39 Department of External Affairs to Officer

Cablegram 45 CANBERRA, 18 April, 1947

MOST IMMEDIATE

Legation here has returned passports for four mentioned persons [1] stating visas cannot be issued without authorisation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which authorisation has not been received. Except for Soviet, this is the first occasion in the history of the Department when visas requested by the Department for senior officials of the Government have been refused.

1 Carne, Hetherington, Richardson and Forsyth.

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