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Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia


3. Prime Minister's Department and Parliamentary Papers

Image 6: Prime Minister Gorton with President Suharto, Indonesia 1968.

Image 6: Prime Minister Gorton with President Suharto, Indonesia 1968.
NAA: A1200, L73540
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The records listed in this chapter were created by the Prime Minister's Department, the Attorney-General's Department, the Cabinet Office and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, THIRD SYSTEM, 1934–50
Canberra
This series consists of general correspondence files dealing with subjects that came to the attention of the Prime Minister of the day. Records from the department's previous general correspondence series have been top-numbered into A461.
Series: A461
Quantity: 143 metres
Recorded by: 1934–35: Department of External Affairs (II), Central Office (CA 18); 1935–50: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
International affairs, Netherlands East Indies, general representations, 1945–46 A461, K350/1/9 part 1
International affairs, Indonesian camps in Australia, Casino, 1945–46 A461, M350/1/9 part 1
International affairs, Netherlands East Indies, general representations, 1946 A461, K350/1/9 part 2
International affairs, Indonesian camps in Australia, Casino, 1946–47 A461, M350/1/9 part 2
Indonesia, policy, 1946–50 A461, A350/1/9
International affairs, Netherlands East Indies, general, 1946–50 A461, K350/1/9 part 3
Passports, Indonesian Republic, 1946–51 A461, J349/4/2
Australian representatives abroad, Indonesia (United States of), Australian Embassy at Djakarta (Batavia), 1950 A461, K703/1/2
International affairs, New Caledonia, Indonesian community, parliamentary question by Mr Drummond, MHR, 1950–51 A461, Z350/1/9
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, FOURTH SYSTEM, 1951–55
Canberra
As with A461, this series covers a wide range of subject material.
Series: A462
Quantity: 49 metres
Recorded by: 1951–55: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Survey of conditions for Indonesian nationals in pearling industry, 1951–52 A462, 271/5
Indonesia, political and economic reports, 1951–56 A462, 618/3/1 part 1
Military mission to Indonesia, 1953–54 A462, 439/1/37
International relations, political and economic, Indonesian labour movement, 1955 A462, 618/3/9
Visits to Australia, Indonesian goodwill mission, 1955 A462, 853/9/8
Indonesia, political and economic reports, 1956–57 A462, 618/3/1 part 2
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, OCCASIONAL 'G' (GENERAL REPRESENTATIONS) INFIX, 1956–
Canberra and Sydney

Records in this series deal with general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister. This series contains unclassified records, with classified material being stored in a separate series, A1209.

The Prime Minister's Department coordinates and oversights the activities of all portfolios. The range of material in this series is wide and complex, because various functional responsibilities were continually being added to, or removed from, the department.

Series: A463
Quantity: 544 metres in Canberra, 184 metres in Sydney
Recorded by: 1956–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Trade between Indonesia and Australia, 1952–57 A463, 1956/1637 part 1
Trade between Indonesia and Australia, 1957–59 A463, 1956/1637 part 2
A D Santos, medical attention for injuries received assisting Australian forces in Timor, 1957 A463, 1957/3288
Australian National Council of Women, proposal that Indonesian women visit Australia, 1958 A463, 1958/2659
Flight testing of Indonesian radio navigation aids by Department of Civil Aviation, 1959–61 A463, 1959/6956
Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia, December 1959, photographic record, 1961 A463, 1961/6006
'Four Arts in Australia', exhibition in Indonesia, presentation of painting to President Soekarno, 1962 A463, 1962/5175
Parliamentary question, attack on British Embassy in Jakarta, 1963 A463, 1963/4040
Parliamentary questions, Indonesian guerillas in Malaya using Australian-made guns, 1964 A463, 1964/5002
Re-enactment of Captain Bligh's voyage from Tonga to Timor Island by Lieutenant D E Olifent, 1965 A463, 1965/2316
Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr A Malik, visit to Australia, 1966–68 A463, 1966/3659
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'W' (WAR) PREFIX, 1939–49
Canberra
Records in this series deal with various facets of wartime legislation, including national security regulations. Other material covered in the files includes censorship, conscription, seizure of enemy vessels and patents.
Series: A472
Quantity: 20 metres
Recorded by: 1939–49: Attorney-General's Department, Central Office (CA 5)
Waterside workers, Queensland, strike in sympathy with Indonesian seamen, activities of Australian Communist Party,1945–46 A472, W29545
Mrs Muriel Pearson, 'Sourabaya Sue' (Surabaya Sue), activities in connection with communists and the Indonesian situation, 1947 A472, W32065
Agreement with the Netherlands East Indies, extradition of war criminals, 1949 A472, W32183
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES (CLASSIFIED), 1957–
Canberra and Sydney

This series contains classified files about general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The files contain subject matter as varied as the unclassified material held in A463.

