Veteran Wharfie Activist A Finalist In Australian Of The Year

Union elder Brian Manning a finalist for Australian of the Year

Brian Manning, one time Darwin Branch Secretary, waterside worker and long time activist for Aboriginal land rights and Timorese independence is a finalist for the territory's Australian of the Year Awards.

He stands besides winning recipients as follows:

Australian of the Year: Warwick Thornton, Producer/Director of Samson & Delilah
Senior Territorian: Alan Langworthy, Technological Innovator of renewable energy\ systems toprovide "city quality" power for remote communities
Young Australian:              Liam Jurrah, Wailpri Aboriginal from Yuendemu drafted to AFL
Local Hero:         Norma Higgins  Katherine Horticulturalist

Brian was nominated for the Senior Territorian.

He is still active in the union currently chairing the Darwin PortWelfare Committee.  But is best known for helping run an underground radio supporting the Timorese resistance to the Indonesian invasion in 1975 and the Gurindji strikers at Wattle Creek and Wave Hill in the sixties. Brian appeared in ABC documentaries of the strike commemorating the 40 year anniversary

1.  The Gurindji strikers at Wattie Creek led by Vincent Lingiari in 1967 - Possession and Batman's Treaty

Picture copyright Brian Manning Mon-Thur 10pm. Search the ABC ABC Home Radio Television News Your Local ABC More Subjects Shop Late Night Live. 14 Jul 2009

2.  Stateline Northern Territory

This year is the 40th anniversary of one of Australias most significant industrial actions the Wave Hill walk off In 1966 Aboriginal stockmen walked off the job and set up camp about 20 kilometres - 12 May 2006


4.  Message Stick - Ripples From Wave Hill Part 1

Message Stick is a half hour TV program about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lifestyles, culture and issues. It features profile stories, interviews, video clips, short films and cooking segments and provides a slot where special half hour Aborigina

Brian Manning also features in:

A few rough reds : stories of rank and file organising / edited by Hal Alexander and Phil Griffiths