2018 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 teachers should not give lollies to students as a reward.
Round 3: That analog clocks have no place in schools.
Round 4: That there should be a speed restriction and license for the drivers of mobility scooters.
Round 5: That it is better to be an only child.

Year 6/7

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

Round 1: That Australian Primary School students should cook and serve lunch. (see link)
Round 2: That see-through bins are a good idea (see link).
Round 3: That schools should discourage best friends.
Round 4: That the Cooper's Hill cheese roll should be banned.
Round 5: That children should be weighed at school.
Semi Final: That cloth nappies are better than disposable nappies.
Prepared Debate. Arrive 30 minutes before for team photos. Speeches of 3 minutes; warning bell at 2 minutes.

Grand Final: That the reinstatement of corporal punishment by the school is a good idea. (see link)

Year 8

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

Round 1: That 'how to vote' cards should be banned.
Round 2: That free-range and organic eggs aren't all they're cracked up to be.
Round 3: That the proposal by the Strathfield Council for signage in English is a good idea.
Round 4: That it would be foolish to recreate Dinosaurs. (see link)
Round 5: That plastic straws should be banned.

Quarter Final: That parking spaces for prams is unnecessary.
Prepared Debate. Arrive 30 minutes before for team photos. Speeches of 4 minutes; warning bell at 3 minutes.

Semi Final: That electric cars in Australia should not be exempt from fuel excise tax.
Grand Final: That Serena Williams crossed the line in the US Open.

Year 9

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


Round 1: That Hogwarts is an ideal school.
Round 2: That we need "free-range" parenting in Australia.
Round 3: That the 'missing' Commonwealth Games athletes need to be deported.
Round 4: That deregulated trading hours will hurt South Australians.
Round 5: That vampires are better than werewolves.
One Card Debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.

Quarter Final: That the Iditarod Trail Sled dog race should be permanently cancelled.
Prepared Debate. Arrive 30 minutes before for team photos. Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.

Semi Final: That doctors should not tell patients who have low risk conditions that they have cancer. (See link)
Grand Final: That Harper should be suspended. (see link. Teams are encouraged to conduct their own further research).

Year 10

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

Round 1: That the precogs should have always been free. Students to watch movie Minority Report (2002).
Round 2: That the voting age in Australia should be lowered to 16 years.
Round 3: That government policies should allow for more Indigenous children to be adopted.
Round 4: That the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum should be returned to Greece.
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.

Quarter Final: That Turnbull should stay in Parliament until the next election.
Prepared Debate. Arrive 30 minutes before for team photos. Note that the tense of the topic may change depending on news events. Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Semi Final: That pepper spray in South Australia should no longer be a prohibited substance.
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Grand Final: That the SA Government should butt out of changing the laws for vaping.
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Senior


Round 1: That 'hard' Brexit is preferable to 'soft' Brexit.
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 2: That the parents of Alfie Evans should have had control over his medical treatment.
One card debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 3: That relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem was the right move.
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.

Quarter Final: That we should "unfriend" Facebook.
Prepared Debate. Arrive 30 minutes before for team photos. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Semi Final: That the Victoria Police should not have billed the organisers of the Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux Tour in Australia for policing their event in Melbourne.
Prepared debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Grand Final: That ABC Television is a waste of taxpayers' money.
Prepared debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 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.