THE FINAL STRUGGLE
There is no record in the National Archives of Australia or in Billy Hughes’s papers of coded intelligence reports from Australia’s man in Peking. Nor does Morrison record any such activity in his diaries, although from mid-1918 there are great gaps in his usually meticulous diarising as his health became more troublesome. But it is quite clear that by the time the war ended and Hughes set out for the Peace Conference in Versailles he had totally adopted Morrison’s warnings about the dangers of an expansionary Japan.
Ironically, it would be Hughes’s virulent antiJapanese stance that would undermine China’s plea to the Conference for surcease from its neighbour’s aggressive intrusions. And Morrison would spend his lifeblood in the struggle.