Welcome to the Monash Association of Debaters: the largest and most successful debating society in the Southern hemisphere. MAD has a rich history spanning over 50 years, and we are passionate about building on this legacy. Based at the Monash Clayton campus, MAD's 500+ members include the current and former World and Australasian Champions.

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End of Year News

It is almost the end of 2015 and what a year it has been! MAD congratulates all members for their hard work and devotion towards debating. After seeing success by way of reaching finals in highly competitive tournaments, in both debating and adjudicating prowess, we are proud of those who really uphold the principles of what it means to be a MADdie. Just a few announcements keep you in the loop:



The World Universities Debating Championship is returning for another year, promising high quality debates from the top representatives around the world! It will be held over New Year’s from the 27th of December to the 4th of January 2016. Flying in to the other side of the world to Macedonia University in Thessaloniki, Greece, here are MAD’s ambassadors:

Andrew Belyea-Tate
Thomas Stansfield

Andrew Elder
Beatrice Paull

Stephen Moore
Shara Teo

Liam Tomlinson
Amy Jack
Amy Gilbertson
Nikhil Puppala
Gen Li
Peter Vicary

We wish them all the best!
(Note: You will be able to follow a livestream of our debaters through our Twitter account)

Also, be on the lookout for the exclusive MAD Mini. This fun mash-up of traditional 3v3 style with POIs will surely start the debating year with a bang! We anticipate that it will be held in February, more information to be published on the MAD website and Facebook page. Stay tuned for our classic MAD Mini promo video!

MAD hopes that you all have a wonderful end of year holidays! We also can’t wait to see both new and familiar faces show up next year to kick off the debating season.


MAD Mini dates have been set for the 19th – 21st of February 2016. You may find out more info and follow any updates in the following link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/803058796469199/

In the meantime, enjoy this highly amusing promotional video:

Furthermore, our debaters have arrived in Greece! We hope that they have an exciting start to the WUDC!

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Mid Year Update



With Semester 1 in the books, a semester filled with exciting socials, fantastic debating and all-around general merriment, MAD would like to thank everyone who has been involved this semester. The executive feels that this semester has seen a significant new member base take an active role in Monday night and Wednesday Night training sessions, as well as tournaments, and feel that this has been a great success for the Club!

Importantly, MAD has sent an amazing contingent to SolBridge Australs in Deajeon, South Korea, with debates starting on July 17th. The full list of partcipants is as follows:

Beatrice Paull
Andrew Elder
Andrew Belyea-Tate
Molly Dale
Stephen Moore
Sam Scott
Tom Stansfield
Amy Jack
Nikhil Puppala
Ambika Wakhlu
Reece Hooker
Amy Gilbertson
Shara Teo
Wallace Huang
Keefe Chan
Britt Jeffs
Sameer Sharma
Liam Tomlinson
Gen Trinh
Alex Lawrence
Peter Vicary

Freya Rich, Rohan Waring (ind.), Vidya Datta, Hayley Sorel, Ovindu Rajasinghe, Sarah Christie

The Executive wishes them the best of luck for the tournament, and for those who would like to follow their progress throughout the tournament, results will be posted on the MAD twitter account.

Hope to see everyone in Semester 2!

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A New Year!

Welcome Back MAD website

As the university year gets back into the swing of things, so does the Monash Association of Debaters!

We like to offer a  big welcome for this year’s Executive, including the illustrious Andrew Elder as President and the industrious Andrew “BLT” Belyea-Tate as Vice-President.

Our Monday night sessions are starting back up, 5pm in the Law basement and 5pm on  a Wednesday in the MAD Office. Additionally, we will be running the Novice program for the second year, which aims to cater for all novices who come by the club, s.

Things to look out for in the first semester are; the Easters sign up form, DAV Presidents Cup and Commencement Drinks!

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