2005 News Archive

MAD AGM – Generational Change

The MAD Annual General Meeting announced a bold new age in the club’s history. Tim Sonnreich, twice Australs best speaker, 3 times Australs winner, Worlds grand final adjudicator, past MAD president, AIDA life member and past AIDA secretary, in honour of his multiple debating achievements and inspiration to a generation of MADdies, was unanimously declared […]

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Enter MUDS BP Novice Cup now!

Following from the success of last year’s inaugural competition, MUDS are hosting a Novice BP Debating Competition. This is an event that aims to provide a chance to learn, improve and compete for all novices from Melbourne and Monash. The cross-uni nature of the day provides for more diverse competition than the internal comps could […]

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Melbourne Mini – MAD dominates again!

Since becoming the inaugural Melbourne Mini Champions, MAD has continually scorched through the Melbourne Mini and 2005 was no exception. For starters, congratulations must go to MAD’s Fiona Prowse, Michael Smith, Kylie Lane and Jake Clifton on contesting a star-studded grand final, taken out by Sydney University. The grand final adjudication panel featured MAD’s Tom […]

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MAD does Sydney Mini!

A small MAD contingent returned to Sydney Mini after several years without contesting the tournament. While the Sydney Mini was naturally a Sydney dominated tournament, with no Monash teams making the break, MAD certainly flew the flag high with Tom Chapman ranking as the 8th best speaker of the tournament, and Stephen Worcester breaking to […]

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British Parliamentary Debating – Starting this Monday

Since becoming the inaugural Melbourne Mini Champions, MAD has continually scorched through the Melbourne Mini and 2005 was no exception. For starters, congratulations must go to MAD’s Fiona Prowse, Michael Smith, Kylie Lane and Jake Clifton on contesting a star-studded grand final, taken out by Sydney University. The grand final adjudication panel featured MAD’s Tom […]

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MAD does Queensland Australs!

Since becoming the inaugural Melbourne Mini Champions, MAD has continually scorched through the Melbourne Mini and 2005 was no exception. For starters, congratulations must go to MAD’s Fiona Prowse, Michael Smith, Kylie Lane and Jake Clifton on contesting a star-studded grand final, taken out by Sydney University. The grand final adjudication panel featured MAD’s Tom […]

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Trade Or Aid for Developing Nations? Public Debate This Tuesday Aug 30!!!

Since becoming the inaugural Melbourne Mini Champions, MAD has continually scorched through the Melbourne Mini and 2005 was no exception. For starters, congratulations must go to MAD’s Fiona Prowse, Michael Smith, Kylie Lane and Jake Clifton on contesting a star-studded grand final, taken out by Sydney University. The grand final adjudication panel featured MAD’s Tom […]

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Apply for MAD’s Asia Tour

Over the past five years, either in the period immediately before Australs or Worlds, a number of MAD’s finest debaters and trainers have undertaken training at numerous universities across Asia as part of the MAD Asia tour. The 2005 MAD Executive would like to invite members to apply to be chosen as a MAD trainer […]

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MAD selects its squad for Worlds

Jake Clifton and Simin Kocdag will lead the charge as Monash A at Worlds 2006 in Dublin. Tim Jeffrie and Victor Finkel make up Monash B, and Dev Kevat and Fiona Prowse will be Monash C. Officially adjudicating for MAD will be Andrew Fitch, Roland Dillon and Paula Glynn, however with old hacks Kylie Lane, […]

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Worlds Trials

Trials for the 2006 Dublin Worlds will be held on Sunday September 18, from 10am. In order to trial, you must complete and return the trials form to the MAD email account. Registration for the tournament has been set at EUR 345, which converts to approximately AUD $558. Latest transfer rates are available at xe.com. […]

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Freehills Champions – Fiona and Fitch

Beating out a quality field, Fiona Prowse and Andrew Fitch claimed the Freehills Cup, 42 storeys up 101 Collins St in the offices of major MAD sponsors, Freehills Law Firm. Winning from closing opposition arguing against the UN abolishing the security council veto, Fi and Fitch knocked out opening opposition Sophia and Hayley, closing government […]

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Annual Party – Get Your Tickets Now

Tickets for MAD’s prestigious Annual Party are now on sale! Friday September 23 (Grand Final Eve) is when Cerone’s Bar in Malvern will play host to MAD’s last big social event of the year. Always classy, always entertaining and always steeped in just the right mixture of finger food and alcohol, Annual Party is an […]

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MAD Idol this Monday!

