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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Meeting of British Prime Ministers - Australian Representation at Paris Peace Conference.

Mr.CHIFLEY (Macquarie- Prime Minister and Treasurer). - by leave - Honorable members will be aware from the announcement by the British Prime Minister, Mr. Attlee, on the18th March, 1946, that a series of consultations between British Commonwealth Prime Ministers has been arranged in London at times convenient to those concerned. As Mr. Attlee has explained, it has unfortunately not been possible to arrange a meeting at which all Prime Ministers can be present simultaneously. I propose to visit London in time for the commencement of the consultations on the 23rd April, 1946, when the Minister of Finance of New Zealand, Mr. Walter Nash, representing the Prime Minister of New Zealand, will also be present. The Prime Minister of South Africa, Field-Marshal Smuts, will join in the discussions later in April, and the Prime

Minister of Canada, Mr. King, will be in London at a later date. As stated by Mr. Attlee, the discussions will afford an opportunity for an exchange of views on other matters of common concern. The main discussion will be on matters pertaining to the Pacific.

The Minister for External Affairs (Dr. Evatt) will accompany me to the conference in London and will later represent Australia at the Peace Conference to be held in Paris to decide the terms of the Peace Treaties with Italy and the satellite Axis powers.

Mr Menzies - When will the Peace Conference be held ?

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