Rod Schneider is an experienced grass roots advocate having been heavily involved in numerous single-issue campaigns. Notably, he helped mobilise thousands of people to join the No Curfew campaign which used social media to connect and organise.
The Queensland Labor government had implemented 2am lockout laws and bans on shots and “other rapid consumption drinks”. Many people saw this as forceful control of their right to enjoy themselves. Protest rallies followed in Fortitude Valley, other Brisbane locations, Surfers Paradise and Airlie Beach which helped generate impressive traditional media coverage. Under pressure from protest groups such as No Curfew and evidence suggesting little benefit was derived from lockout laws, Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk folded and significantly watered down the restrictive legislation.
Rod will recount his experience in grass roots campaigning and share insights into what makes for a successful campaign.
Rod holds degrees in Business and Commerce, works in finance, and is a member of the AFA having previously served on various committees. He has been a regular commentator on Triple J’s current affairs programme Hack. Rod volunteers his time for the Australian Institute for Progress and the Australian Taxpayers Alliance. He’s been involved in a number of single issue grass roots campaigns, most
Rod also volunteers his time for the Australian Institute for Progress and the Australian Taxpayers Alliance. He’s been involved in a number of single issue grass roots campaigns, most notably railing against nanny state lock out laws.