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118 Evatt to Beasley (in Philadelphia)

Cablegram 563 [1] CANBERRA, 26 April 1944


To Mr. Beasley from Dr. Evatt.

Your reports 4 [2] and 5. [3]

(1) It does not appear likely that Government delegates can sign
an employment agreement at present I.L.O. conference when not so
authorised by their Governments. I assume the United States
delegates want decide the general principles of an agreement to be
recommended to Governments for subsequent consideration. I agree
we should not oppose their wish but on the contrary do everything
to further such a recommendation suggesting-
(A) That I.L.O. take some part in machinery for implementing
agreement and
(B) That lead is due to Australian Government.

(2) My statement [4] tonight followed criticism by Menzies [5]
that you were taking steps independent of, and unauthorised by,
Australian Government.

(3) My Press statement is contained in my immediately following

(4) Please make full use of my statement.

(5) You are doing a very good job-you can't have an omelette
without breaking eggs.

Nash wants very close watching as he is an uncertain friend to

1 Sent through the Legation in Washington.

2 Cablegram 321 of 25 April. On file AA:A989, 44/1320/13/3.

3 Document 117.

4 Evatt's press statement of 26 April (dispatched to Beasley in
cablegram 564) is on file
AA:A5954, box 655.

5 R. G. Menzies, Leader of the Opposition.

[AA:A989, 44/1320/13/3]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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