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283 Commonwealth Government to Cranborne

Cablegram 240 [1] CANBERRA, 15 September 1944


Conference on employment.

In order to follow up the recommendation made to Governments by
the I.L.O. that a conference be held on domestic policies of
employment [2] we wish again to suggest the necessity of holding
at an early date the conference in relation to employment as
agreed to by the resolution of the I.L.O. or a conference with
substantially the same objectives.

2. As the Government which sponsored the recommendation at the
I.L.O. Conference, we would be prepared to take the initiative in
approaching the United States Government. However, we see
considerable advantages in the approach to the United States being
made by the United Kingdom -Government in conjunction with
Australian, New Zealand and other Governments you may suggest.

3. We should be glad to have your approval of these plans as we
believe the opportunity, if lost now, may be very difficult to

4. As you know, the employment approach to economic policy has
been adopted by Australia, and the attitude of Parliament to
international economic proposals contemplated, especially to
monetary plans, may be greatly affected by acceptance of an
international obligation in relation to employment and we should
at any rate leave no stone unturned to secure such an agreement.

1 Repeated to the N.Z. Prime Minister as no. 206.

2 See Document 117, note 3, and Document 145.

[AA:A989, 44/735/58/7]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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