Charter for Down Under

In Canberra, five days of momentous conferences ended with Prime Ministers John Curtin of Australia and Peter Fraser of New Zealand seated at a historic table. On it, in 1900, Queen Victoria scratched her Royal assent to a Constitution for Australia. On it, last week, two Laborites committed their countries to a document which, they hope, may become the Charter of the Southwest Pacific.

While London, seat of Empire, talked and dallied, two Governments of the British Commonwealth had united on a common foreign policy.

Arc of Security. The primary aim was to...

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