2013 News Archive

Herbert Smith Freehills Grand-Final

Herbert Smith Freehills Grand Final

After three gruelling weeks of competition, the Grand Final of the Herbert Smith Freehills BP tournament was held on Wednesday October 16th in H4 Lecture Theatre at Clayton Campus.

We had a great turn out to watch some of MAD’s strongest debaters battle it out to win our premier British Parliamentary tournament. Progressing from Monday’s semi finals were:

Opening Government: Andrew Elder, Britt Jeffs & Sam Scott
Opening Opposition: Gemma Buckley & James Beavis
Closing Government: Keefe Chan & Tom Stansfield
Closing Opposition: Madeline Schultz & Beatrice Paull
Adjudicators: Melissa Matteo, Katie Heading and Lynton Gunn

Herbert Smith Freehills Grand Final

James Beavis whom, with Gemma Buckley, has won the 2013 Herbert Smith Freehills Grand Final pictured with chair of the adjudication panel Melissa Matteo

Speaking against the motion: “That the United States should actively prevent a power sharing arrangement between Karzi and the Taliban” the tournament champions were Gemma Buckley and James Beavis. James and Gemma will be debating together again as Monash A at the World Championships this December.

Also announced on the night was Best Speaker Madeline Schultz, Best Novice Sam Whitney and the top 10 speakers, listed below.

Congratulations to all who participated in the tournament and the club extends a big thanks to Katie Heading for an excellent year of internals.

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Worlds Contingent Announced

After a gruelling two days of trials we’re extremely excited to announce our contingent for the 2014 World University Debating Championships. We’ll be sending one our largest Worlds contingents to defend our title in Chennai this December. A massive thank you to debate triallers Viv Jones and Tim Mooney and adjudication examiner Gemma Buckley for generously giving up their time this weekend.

2014 Worlds Contingent

Monash A: James Beavis and Gemma Buckley
Monash B: Nisha Dutta and Beatrice Paull
NEW! Monash C: Andrew Gaulke and Tom Stansfield NEW!


Bec Lew
Tom Stansfield
Andrew Gaulke
Swetha Prabhakaran
Andrew Belyea-Tate
Keefe Chan
NEW! Sameema Nelofur NEW!
NEW! Sruthi Chandrashekar NEW!
Madeline Schultz (Independent)
Nicole Franklin (Independent)
Mel Matteo (Independent)
Bec Irvine (Independent)
Andrew Elder (Independent)

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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Candidate statements now available here.
Meeting agenda now available here.

This Monday September 16th we’re very excited to be hosting our Annual General Meeting and 2014 Executive elections this year. This is your chance to elect (or even run) for the Exec and celebrate this year’s progress.

If you’re unable to make it to the meeting we’d love you to submit a proxy to vote on your behalf. This not only lets you have your say but also helps us make quorum (a vital and difficult requirement). Submit your proxy here.

Annual General Meeting of the Monash Association of Debaters
Monday 16th September 2013
Engineering Hall 4, Building 60, Clayton

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2014 Executive Committee Announced

Democracy has prevailed once again and we’re extremely excited to announce the 2014 Executive Committee, elected at our AGM this afternoon. Thank you to everyone that attended to cast their vote and most importantly to everyone that ran. To have 17 people contesting 7 MWOP positions is huge and really exciting for the future of the club. Declared elected were:

President: Sam Whitney

Vice-President: Melissa Matteo

Treasurer: Andrew Elder

Secretary: Swetha Prabhakaran

Assistant Treasurer: Nathan Steinkoler

IT Officer: Stephen Moore

Members Without Portfolio: Keefe Chan, Liam Tomlinson, Nisha Dutta, Rebecca Lew, Sasha Lytas, Shara Teo and Tom Hvala

Life Membership Awarded to Kiran Iyer

Kiran Iyer

It is also our absolute pleasure to announce that the AGM conferred Life Membership upon MAD Alumni Kiran Iyer. Kiran joins just 18 other members over the MAD’s 50 year to receive this honour in recognition not only of their amazing success as debaters but their exemplary service to the club.

The nomination speeches may be viewed below and the transcripts will be posted shortly.

