2019 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.
Round 2: That hot cross buns should be sold all year round.
Round 3: That monkey bars should be banned in schools and playgrounds.
Round 4: Topic TBA.
Round 5: Topic TBA.

Year 6/7

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

Round 1: That the reinstatement of corporal punishment by the school is a good idea. (see link)
Round 2: That banning the handing out of birthday invitations is going too far. (see link)
Round 3: Topic TBA.
Round 4: Topic TBA.
Round 5: Topic TBA.

Year 8

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

Round 1: That the Prime Minister should make a 'State of the Union' speech. (see link)
Round 2: That the ban to climb Ayer's Rock/Uluru should be overturned. (see link)
Round 3: Topic TBA.
Round 4: Topic TBA.
Round 5: Topic TBA.

Year 9

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


Round 1: That doctors should not tell patients who have low risk conditions that they have cancer. (See link)
Round 2: That parliamentary pensions should be scrapped.
Round 3: Topic TBA.
Round 4: Topic TBA.
Round 5: Topic TBA.
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 schools should punish students for skipping school to attend protests.
Round 2: That Assange's arrest criminalises truth-telling journalism (see link).
Round 3: Topic TBA.
Round 4: Topic TBA.
One Card Debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Round 5: Short Preparation Debate.
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 Halal and Kosher slaughter practices should end. (See link. Students are welcome and encouraged to conduct their own research)
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 2: That the IOC should not include transgender competitors. (IOC=International Olympic Committee)
One card debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 3: Topic TBA.
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 4: Short Preparation Debate.
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.