Skip to main content

Historical documents

137 Hodgson to Eggleston

Cablegram PC4 CANBERRA, 16 March 1943


Your S.40. [1]

I fully appreciate your position and have endeavoured to expedite.

Minister however has been very pressed over political crisis here
[2] and arrangements impending visit abroad.

Difficulty here over articles (a) and (g) of proposed exchange of

In one telegram you suggested omission [3] but I now note you
desire acceptance without conditions. However telegram is being
sent to you today following on our acceptance of issue British
Order in Council, to which we previously demurred owing to our
separate negotiations. [4]

Minister is in consequence suggesting to you simple exchange of
notes which is best possible solution for the various difficulties
that have arisen. It seems you can now advance good reasons for
this and for abandonment of negotiations for separate treaty.

1 Received 16 February. On file AA:A989, 43/305/2, v. It requested
definite instructions'as soon as possible' on the questions raised
in Document 131.

2 This concerned the amendment of legislation by the Opposition
majority in the Senate.

3 See Eggleston's cablegram S26 (received 14 February) on the file
cited in note 1.

4 See cablegrams 50-1 of 16 March on the file cited in note 1.

[AA:A989, 43/735/313]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
Back to top