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Monash Returns from Women’s

2013 Women's Contingent

The lovely ladies of Monash have had another fantastically successful year at the Australasian Women’s Debating Championships. Sending another huge contingent to UNSW we were thrilled to have three teams break to the Quarters and three adjudicators watch finals. Ten of our fifteen debaters ranked in the top 50 speakers and all saw huge developments over the weekend. A big thank you to our hosts UNSW and our fearless contingent leader Nisha Dutta.

Breaking to Quarter Finals:

Monash 1: Katie Heading and Ambika Wahklu
Monash 4: Meredith Prior and Britt Jeffs
Monash 5: Melissa Matteo and Beatrice Duong

Breaking adjudicators:

Gemma Buckley (Deputy Chief Adjudicator), Nisha Dutta (Grand Finals) and Rebecca Lew (Semi Finals)

View the full contingent results here.

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2013 Vice Chancellor’s Public Debate

2013 Vice Chancellor's Public Debate

Throughout the last term of federal parliament, journalists, social commentators and members of the public alike have decried the quality of political debate in this country. But has the quality of political discourse really been steadily deteriorating over time, or are there merits to be salvaged from our current political environment?

The Monash Association of Debaters has the great pleasure of inviting you to the 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Public Debate.

Join us two days before the federal election to hear six public figures including Janet Rice, Jo Scard, James Button, Dr Nick Economou and Dr Liz Conor debate this timely topic.

Entry is free and all details can be found on the Facebook event.

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2013 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Meeeting agenda now available here.

This Monday September 16th we’re very excited to be hosting our Annual General Meeting and 2014 Executive elections this year. This is your chance to elect (or even run) for the Exec and celebrate this year’s progress.

If you’re unable to make it to the meeting we’d love you to submit a proxy to vote on your behalf. This not only lets you have your say but also helps us make quorum (a vital and difficult requirement). Submit your proxy here.

Annual General Meeting of the Monash Association of Debaters
Monday 16th September 2013
Engineering Hall 4, Building 60, Clayton

Election of the 2014 Executive

The following positions will be elected at this meeting:

Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
IT Officer
Seven Members Without Portfolio (MWOPs)

In previous years MWOPs have been assigned positions including: Socials, Externals, Internals, Schools Training, Member Training and Sponsorship.

To find out more about any of these positions you’re strongly encouraged to contact the current office holder.

Voting and Running

Any Clayton based student who has been a member of the club for 10 days prior to the meeting is eligible, and strongly encouraged, to run for any position on the executive and vote at the meeting.

To run for a position you may be nominated by two other voting members at the meeting (no advance notice is required). If more than one person is running for a position there will be a secret ballot and each candidate will have the chance to present a brief speech.

Candidates for all positions are also encouraged to submit a short candidate statement that will be distributed in Tastebud however this is not required to run for a position on the day.

Maximum speaking times and word lengths for optional candidate statements.

The election of positions will be in the order listed.

President 5 Minutes 500 Words
Vice President 3 Minutes 300 Words
Treasurer 3 Minutes 300 Words
Secretary 3 Minutes 300 Words
Assistant Treasurer 2 Minutes 200 Words
IT Officer 2 Minutes 200 Words
Members without Portfolio 2 Minutes 200 Words

Sam Scott has been appointed Returning Officer for this election by the Executive, please contact him if you have any questions.


If you are unable to attend the meeting you’re strongly encouraged to submit a proxy to vote on your behalf. This is extremely important because it allows you to have your say over important club decisions and helps the meeting make quorum.

Any voting club member may hold the proxy of one other eligible member. To proxy your vote please email your name plus the name of your proxy (you may list more than one preference) to the Returning Officer by 12pm the day of the meeting. If you cannot find someone to hold your vote, Sam will happily find someone for you so please be in touch.

Agenda and other meeting business

To place an item on the agenda to be discussed at the meeting please send your agenda item(s) to the Secretary at least two days prior to the meeting. If you wish to propose a constitutional amendment this requires additional procedures detailed in the Club Constitution.

Candidate Statements

The following are statements submitted by members seeking to run for positions at the 2013 Annual General Meeting. Please note you’re not required to submit a candidate statement in order to run for a positions on the executive.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Returning Officer Sam Scott.