Subjects covered include political, cultural, economic, defence and foreign affairs matters.

From a research perspective this series is almost as important as A1838. Items in this series often include distillations of departmental policy advice given to prime ministers. Often extensive advice was supplied from more than one department on particularly contentious matters.

Series: A1209
Quantity: 790 metres in Canberra and 343 in Sydney
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Australia, Indonesia, proposed treaty of friendship, 1955 A1209, 1957/5020
Indonesia, Prime Minister's visit (1959), 1955–59 A1209, 1957/4775 part 1
Supply of arms to Indonesia, 1955–60 A1209, 1957/4389 parts 1–4
W R Crocker, despatches on conditions in Indonesia, 1956 A1209, 1959/321
Indonesia, Australian diplomatic representation, 1957–60 A1209, 1957/6058
Outline (of) plan to meet covert Indonesian action in Papua New Guinea, 1957–68 A1209, 1964/6467
UK/USA ad hoc group discussion on Indonesia, policy, 1958 A1209, 1958/5039
'Notes on Indonesia', prepared by R J Beveridge, c1958 A1209, 1958/6202
Likelihood of Indonesian attack on Dutch New Guinea, 1958–59 A1209, 1959/57 part 1
Likelihood of Indonesian attack on Dutch New Guinea, 1958–59 A1209, 1959/57 part 3
Likelihood of Indonesian attack on Dutch New Guinea, 1959 A1209, 1959/57 Guinea, 1959 part 2
Indonesia, Prime Minister's visit (1959), 1959–60 A1209, 1957/4775 part 2
Australian mediation between Indonesian Government and rebels, 1959–60 A1209, 1959/1116
Acquisition of armaments by Indonesia and training of Indonesian service personnel in Australia, 1959–61 A1209, 1960/424
Australia–Indonesia cultural agreement, 1959–79 A1209, 1968/8418
West New Guinea policy (Dutch/Indonesian dispute), 1961–64 A1209, 1961/86 parts 1–4
The future of Portuguese Timor, policy, 1961–75 A digital copy of this item is available on RecordSearch. A1209, 1974/9010
Visit by Minister for External Affairs to Indonesia, reports by Australian Embassy, Djakarta, 1962 This item has records of conversation with President Sukarno, Dr Subandrio, General Nasution and others. A1209, 1962/705
United States and Western aid to Indonesia, 1962–66 A1209, 1962/817 parts 1–5
Missile bases in Indonesia, 1962–63 A1209, 1962/964
Malaysia, Indonesian attitude, 1962–64 A1209, 1963/6637 parts 1–4
Quadripartite talks on Indonesia, 1963–65 A1209, 1968/9055
Malaysia, Indonesian and Philippine attitude, 1964 A1209, 1963/6637 part 6
Malaysia, Indonesian and Philippine attitude, 1964 A1209, 1963/6637 part 8
Indonesia, special actions and operational plans (Confrontation), 1964–66 A1209, 1964/6647 parts 1–5
Indonesia, special action and operational plans, PM to PM messages, 1964–65 A1209, 1964/6804
Indonesia coup d'état, 1964–65 A1209, 1964/6814
Indonesian coup d'état, 1965 A1209, 1965/6674 part 1
Indonesian coup d'état, 1965–66 A1209, 1965/6674 part 2
End of Confrontation, CINCFE (Commander in Chief, Far East) plan for reciprocal rundown of British and Indonesian forces, 1966–67 A1209, 1966/7358
Dr A Malik, Indonesian Foreign Minister, visit to Australia, 1967–70 A1209, 1967/7659
Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia, June 1968 A1209, 1968/8355
Indonesian foreign policy, c1968 A1209, 1968/9154
Border disputes, Papua New Guinea–West Irian, c1968 A1209, 1968/9240 part 1
Border disputes, Papua New Guinea–West Irian, c1968 A1209, 1968/9240 part 2
Border disputes, Papua New Guinea–West Irian, c1968 A1209, 1968/9240 part 3
Border disputes, Papua New Guinea–West Irian, c1968 A1209, 1968/9240 attachment
Cultural relations with Indonesia, c1968 A1209, 1968/10137
MENZIES AND HOLT MINISTRIES, CABINET FILES, 'C' SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1958–67
Canberra
This is the main series maintained by the Cabinet Office for the administration of Cabinet business.
Series: A4940
Quantity: 78 metres
Recorded by: 1958–67: Secretary to Cabinet/Cabinet Secretariat (CA 3)
Indonesia, policy, 1957–66 A4940, C1943
Evacuation from Indonesia, plans for use of military force to assist, 1958 A4940, C2240
Cultural agreement with Indonesia, policy, 1959 A4940, C2911
Plans 'Spillikin' and 'Hemley' to counter Indonesian aggression against Malaysia, 1959 A4940, C2911
CABINET FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'C' (CABINET) PREFIX, 1968–72
