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42 Chifley to Dedman

Cablegram F3 CANBERRA, 17 July 1949, 4.40 p.m.

Dr. Evatt and I have considered further draft resolution contained
in your F7. [1] Regarding paragraph 1, our view is that present
conference should not be called upon to give blanket endorsement
to conclusions reached by representatives of United States, Canada
and United Kingdom at meeting at which we were not represented.

Paragraph 1 not only implies a full acceptance of those
conclusions but also has implications in relation to continuation
of discussions between the Governments named. We would very much
prefer therefore that paragraph be omitted. If this is not
possible, you should endeavour to have substituted word 'note' for
word 'welcome' and omit all words after 'United Kingdom'.

Regarding paragraph 2, you are aware of Australian advocacy of
principle of 'full employment' as distinct from 'high levels of
employment'. We would therefore desire any reference in this
paragraph to be to full employment and not to high levels of

Paragraphs 3 and 4 no further comment.

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[AA: A4311, 29/4]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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