Sam Whitney

Sam has a six point plan for MAD next year but he can’t remember it. Sam was created by a group of curly haired mad scientists long before any of you were born. He had a blood feud with Beavis before it was cool, knew Victor Finkel when he was straight and has alienated at least three of Stephen’s former lovers. He remembers when hashtags were just part of a McDonald’s breakfast and filters were things made out of old Metcards, now he wants you to let him run the club.

A technical error designated him the ‘looks’ of the smarts and looks MelMat/Swhitney ticket but next year he promises an amazing club. Priorities include capitalising on a local Easters to bring in large group of first years, using our resources to fund increased participation by less experienced debaters and at smaller tournaments. He’ll revamp member training to keep it engaging throughout the entire semester and aim to curb the steady drop off rate by focusing on retaining 2nd/3rd year members. He’ll prioritise social events while not relying on alcohol in lieu of interesting activities (he reluctantly accepts what works for him doesn’t work for everyone else).

Sam’s dedication to MAD has involved him settling down with the MADdie he met at his first social (she’s also quite attractive) and his political manoeuvring was exemplified by then slowly edging her out of the club. He has served as club Treasurer over two years, that oversaw a 30,000% increase in funds retention, before tackling the MAD website as Webmaster overseeing an upgrade of the site to at least 2005 standards. Sam has Deputy Convened the first MAD Mini, edited Lot’s Wife, served the Organising Committee at Monash Australs, managed the Monash Debating Review and hopes becoming President will destroy the final horcrux allowing him to finally leave this university.

Sam asks you to vote for change you can believe in and also him.


Melissa Matteo

What Sam lacks in brains, brawn and boobs – Mel makes up for. As one of the more senior members of the club (read: old) she’s been around the traps for a awhile. Certainly, long enough to know how things work and how to run a tight ship.

Mel’s strengths include biceps, triceps and glutes. She is a proven leader, committed to the club and determined to make 2014 MAD’s best year yet. Having previously served as Publications officer, currently as Secretary, Socials Director of Monash Australs 2009 and Women’s 2011, as well as unofficial Easters Fun Commissioner, she’s really good at organising things and has been heavily involved in the Club.

Keen on balancing out Sam’s ‘keeping teams even and fair’ concerns with her own ‘I want to win shit’ concerns, Mel wants to encourage and enable all Maddies to debate to the best of their best abilities, have the opportunity to go to as many tournaments as possible and enjoy themselves. 

Priorities for next year include:

  1. Ensuring that Monash Easters is a giant success
  2. Achieving higher rates of novice retention
  3. Making member training is informative, educational and consistent
  4. Ensuring exec member feels supported in their role
  5. Winning shit

Please vote for her 🙂


Andrew Elder

I sat down for some good old fashioned introspection the other day and came to a disturbing realisation. I came to Monash in the summer of 2012 a bit scared of what I’d seen and heard of university debating, and had no intention of getting involved in this weird club called MAD. Unfortunately for me, just attending Easters turned into just adjudicating ADAM turned into just partying at Australs into just a trip to ANU into staying up at night to watch Beavis of all people debate at Worlds. Against my best interests I’ve become a MAD tragic and now I feel the need to give back to the club that I’ve gotten a lot out of. More specifically, I think I’m best suited to be the treasurer for a couple of reasons. I’ve got mad sick skills at both mathematics and excel and have no hesitation in attacking people to receive receipts – these are things I’ve judged as important from past treasurers. I’m organised and diligent, so people can be sure that things will be done on time. If elected, I would ensure that all audit related organisation is completed monthly, so there doesn’t have to be a slipshod job done at the last minute. Finally, and as I’ve alluded to, I’m committed to the club and you can be sure that I’ll be at executive meetings, at tournaments, at Monday trainings and just generally available to get things done. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to come and ask me!


Swetha Prabhakaran

I would like to run for the position of Secretary. I’ve held the position of Secretary on a variety of different execs, both during my university years and at school, which have equipped with relevant experience in this portfolio. In particular, my previous roles have not only inculcated me with the skills for the job, but have also imbued with pertinent knowledge of executive structure. This position involves much liasoning, organising and collating, all of which I strangely enjoy doing. I am well-organised, and enjoy being on top of things, and would dedicate the necessary time to ensure that I do my tasks in a timely manner. To this end, I have chosen to contribute to the Easters 2014 logistics team, and look forward to being part of a well-run tournament. I’m passionate about MAD, and my sustained involvement in the club from the beginning is testament to that. Be it socials, or internal or external competitions, I enjoy attending them all, and am around almost every week at training. By nature, I’m fairly friendly and easy-going, and am used to working in tandem with others on executives. In terms of commitment, I understand the core components of the Secretarial portfolio, from conversations with previous office-bearers, and am certain that I can balance these with my academic load by efficient time management and prioritising. It will be an honour to be involved and I will definitely use this opportunity well by putting in more than the required time, effort and enthusiasm!