Canberra
These files were created in the Prime Minister's Department following its separation from the Cabinet Office in March 1968. The Prime Minister's Department continued to advise the Prime Minister on Cabinet business and was supplied by the Department of the Cabinet Office with copies of all Cabinet documents and, where requested, photocopies of documents from earlier Liberal governments.
Series: A5619
Quantity: 17 metres
Recorded by: 1968–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12); 1971–72: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
Netherlands New Guinea, Indonesian interest, political effects, 1960 A5619, C763
Aid to Indonesia, 1967–70 A5619, C237
SEVENTH MENZIES MINISTRY, COPIES OF CABINET SUBMISSIONS AND ASSOCIATED SUBMISSIONS, FIRST SERIES (1958–61), 1981
Canberra
This is an artificial series created by copying original papers held on Cabinet files. It consists of sets of Cabinet submissions from 1958–61 arranged in folders. Each folder contains submissions for consideration by Cabinet or its committees, which are arranged in numerical order with related decisions and, in some cases, notes on submissions.
Series: A5818
Quantity: 4 metres
Recorded by: 1981: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Trade negotiations with the Republic of Indonesia (decision no. 286), 1959 A5818, volume 6/ agendum 232
Servicing of Indonesian and Dutch aircraft in Australia (decision no. 1022), 1960 A5818, volume 19/ agendum 839
SEVENTH MENZIES MINISTRY, COPIES OF CABINET SUBMISSIONS AND ASSOCIATED DECISIONS, SECOND SERIES (1961–63),1982–83
Canberra
This is an artificial series created by copying original papers held on Cabinet files. It consists of sets of Cabinet submissions from 1961–63 arranged in folders. Each folder contains submissions for consideration by Cabinet or its committees. These submissions are arranged in numerical order with related decisions and, in some cases, notes on submissions.
Series: A5819
Quantity: 3 metres
Recorded by: 1982–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Portuguese Timor and the North Borneo territories (decision no. 675), 1963 A5819, volume 15/ agendum 575
Quadripartite talks on Indonesia (decision no. 675), 1963 A5819, volume 15/ agendum 576
Australian cooperation with Indonesia in New Guinea (decision no. 703), 1963 A5819, volume 15/ agendum 601
Papua and New Guinea, delineation and demarcation of the border with West Irian (decision no. 1003), 1963 A5819, volume 22/ agendum 855
EIGHTH MENZIES MINISTRY, COPIES OF CABINET SUBMISSIONS AND ASSOCIATED DECISIONS (1963–66), 1983–85
Canberra
This is an artificial series created by copying original papers held on Cabinet files. It consists of sets of Cabinet submissions for 1963–66 arranged in folders. Each folder contains submissions for consideration by Cabinet or its committees. These submissions are arranged in numerical order with the related decisions and, in some cases, notes on submissions.
Series: A5827
Quantity: 3.6 metres
Recorded by: 1983–85: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Use of Australian forces against Indonesian-trained infiltrators in Malaya (decision no. 138, FAD), 1964 A5827, volume 4/ agendum 126
Exploration, petroleum, Australian continental shelf, request by Woodside (Lakes Entrance) oil company (decision no. 260), 1964 A5827, volume 4/ agendum 130
FIRST HOLT MINISTRY, COPIES OF CABINET SUBMISSIONS AND ASSOCIATED DECISIONS (1966), 1983–85
Canberra
Series: A5841
Quantity: 2 metres
Recorded by: 1983–85: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Economic assistance to Indonesia (decision no. 290), 1966 A5841, 215
Review of strategic controls over exports to Indonesia (decision no. 667), 1966 1809076
GORTON AND MCMAHON MINISTRIES, CABINET FILES, 'CO' SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1960–72
Canberra
Series: A5882
Quantity: 31 metres
Recorded by: 1968: Secretary to Cabinet/Cabinet Secretariat (CA 3); 1968–71: Department of the Cabinet Office (CA 1285); 1971–72: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Continental shelf, common boundary between Indonesia and Australia (including the Territory of Papua/New Guinea),1970–72 A5882, CO862
Visit of Mr Soeharto, President of Indonesia, 1971–72 A5882, CO1350
FOLDERS OF COPIES OF CABINET PAPERS, 1976–
Canberra

