125 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London

Cablegram unnumbered 12 February 1938,

MOST SECRET HIMSELF

Thanks for your telegram of 11th February.[1] I shall be glad if you will kindly convey to the British Prime Minister [2] the following message from the-

'The High Commissioner has advised me personally of his conversation with you in regard to rearmament. I desire to confirm his statement that Australia will be prepared to co-operate with the United Kingdom to the maximum extent of her power and financial resources in any further defence preparation your Government may decide is necessary for the defence of the Empire in face of the serious international situation.'

LYONS

1 Document 124.

2 Neville Chamberlain.

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