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The Sinking of HMAS Sydney: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records


4 The Discussions of the War Cabinet and the Advisory War Council

The records of the War Cabinet and the Advisory War Council provide an important and unique insight into the discussions of these inner Cabinet bodies through the records of the official note-takers. These notebooks were first released for public access in 1994. Cabinet notebooks are the only Commonwealth government records which remain subject to a 50-year closed period.

The notebooks contain much information which does not appear in the formal War Cabinet and Advisory War Council minutes, and in many instances reveal the comments and reactions of the Prime Minister and individual Ministers during War Cabinet and Advisory War Council meetings in which the loss of the Sydney was discussed. The notebooks complement the formal minute and agenda papers, which have long been available for public access.


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Chapter 4
The Discussions of the War Cabinet and the Advisory War Council