This Monday meeting, see the (wannabe) stars of MAD show off their talents in this year’s installment of MAD Idol! Over the past couple of years, MAD’s picked up far too many performing arts and music students, ensuring that enough people who believe they have some sort of talent will embarrass themselves for our amusement […]

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ADAM Success!

This Wednesday, May 11, the Melbourne University Debating Society is holding its annual public debate on the issue of "Abortion: Are We Failing Women?"  MAD strongly encourages its members to turn out in force for this event to be held on Wednesday at 6:30pm, in the University of Melbourne’s Law School Lecture Theatre 102. With […]

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Kylie Lane awarded life membership

In today’s Special General Meeting, long-time MAD member, reigning Australasian champion and World’s best speaker, Kylie Lane, was honoured fittingly with life membership of the Monash Association of Debaters.  President Jacob Clifton and long-time member Andrew Fitch spoke to the motion, which was passed unanimously by all present.  As an Australasian champion and World’s best […]

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MAD Mondays – Back for Semester 2!

MAD begins a whole new semester and a whole new style of debating! British Parliamentary (BP) debating dominates semester 2, with 15 minute prep times, points of information, 8 people and four teams in every debate, this whole new style is nothing like what you might have done at school! Make sure you come along […]

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Tim Sonnreich DCA of Worlds 2007!

MAD is set to continue to dominate the World University Debating Championships for many years to come. Following Kylie Lane being declared best speaker of Worlds 2005 and Michael Smith’s appointment as Deputy Chief Adjudicator of Worlds 2006, Tim Sonnreich has now been appointed by the UBC Organising Committee as a Deputy Chief Adjudicator of […]

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More Public Debate Details Confirmed

The Vice Chancellor’s Public Debate has a venue! Central One, in Building 63, will play host MAD’s annual event, setting the stage for a packed auditorium, hosting some amazing speakers. World Vision CEO Reverend Tim Costello heads the lineup of stars, which now includes Ms Kylie Lane, The Hon Bruce Billson MP and Dr Craig […]

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MUDS BP training day this Sunday

On Sunday August 14, Melbourne University Debating Society (MUDS) have kindly agreed to host a BP Training Day for all MUDS and MAD members. The focus of this day is for first years and other novices to gain valuable experience in BP debating in the leadup to internal competitions, Worlds trials and the Melbourne and […]

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Battle of the Sexes – Girls Win!

The Monash Grudge Match between teams 1 and 2 for Australs has been won by the underdogs, Monash 2, in a controversial 2-1 split decision. Jacob Clifton, Michael Stagg and stand-in Andrew Fitch proposed that there be equal prize money in sport, specifically tennis, however some believe things went awry when this argument was linked […]

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MAD-MUDS Sendoff Debate Night Venue Change

Contrary to previous reports, the MAD-MUDS Australs sendoff debate night will now be held at the Prince Alfred Hotel, not the DAV’s offices. In the final event before the Australasian debating championships, a Monash team made up of Jake Clifton, Fiona Prowse and Michael Stagg will take on Melbourne Uni’s finest in front of a […]

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Melbourne Uni wins send-off debate

Representing Monash, Jake Clifton, Fiona Prowse and Michael Stagg lost out to Melbourne Uni’s Sarah Kemeny, Jess Moir and Seamus Coleman in a bizarre split decision at the Australs sendoff debate, held at the Prince Alfred Hotel. A great crowd of MADdies and MUDSettes watched Melbourne successfully argue from the affirmative that the government should […]

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Freehills Final this week

After 2 fantastic semi finals, the final of the 2005 Freehills BP competition will be held this Monday at Freehills Offices in the city. In the “room of death”, top ranked Sim, Amit and Special Guest without the special guest, along with the MAD Idols were voted out, while in the other room the girls […]

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Monash Australs teams announced

Following a high standard stage 2 trails last Sunday, Monash’s line-up of teams for the upcoming Australasian Championships in Brisbane has been announced. Monash 1 – Jacob Clifton, Dev Kevat and Michael Stagg Monash 2 – Sarah Norman, Jasmine Moseley and Fiona Prowse Monash 3 – Sriram Rao, Roshena Dutta and Hayley Parkes Monash 4 […]

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ANU Womens News: Novice Cap and Rego Set

After much deliberation, ANU Women’s 2005 convenor Simone Gubler has announced that the novice rule introduced by MAD in 2004 will remain in place. An experienced person will be any woman who has either: (a) debated at 2 Australs, or (b) debated at 2 Worlds, or (c) broken at Worlds. Any team which doesn’t includes […]

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Call for MDR applications!