Nathan Steinkoler

Hi, I’m Nathan Steinkoler. You may know me from MAD Soccer, MAD Cricket, a whole stack of socials and (hopefully not) my actual debating. With your help I’d like to give something back to this great club that has done so much for me. I think the most important thing for the Assistant Treasurer is the ability to work cooperatively and loyally with the Treasurer and other Executive members, ensuring the Executive can fulfil its objectives. I stand ready to assume all the tasks the Treasurer, and any other Executive members, wish to delegate to me and to participate fully in Executive meetings and MAD events. For what it’s worth, the political philosophy I bring to the position is the same as former Treasurer Wayne Swan’s: what would Bruce Springsteen do?

In the spirit of my favourite movie: help me to help you MAD, because I’ve got manners, I’ll show you the money and I’m all heart. #sorrynotsorry


Britt Jeffs

I’m Britt Jeffs and I will be running for an MWOP position. Despite being a first year I think I’ve shown great commitment to MAD this year, attending most Monday nights and competing in many intervarsity tournaments such as Easters, ADAM, Australs, ANU Spring and later this month, Women’s. I have leadership experience as President of the Student Council in High School, and have a wide range of organisational and administration skills obtained from working full time last year in my GAP Year. I was assistant events coordinator at a high school and thus hope to obtain the position of Social Officer as I feel I could make a great contribution in this role and plan some super fun and flawlessly executed events for 2014. That said, I think I could be equally valuable in roles such as Schools training (from my experience as a coach) or Sponsorship. For those who don’t know me I’m really approachable and if successful will aim to be a committee member that is receptive to different ideas and inputs from other members of the Club.

Bec Lew

My name’s Bec and I’m a fourth year MADdie. I’ve been part of two previous MAD execs as Socials Officer and Secretary and I’m running for an MWOP position in 2014. I’d be happy to take up pretty much any job as a MWOP but I’m particularly interested in Externals or acting as a Monash Liason/Sponsorship Officer.

Acting as Monash Liaison I would continue the tradition of Public Debate, but aim to further enhance MAD’s campus presence through smaller debates, involvement in charity drives and BBQs. I feel this is important in demonstrating our value to the University, our biggest and most important sponsor.

As Externals officer I would focus on supporting first years and novices that don’t gain an Easters team spot by making them feel included during Easters practice, and by providing them with a chance to debate with an experienced person at another tournament.

I am a passionate MADdie who watches Australs debates when holidaying in Turkey and who cried with happiness even when Beavis won Worlds. I love the club and I will work hard to make it a place that is both fun and supports the making of great debaters in 2014.

Alex Dehn

My name is Alex Dehn, and I’m running for an MWOP position this election. I’m particularly interested in increasing the culture of debating amongst incoming younger member. MAD is a wonderful club, and I love being a part of it, but it can be difficult for younger members coming in who are not established debaters to engage in the culture of the club. This is particularly true for those who were, like I was, unable to attend Easters.

I would prefer to be First Year Rep or Schools Officer. I think MAD loses out on a lot of possible club members through poor experiences in school debating. If we can increase the awareness and enjoyment of debating in schools, then we create a stronger base as a club for the future.

Regardless of whether I am elected to either of those positions in particular, I think I would be a good member of the MAD executive. I’ve had a lot of leadership experience over the last two years, both at school and working last year. I’m excited about being involved in leading the club; building and shaping us for further years of great success.

