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Tuesday, 18 October 1949

Mr CHIFLEY - Prior to the lamented death of Mr. Beasley, the High Commissioner for Australia in the United Kingdom, Mr. Mighell had intimated to me that, for health and other reasons, he desired to be relieved of his position as Assistant High Commissioner at the end of the present calendar year. At that time we were unaware of Mr. Beasley's illness and the possibility that it would lead to his sudden death. After Mr. Beasley's death, on behalf of the Government, I asked Mr. Mighell to carry on as Acting High Commissioner. He has been doing so, but it has been clear since his visit to Australia that he wished to retire either at the end of the present year or early next year. Those arrangements still stand. Mr. Mighell entered hospital recently for a brief period for the treatment of war injuries, and during his absence from his duties Mr. McCarthy, the secretary of the Department of Commerce and Agriculture, temporarily replaced him as Acting High Commissioner.

Mr Menzies - Mr. Mighell's health has improved ?

Mr CHIFLEY - I believe that he had to be treated for war injuries. I understand that he has some outside private interests to which he desires to attend and that for health reasons he wishes to retire at the end of this year or early next year.

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