Herbert Vere Evatt, Minister for External Affairs in the postwar period (1941 – 1949), has been
labelled by his contemporaries, biographers and historians as an internationalist. He is most often
associated with playing a pivotal role in the formation of the UN, with advocating an independent
Australian foreign policy and with increasing Australia’s involvement in the Asia-Pacific region.
Evatt’s commitment to an internationalist framework was however, mitigated by his adhesion to a set
of political and legal ideologies that effectively undermined the vision he promulgated for the postwar