Your N.39, reference van Mook. 
You, of course, appreciate that while it is entirely within the
competence of the Netherlands Government to make this appointment
without any reference to Australia, the active occupancy of such a
post in Australia does require the sanction of this Government.
Thus the proposal itself required our initial consent.
2. In our view the time for van Mook assuming such a post in
Australia is most inopportune and I see no difficulty in your
stating this on an informal basis to van Kleffens.  If
difficulties are raised and your informal approach is rejected I
shall feel impelled to raise matter with him direct.