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180 Curtin to Evatt

Cablegram PM48 (extract) WASHINGTON, 3 June 1944


For Evatt
Your 789. [1]

Australia has neither aircraft nor organisation which enable it to
act independently. It is therefore my view that it would be unwise
to decline United States invitation [2] to hold exploratory talks
on postwar international aviation. I propose to raise matter on my
return with the object of sending Minister for Civil Aviation and
adviser to have preliminary discussions with American authorities.

Australian viewpoint could then be clearly set out and possibly
Americans induced to modify attitude.

[matter omitted] [3]

1 Document 165.

2 Document 130.

3 Matter omitted is substantially the text of Document 130.

[AA:A989, 43/735/832/1, ii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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