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Brian Manning

Brian Manning was born in South-East country Queensland and arrived in the Northern Territory in 1956 where he has worked variously as a carpenter, builder, airport fireman, club manager, steel erector, stock worker, rice farmer, wharfie and union official until retirement in 2002. During that time he has also been a political activist in the area of social justice and human rights.

Brian was a co-founder of the Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal Rights in 1961, an Aboriginal lobby group which was involved in sustaining the Gurindji people during their walk off Wave Hill Station in 1966 and delivered the 6th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture on the 36th anniversary of the walk-off in 2002.

Brian actively opposed Australia's continued implementation of the White Australia policy in action in 1960's to stop the deportation of indentured labour from the pearling industry after working more than a decade here. He is in favour of a multi-cultural Australia, has many Moslem, Jewish and Christian friends and is an unapologetic atheist.

Following the invasion of East Timor by indonesian forces, Brian assisted in maintaining radio communications by the East Timorese Independence fighters with their external mission in the outside world despite continuing efforts to close down the contact.

Although Brian's family have four generations of service history in defence of our freedoms, he has opposed our involvement in both the Vietnam and Iraq wars.
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