The Monash Association of Debaters is advertising for positions on the editorial board of the Monash Debating Review, MAD’s own debating journal. There are five positions on the board and we are inviting applications for those positions. It is not essential, but it is preferred that the applicants have some knowledge of word processing, and […]

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MAD-MUDS Sendoff Debate Night Announced

In the final event before the Australasian debating championships, Monash (Jake Clifton, Fiona Prowse and Michael Stagg) will take on Melbourne Uni in front of a (hopefully) large and boisterous crowd of hecklers and well-wishers at the DAV’s offices Prince Alfred Hotel on Wednesday June 26 at 6:30 pm. Click here for further info.

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Sorensen Final Won, Best Speakers Announced!

Sriram Rao, Prasanna Venkataraman and Ajay Kevat, in a clean sweep of the all-star adjudication panel, have comprehensively won the Martin Sorensen Cup for 2005. Arguing for each person to have their HIV status printed on all driving licences, the hardliners from Team JFK, Samuel Kastelan, Jacob Clifton and Fiona Prowse were gallant in defeat, […]

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MAD AGM – Vote Early, Vote Often

MAD’s form of democracy is far superior to Big Brother’s, because not only can you vote out housemates, you can also vote them in! Yes, it’s election time at MAD, and that means it’s time to elect a new executive, alter our constitution, nominate life members and jump through any other hoops C&S require us […]

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MAD’s End of Year Sendoff with Snags

Come celebrate another fantastic year of MAD, with a final sendoff BBQ next Monday outside Sports and Rec. 2005 has seen MAD attain a Worlds best speaker, absolutely dominate Perth Easters like MAD’s never done before, win the inaugural ADAM tournament and best speaker, laid the foundations for the future with strong performances from our […]

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Victoria defends its Women’s Trophy!

The Australian Womens Champions trophy MAD helped win in 2004 has been successfully defended from our northern rivals in 2005. MAD’s Chloe McCardel with Liz Sheargold won the tournament hosted by MAD in 2004, and this year sadly without Chloe, Liz teamed up with new partner Liz Ames to conquer ANU Womens 2005. MAD congratulates […]

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MAD rocks out Annual Party

MAD has successfully rounded off a massive year of socials with a superb annual party in Malvern. On Grand Final Eve, MADdies enjoyed Cerone’s Bar on Glenferrie Rd with ordinary members being joined by MUDSians and life members to ensure a diverse crowd enjoyed a fantastic night out. Congratulations to Lisa for organising this great […]

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MAD in Hong Kong!

MADðs President Jacob Clifton has just returned from training school debaters in Hong Kong. The ðSummer Workshopð was organized by the Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society (HKPDS) which is a made up of university students from Hong Kong University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Polytechnic University Hong Kong. In addition to Jake, three […]

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New Silvertongue editor, Fiona, calls for articles by Friday!

The MAD Exec is proud to announce the co-option of first-year Fiona Prowse to the MAD exec in a capacity as Silvertongue editor. Fiona and previous editor Chloe McCardel will work together to produce a bumper edition as soon as possible. The new Silvertongue will be published on August 15, hence the deadline for articles […]

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Register for Freehills Now!

MAD’s internal British Parliamentary Competition, the Freehills Cup, will begin next Monday night in the law building. Entry is open to teams and individuals, but entries must be in by THIS FRIDAY. Email your name, email, phone number and whether you’re registering as a team or individual to Intenal Comps Officer Staggy ASAP.

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Even Lower Rego for Womens IV – Find a Partner Now!

After some reconsideration, the MAD Executive has agreed to further sponsor women to go to the Australian Women’s IV to be held in Canberra this year. Registration for MAD debaters is now just $50, and adjudicators will be fully sponsored. There are plenty of women looking for partners to debate with, so if you’re interested […]

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Freehills Semi Finals draw announced

The finals of MAD’s premier (indeed, only) BP competition are to be held this coming Monday night (September 5) in the Law Building from 6pm. Participants have been notified and MAD looks forward to a great turn out, particularly for the much anticipated debate in the “room of death”. More details in the Coming Up […]

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Public Debate Goes Off!!!

Over 350 people packed out every available seat in the Central One lecture theatre this week to witness the 2005 Vice Chancellor’s Public Debate. The VC provides fantastic support for the club in many ways, and another example was a global email sent out to the Monash community which led to such a fantastic turnout. […]

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Silvertongue Editor Applications Called For

Due to the sad resignation of our Silvertongue Editor, we now have a vacancy to be filled on the Executive. The Executive is hence calling for applications for the position of Silvertongue Editor. Applications should be emailed to monash_debaters@hotmail.com, and applications close Monday 18 July at 5pm. The Executive will consider all applications immediately at […]

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