E (PD) (37) 11 (extract) LONDON, 2 June 1937
THE DEMAND FOR THE RETURN OF THE EX-GERMAN COLONIES
MR LYONS said that the point of view of the Government of the
Commonwealth of Australia would be indicated by Mr Casey.
MR CASEY said that the attitude of the Commonwealth towards any
question of giving up their Mandate in New Guinea or their share
in the Mandate for Nauru had been clearly expressed by the
Commonwealth Minister for External Affairs, Sir George Pearce, in
the Commonwealth Senate a few months ago.  In short, the
position of his Government was that they were opposed to any
possibility of giving up New Guinea or Nauru. Sir George Pearce
had said this and had given reasons for it. As regards Nauru a
considerable percentage of the increased Australian wheat
production was dependent on the retention of the Nauru Mandate by
British countries. The Australian point of view was one of firm
determination not to give up either Mandate.