Sasha Lytas

MAD is a club and a community which I’m very proud to be apart of. I think we do many things well, but can always strive to do better. I’m super excited about a Whitney presidency which I think will provide a fresh opportunity to make positive changes which I would love to be apart of. My focus for being on the Exec and running for externals officer would be to prioritise recruiting and retaining members by providing a fun and supportive environment. I think I’ve got the commitment, mama duck skills and friendliness to be an excellent exec member and would particularly like to take on the externals officer role in a year where there is a big scope for driving participation (due to a home Easters and closer and affordable Australs and Worlds). I would hope to do this by implementing a more structured, supportive and sponsored externals system which builds on the tradition we already have of having experience members debating in Pro-Am teams. As a result, we would be able to provide an Easters style experience at both Easters and other tournaments that would support a minimum of 50 new novices in the club.

Tom Hvala

I’m running for Schools/First Year Rep on the exec for a few different reasons. The first is because I would like to be further involved in MAD to help run the organisation and further my own debating knowledge. Also, I have a lot of experience in communications with schools. I have coached debating at DAV level at Sienna and Scotch. Hence, I know the ideal requirements and commitments schools look for in coaches. I understand the interests of student coaches. From this, I would be a strong candidate to do the job efficiently and well. I am organised and am able to communicate well with both students and schools.

I am also interested in being the First Year Rep. Having taken a gap year, internally transferred and joined MAD this year, I understand the concerns first years often have with debating and university. I would be a great help to both first years and current members, ensuring unity in the association. In addition to what has already been established, I could organise more first-year based activities to assist with the transition from high-school to uni debating and lifestyle.

Liam Tomlinson

G’day guys! At the upcoming AGM I’m planning on running for an MWOP position. I’m running for this because I really want to increase my involvement in the Club and to bring some of my input to the MAD executive. In terms of my current involvement at the club, I was a member of this years Easters contingent, was part of Monash 7 for this year’s Australs in Malaysia, as well as in Monash teams at ADAM and ANU Spring. I’m also a regular attendee at Member training, so a relatively familiar face.

What do I think I would bring to the Exec? I’d like to think that I could bring a reasonable and measured opinion, organizational skills and more than anything else, an enthusiasm for the club and debating. In terms of what position I’d like to be in next year, my preference is Sponsorship officer, something that I’d be really enthusiastic about, and bring my organizational and salesmanship skills to. However, I would be more than open to being First Year or School’s officer on next year’s executive. Hopefully I can represent you all well on the next executive!

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New Secretary

We’re very excited to announce that Melissa Matteo was elected Secretary of the Monash Association of Debaters at our most recent EGM, we reckon she’s pretty swell!

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Welcome to Semester Two!

We hope all members had a safe and relaxing holiday and can’t wait to launch into another semester of debating action. This term we welcome a new format of debates and will be running introductory and advanced training sessions for the British Parliamentary style followed by the Pro/Am our first internal debate tournament (see sidebar).

Our calendar is jam packed with mini BP tournaments in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne over the next month, an exciting trampoline based First Year Fun Night and the illustrious Australian Women’s Debating Championships.

As always we meet every Monday from 5pm in the Law Basement to train, debate and imbibe in our famous free pizza. We hope all members, new and old, will join us!

If you have any questions about the above or anything debating related please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Australs Contingent Returns

After a gruelling and excellent 10 days, the MAD Australs contingent has returned from Malaysia. We’re pleased to report excellent results for all teams and adjudicators. Smashing their way through to the Quarter Finals Monash 1 and 2 had narrow losses to ANU 1 and Sydney 2 respectively. This was an unbelievable effort by both teams.

Adjudicators Matthew Guy, Madeline Schultz and Gemma Buckley were all selected to adjudicate through to the Quarters so far and Nikhil Puppala was selected to watch the Pre-octos and Madeline Schultz proceeded all the way to the Grand Final.

The rest of our teams performed phenomenally with 6 in contention to break and all 7 winning the majority of their debates! A huge achievement for one of our youngest ever contingents!

We thank everyone back home for all their amazing support it truly means so much to all of us. Videos from finals will be posted shortly.

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Monash Debating Review 2013 – Call for Associate Editors

The Monash Association of Debaters is extremely pleased to announce the Mary Nugent has been appointed as the Editor in Chief of the 2013 Monash Debating Review. Mary brings to the review an enviable track record as a debater and adjudicator as well as extensive networks in Europe and the United States. We’re very excited to see the direction she’ll take the worlds most highly regarded peer-reviewed debating journal.

