With reference to your letter of 8th March enclosing an Aide
Memoire on the establishment of a Netherlands Indies Government
Organisation in Australia , I am glad to inform you that the
Australian Government welcomes the proposal to appoint and
establish for the time being in Australia a Lieutenant-Governor-
General of the Netherlands Indies and a Council of Heads of
I note that this organisation will not affect in any way the
relations between the Netherlands and Australian Governments, and
that the Minister for the Netherlands  will continue to be the
accredited representative of Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina. in
respect of the Netherlands and its overseas territories in the
East and West Indies.
The Australian authorities will be glad to extend to the
Lieutenant Governor-General  and his Council all appropriate
courtesies and facilities. May I add that I have every desire that
both during the period of the domicile of the Lieutenant-Governor-
General and his Council in this country and after the expulsion of
the enemy from the Netherlands Indies, there should be close co-
operation between our two Governments, more especially in regard
to the future security and welfare of the peoples of the region in
which we share so many common interests and responsibilities.
H. V. E.