The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a wonderful
collection of historical documents
all trapped in pulped wood and not digitally indexed or searchable.
Documents pertaining to the Columbo Plan, Malaysia, Trade Agreements, Indonesia Independence, etc, etc; all tied up into $50 and $60 paperbacks and hard covers.
documents are digital
. For instance,
UK's Secretary of State M. McDonald to Joe Lyons
on January 1939;
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs  has received a large number of reports from various reliable sources which throw a most disquieting light on Hitler's  mood and intentions. According to these reports Hitler is bitterly resentful at the Munich Agreement which baulked him of a localised war against Czechoslovakia, and demonstrated the will to peace of the German masses in opposition to the war mongering of the Nazi Party. He feels personally humiliated by this demonstration. He regards Great Britain as primarily responsible for this humiliation and his rage is therefore directed principally against this country which he holds to be the chief obstacle now to the fulfilment of his further ambitions.
Department of External Affairs to Ballard
in 1946. Some of the other ones in that period have a detailed look at the party politics in Indonesia at the time.
You can inform Sjahrir that our reading of the Cheribon
agreement appears to preclude us at this stage of the negotiations
from formally accrediting a consular or diplomatic representative
to his Government. You should assure him however that we wish to
establish close links with the Indonesian Government and ask for
his general comment on the situation. What we have in mind is that
you should be, for all practical purposes and for the time being,
the Australian representative with the Indonesian Republic.
4. In the absence of any Indonesian commentary on the Cheribon agreement, we are inclined to attach some weight to the view that the agreement would facilitate the emergence, as a self-governing state in international law, of the United States of Indonesia rather than the Republic of Indonesia.
Percy Spender to Robert Menzies
during the ANZUS negotiations;
Thank you for your telegram 3411. While I fully appreciate the reasons for your view that we should not do anything which might tend to narrow the field of discussion between the United Kingdom and United States, further information which I have just received makes me feel that there is some danger of American misapprehension of the Australian attitude if our views become known to the United States only through the United Kingdom, even though the United Kingdom may be putting forward views which in some general strategic sense are those of the Commonwealth as a whole.
Menzies to Fadden;
Also tell Percy Spender that the Pacific Pact is not at present on the map because the Americans are uneasy about the stability of most Asiatic countries. We do not need a pact with America. They are already overwhelmingly friendly to us.
The Pacific Pact was Percy Spender's idea to make a treaty that ensured a permanent US presence in the Pacific. It was also to try and create a counter-weight to NATO influence which was being put together at the time.
Menzies was cold to it at first, as was the US and UK, but when John Foster Dulles arrived in Australia after the outbreak of the Korean War, the initial impetus of the Pacific Pact was to become ANZUS.
Hopefully DFAT will continue the digitisation of our foreign policy history so it is readily accessible and searchable.
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