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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Australia,   pp. 136-159 PDF (9.0 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS) 1937, VOLUME II
  He said too that he had been again assured by Chamberlain that
nothing would be done here to embarrass him in his coming election
in Australia. In that connection he said that he personally had
favored holding the election last February when he felt certain he
would have won so that he might have come to the Imperial Confer-
ence with a mandate which would have given him a freer hand; but
there had been a leakage about his intention, opposition arose, and he
felt it was unwise to go on with an election last February; that now
he could hold on until the 12th of December; but that he had told the
Prime Minister and wanted to tell me that it was his purpose to hold
the election as early as possible-if practicable in September-but he
could not attempt to fix a time until after his return to Australia.
  He referred again to his hope for a pact of non-aggression in the
Pacific and said that he had been told by the British Government that
it would take up this subject with the United States, Japan, China and
other interested countries and that he had left the matter in that
position because he felt it properly belonged to the United Kingdom
to deal with this subject.
                                                        BINGHAM
611.4731/222: Telegram
  The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul at Sydney (Doyle)
                             WASHINGTON, June 25, 1937-6 P. M.
  Your despatch No. 424, May 25. Between appropriate introductory
and closing paragraphs you may say the following in an informal
letter to Colonel White:
  I have received from Washington information which enables me to
say that I accurately represented the views of the Department of
State when I told you that the United States could not envisage nego-
tiating a trade agreement with Australia so long as Australia main-
tains its discriminations against American trade. These views are not
based on any special prohibition expressed in the law, but upon the
policy which has been developed under its operation.  WELES
611.4731/229
  Memorandwr by the Chief of the Division of European Affairs
                             (Dunn)
                                      [WASHINGTON,] July 1, 1937.
  On Thursday, July 1, Mr. Casey, accompanied by Mr. Keith Officer,
Counselor of the British Embassy,17 called upon the Secretary at 11
  1 On January 22, 1937, the British Ambassador Informed the Department of
State that the Australian Government had arranged with the British Foreign
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