2014 Grand Finals at Parliament House

On Saturday 20th September 2014, the Grand Finals of the 2014 Schools’ Competition were held in The House of Assembly Chamber of Parliament House. Each debate began with a welcome from the Chairman of the Board of Debating SA, Mr Tony Houey.

Year 8

The day began with the Year 8 division debate at 10:00am with the Year 8s debating the topic “That Australia should not buy Japanese built Soryu class submarines.” The debate between affimative Glenunga International High School and Rostrevor College saw Glenunga International High School emerge victorious.

Year 8 winning team from Glenunga International High School.

Year 9

The Year 9 debate followed at 11:00am with Pembroke School debating Prince Alfred College on “That genetically engineered babies should be prohibited.” Pembroke School were the winners.

Year 9 winning team from Pembroke School.

Year 10

At 12:00pm the Year 10 debate between the affirmative Unley High School and Pulteney Grammar School began. The topic was “That the UN must intervene in Syria.”

The Pulteney team emerged victorious.

Year 10 winning team from Pulteney Grammar School.


The Senior division debate began at 2:00pm with Pulteney Grammar School debating Sacred Heart College. The topic was “That Putin is a Problem.”

Pulteney Grammar School were the winners.

Senior winning team from Pulteney Grammar School.


The final debate of the day was the Open division debate at 3:30pm was on the topic “That churches should pay tax.”

Both sides of Glenunga International High School and St Aloysius College both presented excellent cases but the Glenunga team case proved too strong.

Open winning team from Glenunga International High School.

Special Thanks

Debating SA would like to thank Mr Chris Picton MP, Member for Kaurna for his support in securing the The House of Assembly Chamber.

Our thanks to the adjudicators for their expertise and all others who made the Grand Final such a special event.