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Friday, 26 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - The main principles of the agreement were determined when I discussed the matter with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Dr. Dalton. As the treaty involved a considerable amount of drafting of a highly technical character, the Government sent the Crown Solicitor, Mr. Whitlam, to London to join Mr. Mair, the Second Commissioner of Taxation. As is natural in the drafting of such complicated documents, a number of difficult points arose, one or two of which have not yet been entirely settled. They deal not with the main principles but ' with certain technical details as to how the treaty should be applied. Although the work is almost completed, it will not be possible to present the treaty to this Parliament for ratification. I have asked whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer will agree to making public the main points of the agreement, and I am hopeful that, before this session concludes, it will be possible to do so.

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