34 Evatt to Bruce Cablegram SL55
CANBERRA, 1 September 1942
TO BE DECIPHERED BY OLDHAM MOST CONFIDENTIAL AND PERSONAL
Please take up with Palace authorities immediately question of
exchange of Ministers with Russia.  It is desired King's
informal approval be obtained for Honourable William Slater
M.L.A., Speaker of Legislative Assembly, Victoria, [to be]
nominated as first Australian Minister. In this connection see
particulars for information of King in following telegram. 
2. On receipt of above approval, please arrange for immediate
despatch of following message to Molotov  through British
Ambassador and request necessity of most urgent despatch and
For Molotov from Evatt.
The Australian Government has nominated as Minister to Soviet a
very distinguished Australian, the Honourable William Slater
M.L.A. He is Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Victoria and
he has been a member of the Assembly for many years. He is one of
the leaders of the Australian Labour Movement and has been long
associated with Trade Unionism. He has been actively associated
with voluntary bodies formed for the purpose of providing aid to
Russia and with a number of Russo-Australian cultural bodies.
The Government would be obliged if you could indicate your
agreement with nomination and simultaneously nominate your
Minister forthwith. The moment you do Mr. Slater will leave to
take up his appointment as we agree with you that delay in these
matters is unsatisfactory. Ends.
3. I may tell you matter is regarded as of pressing urgency.
advise moment reply is received from Russia. 
4. As regards remainder of formal procedure, course followed in
your appointment to Netherlands will be adopted.
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