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160 Churchill to Curtin (in London)

Letter LONDON, 20 May 1944

I was disappointed when I was prevented at the last minute from
attending the meeting on Monday afternoon. [1] I have read with
interest the record of the discussion [2] and in particular the
statement which you put in about Improvements in the Machinery for
Empire Co-operation desired by the Australian Government. [3]

I am very ready to fall in with the suggestion you made that there
should be monthly meetings at which I, with the Secretary of State
for Dominion Affairs, would meet the High Commissioners of the
Dominions and give a review of the current situation and problems.

This would afford an opportunity of periodical discussions with
them on any matters they might wish to raise with me.

I recognise that, as you say, this arrangement would make it
unnecessary for Mr. Bruce, who has been the accredited
representative of the Government of Australia for over two years,
to attend meetings of the War Cabinet regularly. May I take this
opportunity of associating myself very warmly with the remarks
made at Monday's meeting by yourself and by my United Kingdom
colleagues, as to the distinguished services which Mr. Bruce has


1 i.e. 15 May.

2 In AA:A6712, 1944, Top Secret, PMM(44) 14th Meeting.

3 See Document 152.

[AA:M100, MAY 1944]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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