CANBERRA, 21 September 1944
AGENDUM No. 22/1944-BASING OF NETHERLANDS FORCES ON AUSTRALIA 
Consideration was given to the enquiry made by the Netherlands
Minister in Australia as to whether the Commonwealth Government
would be agreeable to the arrival, accommodation, training and
maintenance in Australia of a Netherlands Force of about 30,000
men, to be used in the Netherlands East Indies.
2. It was recommended that the attitude of the Commonwealth
Government to the approach by the Netherlands Government be
defined as follows:-
(a) The proposal of the Netherlands Government for the basing of a
Netherlands Force of approximately 30,000 troops on Australia
commends itself to the Commonwealth Government, in principle, and
the Government is willing to provide facilities and assistance as
may be practicable in the light of its existing and potential
(b) As a first step, it will be necessary to ascertain what is
involved in accommodating, training and maintaining the proposed
Netherlands Force, as well as financial and other detailed
arrangements, in order that the proposal may be related to the
Government's existing and potential commitments.
(c) To this end, the Government proposes that Australian Army
Staffs in the first instance, and subsequently other Commonwealth
representatives concerned, as may be necessary, should have
discussions with the Netherlands authorities on the matters
indicated in (b).
(d) Upon receipt of further detailed information, the Government
will again communicate with the Netherlands Government.
(e) It is assumed that the despatch of the proposed Netherlands
Force will have the approval of the Combined Chiefs of Staff and
that it will form part of the forces operating in the Southwest
Pacific Area under the command of General MacArthur.
(This recommendation was taken as the decision of War Cabinet-
Minute No. (3807)).