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188 Curtin to Forde

Cablegram 530 WASHINGTON, 8 June 1944, 7.50 p.m.


Following for Forde, Acting Prime Minister, from the Prime
Minister. 1. My view of the Monetary Conference is that Australia
should find the notice for representation on the Ministerial level
[1] too short and that we should in the circumstances regretfully
intimate accordingly while agreeing to send an expert to the
Conference who could be Brigden.

2. In view of events in Europe the United Kingdom is really
wishful to avoid discussion now but is being pushed by the
President who desires material helpful for local political scene.

3. Melville's memo [2] indicates not wise for Australia to be tied
up at this stage to plans devised regardless of our special
circumstances. 4. I feel we should avoid the level of
representation at the Conference which would imply Governmental
participation in any findings reached though I doubt that findings
can be reached.


1 See Document 187, note 3.

2 Document 119.

[AA:A3195, 1944, 1.21640]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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