Applications for Associate Editors now open

The Monash Debating Review is looking for Associate Editors! This presents an exciting opportunity for experienced debaters, adjudicators and coaches to get involved in the publication of a peer-reviewed journal. In addition to the resume experience, this is your chance to help shape important conversations about debating. Details about the journal, the positions, and applications can be found here.

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Women’s 2013 Adjudication Core

MAD would like to congratulate Monash’s own Gemma Buckley who has just been named one of the Deputy Chief Adjudicators for the upcoming Australasian Women’s Debating Championships. This is another feather in the cap for the former MAD President and 2014 Easters Chief Adjudicator. Gemma’s excited to join the adjudication core and can’t wait to work alongside Kristen Price and CA Angela Kintominas this September.

More details about the tournament can be found on the tournament website. Details about the Monash contingent, including trials and sponsorship, will be made available early next semester.

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Martin Sorensen Memorial Competition

After three weeks of gruelling rounds the Martin Sorensen Memorial Competition drew to a close with a hard fought finals series. Breaking to the semis were Tom Hvala has a mature age friend featuring Nisha Dutta, Sasha Lytas, Gen Trinh and Tom Hvala and Two Beatrices, no time for Stephen starring Beatrice Paull, Beatrice Duong and Stephen Moore.

Making it through to the Grand Final were Use your face (and other parts) responsibly featuring Gemma Buckley, Katy Moore and Sam Scott who narrowly lost a tense final to the 2013 Martin Sorensen Champions Britt Jeffs, Luke McGreevy and Sam Whitney of team We’re Already Naked.

Speaker Prizes were claimed by Britt Jeffs (Best Novice), (Best Intermediate), (Overall Best)

Former Worlds and Australs Champion and Life Member Amit Golder delivered the annual Memorial Oration and it was fantastic to see Martin’s story and values passed onto the next generation of MADdies.

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Ordinary General Meeting

Don’t let the name fool you, MAD’s very exciting first general meeting for the year will be held next Monday May 13th at 5pm (further details have gone out in Tastebud prior). We require over 50 members to make quorum and thus are encourgaging all MADdies to attend and have their say on the club’s management.

If you cannot attend the OGM, the Executive urges you to submit a proxy to vote on your behalf, not only does this help the club make quorum, but allows you to have your say as well.

Procedure for Proxies
Any ordinary club member (Clayton student) can hold a proxy for one other club member. You may nominate your proxy either by emailing the Club Secretary or by completing the online Proxy Request Form. We kindly suggest that, as a member can only hold one proxy at a time, you check in advance with the person you are providing a proxy to or provide a list of alternatives. If you cannot find someone to hold your proxy, we’re happy to help by providing a matching service (maybe a dinner date to follow?) and this can ba arranged by emailing the Club Secretary.

MAD thanks you for your assistance in helping fufill this vital club function.

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Australs Trials Round Two

Congratulations to everyone who completed round one of trials on Sunday; the standard was set incredibly high. Round two will be held this Saturday, participants will be emailed the draw in advance. For any questions regarding trials please contact Nisha.

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Monash Contingent returns from Griffith Easters

Photo by Amelia Kearney

Another massive tournament for MAD

Monash once again has returned a stellar result at the 2013 Australian Novice Intervarsity Debating Championships.

Sending a whopping 11 teams and over 10 adjudicators MAD was once again one of the largest contingents represented and saw amazing development in our new debaters and seasoned team leaders alike. With five teams in contention to break a tense Championship Dinner turned to riotous celebration as Monash 5: Britt Jeffs and Jacqui Duong led by Beatrice Paull, advanced to the Octofinals along with adjudicators Nisha Dutta, Madeline Schultz, James Beavis and Sam Whitney.

After a stunningly well fought debate Monash 5 lost out to hometown rivals University of Melbourne. With Madeline Schultz and Monash’s Own™ DCA Chris Bisset judging through to the Grand Finals the club representation remained strong.

Throughout a tournament run amazingly well by hosts Griffith University, the true MAD spirit shined through with contingent trips to Movie World and Wet and Wild, bar tabs truly serviced and our very own first year Lucinda Williams pocketing $150 after dominating the Saturday night dance off.

