Cablegram 969 WASHINGTON, 15 July 1946, 4.07 p.m.
Your telegram 1051 and 1052.  Trusteeship Agreement.
I regret to say that my specific instructions on Draft Trusteeship
Agreement have not been carried into effect. The draft now
submitted is far too long and detailed and unnecessarily raises a
remote issue. It takes no account whatever of the principles of
the short draft which I prepared and sent with Forsyth's
assistance . I intended Bailey and Eggleston to consider my
draft. But long argumentative and embarrassing matters now appear
which reproduce the grave defects of the New Zealand draft.
There is no occasion for long recitals or reference to the slave
trade and other remote matters. All that is required is a short
reference to the Charter itself having in mind that the Charter
defined the many obligations.
New Zealand has deliberately introduced political matter of local
significance in Samoa where there is an active native political
group. New Guinea is in an entirely different position. This is
especially important as the agreement must be placed before
Parliament where, in my view, it is essential, in accordance with
my clear declaration, to emphasise the continuation of complete
Australian control and authority over the territory subject only
to the clauses contained in the Charter.