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Thursday, 11 May 1939

I desire to tender my resignation of the position of your Chief Adviser and Head of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Yours sincerely, (Sgd.) Earle Page.

His Excellency the Governor-General.

In view of the pressing nature of the economic problems facing the wheat industry, I have to-day suggested to the State Premiers that these problems should be the subject of early consultation between the Commonwealth and the States. The problems are not only serious; they are also extremely complicated. So that they may be examined in the most efficient manner by the Ministers, I have suggested to the Premiers that there should be a prior discussion by Commonwealth and State experts, who would report to the Ministers' conference. I am hopeful that the expert committee will come together in Canberra almost immediately, and that the ministerial conference will be held within a few weeks.

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