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61 Evatt to Chifley

Cablegram E15 LONDON, 20 August 1948, 8.35 p.m.


BROOK'S VISIT. [1] Noel-Baker discussed with me new and tentative
suggestions as to future relationships of British Nations which
have been put forward mainly by India and under which status of
the King would be altered in important respects. I informed him of
past occasions when you and I were consulted without our views
being at all accepted and pointed out possibility of serious local
political implications. I further suggested that Indian legal and
constitutional views on British Commonwealth of Nations would need
most careful consideration before we could pronounce on them.

Therefore suggest you might tell Brook that position can be
discussed with me here without commitment by Australia. Best

1 Sir Norman Brook, Secretary to UK Cabinet, visited Ottawa,
Canberra and Wellington during August-September for informal talks
with Prime Ministers on Commonwealth relations.

[AA: A9420, 6]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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