2017 Schools' Competition Topics

Year 5

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 3 minutes; warning bell at 2 minutes.

Round 1: That cats are better than dogs. Give feedback
Round 2: That trampolines are a good exercise for children. Give feedback
Round 3: That Australian students should clean their classrooms like Japanese children. (see video link) Give feedback
Round 4: That we should change our state emblem. Give feedback
Round 5: That planes are better than trains. Give feedback

Year 6/7

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 3 minutes; warning bell at 2 minutes.

Round 1: That bottle flipping is a harmless craze. Give feedback
Round 2: That the ants should give food to the grasshopper (see link). Give feedback
Round 3: That we should give homework the heave-ho. Give feedback
Round 4: That being left home alone at 10 years is too young. Give feedback
Round 5: That the ban is a good idea (see link). Give feedback

Year 8

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 4 minutes; warning bell at 3 minutes.

Round 1: That we should increase fines for truancy. (see link) Give feedback
Round 2: That the council should change the signs. (see link) Give feedback
Round 3: That humans could survive a Zombie war. Give feedback
Round 4: That parking spaces for prams is unnecessary. Give feedback
Round 5: Topic TBA. Give feedback

Year 9

Rounds 1 to 4 are Prepared Debates.
Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.


Round 1: That doctors, nurses or midwives who promote antivax messages should be prosecuted. Give feedback
Round 2: That Hogwarts is an ideal school. Give feedback
Round 3: That driverless cars are a "wheely" bad idea. Give feedback
Round 4: That there should be more international support to stop Japan's whaling program Give feedback
Round 5: Topic TBA. Give feedback
One Card Debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.

Year 10

Rounds 1 to 3 are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Round 1: That the development of artificial intelligence is an unacceptable risk to humanity. Give feedback
Round 2: That Bob Dylan should not have been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Give feedback
Round 3: That the bakers should bake the cake for gays (see link) Give feedback
Round 4: Topic TBA. Give feedback
One Card Debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Round 5: Short Preparation Debate. Give feedback
The Short Preparation Topic will be released 90 minutes before the scheduled debate. View guidelines here
Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.

Senior

Round 1: That the Human Rights Commission should not have prosecuted Bill Leak. Give feedback
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 2: That the United Nations should be abolished. Give feedback
One card debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 3: That diversity undermines social cohesion. Give feedback
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 4: Short Preparation Debate. Give feedback
The Short Preparation Topic will be released 90 minutes before the scheduled debate. View guidelines here
Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Special Formats of Prepared Debates

Quodlibetical Topic

There are a number of issues that can’t be easily expressed in a one-line topic. Therefore you have been given a fictitious scenario, outlined by a few paragraphs, and a topic that is based on this scenario. The following should be noted:

1. The first speaker should not attempt to define the topic word for word, but rather should define the issue(s) or dilemma(s) that the topic presents.

2. It is this issue or dilemma that should be debated in an attempt to prove whichever side of the topic, i.e. feel free to debate the particular issue generally, but be sure to link it back to the topic as this is what you want to argue for or against.

3. There is no need for the first speaker to read out the initial paragraphs as the Chairman will do this before announcing the topic, however, any speaker may refer to these paragraphs as part of his/her argument.

4. Debaters are welcome and are encouraged to conduct further research on the issues presented but note that the scenario itself is often fictitious.

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