This series is an attempt to create as complete a record as possible of Federal Cabinet activity since 1901. Although the Cabinet Office has maintained its own record series since 1919, these are incomplete.

This series contains copies of Cabinet, War Cabinet and Cabinet committee business, including papers, agenda and business lists, submissions, minutes of meetings, and decisions made (including decisions made without submissions).

A6006 has been microfilmed and reference copies are available in the reading rooms of all offices of the Archives.

Series: A6006
Quantity: 9.18 metres
Recorded by: 1976: National Archives of Australia, Central Office (CA 1720)
Netherlands East Indies, Australian trade relations, 1947
Parent item: A1068, ER 47/1/27
A6006, 1947/06/03
Australian relations with Indonesia, 1949
Parent item: A1838, 854/10/4/3 part 6
A6006, 1949/12/31
Arms for Indonesia, United Kingdom proposals, 1960
Parent item: A1838/247, 3036/6/2/1 part 2
A6006, 1960/5/4
PRIME MINISTER'S CORRESPONDENCE, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1950–66
Unknown, in agency custody.
Records in this series contain letters (originals or copies) between Prime Ministers Menzies and Holt and other heads of government. This series holds only two items of relevance to this guide.
Series: A6706
Quantity: 0.9 metres
Recorded by: 1950–66: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Correspondence between Australian prime ministers (Menzies and Holt) and heads of other governments, Indonesia,1957–66 A6706, 34
Indonesian–Malaysian confrontation, 1963–66 A6706, 35
MICROFICHE COPIES [OF] CORRESPONDENCE FILES INDEX, 1956–79
Canberra
This series consists of the control records for A463 and A1209 (see above).
Series: A8648
Quantity: 0.22 metres
Recorded by: 1956–79: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
ALPHABETICAL SUBJECT INDEX CARDS, A1209, CLASSIFIED CORRESPONDENCE FILES – ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES,1956–60
Canberra
This series consists of the control records for A1209.
Series: A9520
Quantity: 0.54 metres
Recorded by: 1956–60: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS, 1950–71
Canberra
This series of miscellaneous records contains only one item of relevance to the scope of this guide.
Series: AA1972/341
Quantity: 3.6 metres
Recorded by: 1950–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Photograph album commemorating the visit of Prime Minister Menzies to Indonesia, 1–7 December 1959 AA1972/341, 322
REFERENCE PAPERS, FOREIGN AID, 1972
Canberra
Series: AA1980/381
Quantity: 0.9 metres
Recorded by: 1972: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs (CA 716)
PAPERS OF THE COMMITTEE, 1961–71
Canberra
Series: AA1980/384
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1961–71: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs (1961–71: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs)
FOLDERS OF MATERIAL, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, 1970–83
Melbourne
Series: M455
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1970–83: The Hon. Anthony Austin Street (CP 203); 1969–72: Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs (CA 716); 1981–83: Department of Foreign Affairs (CA 1382)

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