With further reference to my No. 4  Government, after most anxious consideration, has decided that it cannot agree to proposal of Pacific War Council that 7th A.I.F. Division be diverted to Burma.
2. This proposal was based on recommendation of Wavell  and his conclusion that A.I.F. Divisions be not despatched to Netherlands East Indies to which we had agreed earlier.
3. Wavell also recommended that 6th Division proceed to Burma if both could be administratively received and maintained.  He has later recommended that the Australian Corps be diverted to Burma and, if Burma is unable to receive the whole at present, part should be landed at Calcutta as reserve for Burma. 
4. Lengthy reply has been furnished to Page  for Pacific War Council stating our viewpoint. We are repeating this to you.6 Briefly put, as Malaya and Singapore have gone and the Netherlands East Indies is indefensible, both the bastion of Empire defence in the south-western Pacific and the outer screen to Australia leave Australia bare. It is the main base from which a counter-offensive against Japan can be launched with American aid and it must be safeguarded. In view of the unsatisfactory strength of our defences in Australia, the destination of the A.I.F. should be Australia.
5. It is desired that you arrange to return here as speedily as possible. Please advise probable date of departure and method of travel. Also state arrangements recommended for command and administration of A.I.F. in Middle East after your departure.
6. On receipt of reply United Kingdom Government will be advised regarding your appointment of Deputy Commander-in-Chief 7. Also furnish appreciation on position in Middle East before you leave.