With reference to your letter to me, dated 30th May , regarding
your proposal to set up an organisation for post-hostilities
planning in international affairs, I have examined this matter
closely but feel that I cannot concur with such an organisation
being set up.
I feel that it would ultimately result in a sort of super
department exercising jurisdiction over other departments which
could only, in regard particularly to Treasury and Commerce,
result in friction.
There are matters, of course, which are wholly within the province
of your Department, and as such your Department is most competent
to deal with them. Apart from that, however, I feel that your
proposal is not one which I could support.
J. B. CHIFLEY