165 Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Commonwealth Government

Cablegram 34 LONDON, 25 March 1938

Please let the Prime Minister know the details of the New Australian Defence programme announced in his broadcast on 24th March [1] have been read with great interest here. We should like him and his colleagues to know our warm appreciation of this most timely effort.

1 For details of the Australian Government's 43 million defence program see P. Hasluck, The Government and the People, 1939-41 (Canberra, 1952), pp. 102-3.

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