Pacific and the
Pacific areas. We have been studying the project for a regional
commission for these areas and will in due course communicate our

In the meantime we assume that we will be advised by you of the
stage when we may take formal part in negotiations that may
develop in Washington. Our Minister there is fully informed of our
views and has discussed question with Halifax. [4]

1 Repeated to the Legation in Washington as no.15, to the N.Z. and
South African Prime Ministers as nos 30 and 24 and to the Canadian
External Affairs Dept as no. 4
2 See Document 113, note 2.

3 Document 113.

4 See cablegrams SW4-6 of 5 February on file AA:A3300, 262.

Cablegram SW4 instructed Dixon to 'follow closely the progress of
the Hull-Halifax talks and advise especially when in your judgment
the appropriate stage for Australian participation arises'.

[AA:A989, 43/735/1021]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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