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Wednesday, 19 June 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - On the fifteen or sixteen days during which I was in London we worked practically continuously on those subjects. There were also separate consultations between individual United Kingdom and Dominion Ministers on questions specially affecting one or two countries only. The main subject thatI discussed was that of double taxation.

On my way home, I conferred with President Truman, and arranged with the State Department the final adjustment of the lend-lease and reciprocal lendlease negotiations that had been carried out by the late Senator Keane.

I also had the pleasure of visiting the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan. The message which I sent to the CommanderinChief, expressing my admiration of the military bearing and efficiency of all whom I saw, was published at the time. In Tokyo the representatives of other nations spoke in the highest terms of the general conduct and bearing of the 700 or more Australians in the marches that had been held on Anzac , Day and other days.

Before concluding, I should like to express appreciation of the able cooperation that I received throughout the conference from the Minister for External Affairs (Dr. Evatt) and the Resident Minister in London (Mr. Beasley). I must also, acknowledge the good work that was done by the officers who were members of my party the advisers, Sir Frederick Shedden, Secretary for Defence, and Dr. Coombs, DirectorGeneral of Postwar Reconstruction; the press secretary, Mr. Rodgers; and the secretaries, Messrs. Tyrrell and Landau.

I lay on the table the following paper : -

Conference of Prime Ministers, London, 1946 - Ministerial Statement by the Prime Minister, 10th June, 1946. and move -

That the paper be printed.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Menzies) adjourned.

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