A massive congratulations goes to Externals Officer Nisha Dutta for orchestrating another fantastic Monash contingent

Monash to host Easters 2014

Capping off an amazing tournament, Monash has won its bid to host Easters in 2014 Convenors Nisha Dutta and Matthew Guy delivered a brilliant bid to AIDA council so comprehensive that the two competing bids, including frontrunner UQ Gatton withdrew before a vote was held. The Convenors have begun assembling the Organising Committee and were thrilled to announce at the tournament Chief Adjudicators Gemma Buckley and James Beavis would head the judging core next year.

Monash looks forward to welcoming the Australian debating community to Melbourne in 2014 and more information on Monash Easters 2014 can be found here

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2013 Commencement Dinner

Saturday March 23rd

Missed Post Worlds? Or keen for more fun times with new Debaters?

Then get two thousand and keen for the 2013 Commencement Dinner! This year, in trendy Fitzroy on Saturday, 23rd March.
To ease into dinner, the afternoon will kick off at 5pm with a mini MAD pool tournament at the Red Triangle on Argyle st. Get to know that guy you sat next to on Monday meeting, your Easters team and beyond over a casual game or crush the opposition with some sweet skills. Alternatively, nothing says Best Friends For Life like letting your new buds win!

At 7pm, we’ll trek the 200m to Joe’s Garage, Brunswick st, for the finest pizza, pasta, wine and soft drink in town.
Stick around after dinner as we spend whatever was left in the budget on some drinks at The Night Cat to absorb some smooth jazz and Culture.
Feel free to come along to one, two or (my personal favourite) all three venues!

Cost for the night, including pool tournament, food, wine, entry and general funtimes is only $20 for MSA members or $25 for non members. Tickets may be purchased at Monday training (cash only). If you’d rather bank transfer, email Katie our Mistress of Socials

Check out the Facebook event here

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Easters Trials

Don’t forget Easters ‘trials’ for all novices will be held this weekend. Sign ups for debating and adjudicating spots have now closed. If you had any questions about your registration or other issues please don’t hesitate to contact Externals Officer Nisha Dutta

Offers of debating and adjudicating places in the Monash contingent will be sent out at the end of trials this weekend. Details regarding payment and the tournament will be sent out soon after. If you’re after further information on the week, Griffith have set up this helpful Facebook page

Offers of debating and adjudicating places in the Monash contingent will be sent out at the end of trials this weekend. Details regarding payment and the tournament will be sent out soon after. If you’re after further information on the week, Griffith have set up this helpful Facebook page

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MAD in the headlines

Making news for all the right(?) reasons again recent World Champions Nita Rao and her partner took time out to chat with the Progress Leader. Prominently featured on page 20 of the weekly publication, next to an advertisement for cataract surgery, the in-depth profile delves into just what it takes to defeat some of the world’s top schools. Read the full article here.

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MAD will be tearing up O Week this week and can’t wait to welcome our new and returning members. Come visit our stall in the Clubs Festival on the Lemon Scented Lawns to learn more about the club, chat with the exectuive and sign up as a member

Once again this year membership is free for MSA card holders and only $5 without, that’s cheaper than a sandwich from Campus Centre and statistically less likely to kill you

If you miss us during O Week please still come along to our first Monday evening training session at 5pm (details to the left) featuring an introduction to the club and debating training sessions streamed to a wide range of skill levels. You can sign up for membership on the night.

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Monash wins Worlds … again

For the third consecutive year, Monash University has won the World University Debating Championships. Monash B, consisting of James Beavis and Nita Rao, took out the Grand Final after breaking 48th overall at the tournament in Berlin. James was also named the ‘Best Speaker in the Grand Final’ by the Honorary Judging Panel.

Monash C and A also broke, progressing to the Double-Octo and Quarter Finals respectively. Melissa Matteo, Amit Golder, Kiran Iyer, Victor Finkel and Dominic Guinane were also invited to adjudicate the finals series.

Monash’s debaters also achieved considerable success in the individual speaker rankings, with Nita Rao, Madeline Schultz and Chris Bisset ranking 10th, 4th and 1st overall.

The Monash Association of Debaters now stands alone as the only debating society to win Worlds three times in a row, having won 5 out of the last 14 Championships since its first win in 1999.

A big thanks to the entire contingent, especially those unlucky enough not to break, and as well as those debaters not attending the tournament who popped in to celebrate.

Here’s to an excellent 2013.

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