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272 Department of External Affairs to Australian Delegation, United Nations

Cablegram UNY440 CANBERRA, 3 December 1946


Minister does not want Makin and Bailey to be without discretion
trusteeship matter despite our strong feeling on tactics of
several other nations. For instance clause on the freedoms already
binds Australia and it seems extraordinarily quaint to include it
again except for purpose of embarrassment on occasion of annual
reports. None the less we do not want even by unfair propaganda to
be put in mere negative position particularly in view of active
encouragement of Christian Missionary work. Therefore you can
include Paragraph D of your draft [1] if you feel it desirable
always emphasising that this is no new policy and is strictly in
accord with administrative practice.

2. This message is sent because your telephone call is rendered
impossible by condition of circuit. We understand your
difficulties but you must equally understand ours because
trusteeship is matter for government and it is impossible to alter
government approved draft especially in piecemeal and confused way
in which the various points emerge.

3. Accordingly whatever you do must be made expressly subject to
the final approval of the Australian Government and the Australian

1 See Document 265.

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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