2014 News Archive

Summer is Coming!

Summer is Coming

It is with a great sadness that we say goodbye to our regularly scheduled programming for 2014. We had an excellent turnout for our final training session of the year, and the video from that session (and all the remaining ones from this year) will be online shortly (and just in time for procrastinating from your exams).

But, as it does every year, summer is coming, and with it Australia’s exceptional debating calendar. There are two excellent Minis in Melbourne and Sydney for everyone to attend, before we say farewell to our Worlds teams at the annual sendoff debate (and obsessively track their progress over the Christmas break – livestream and Twitter updates will be available). Details of the latter will be online soon; keep your eyes peeled for updates on our Facebook Page or even our Facebook Group, Twitter Feed, or Google+ page. Don’t forget our YouTube Channel and Ustream account, both of which will be updated very frequently over the summer.

A big thank you to the 2014 executive, our President Sam Whitney, all those graduating this year and everyone who came along to MAD this year, old and new. We hope to see you all next year.

< back to top

ANU Spring 2014 – Finals!

A New Hope

As well as being a seminal piece of cinema from the late 70s, ‘A New Hope’ adeptly describes our move to a new Content Management System: WordPress. To stay abreast of the best the internet has to offer, we’re taking advantage of the superior flexibility and reliability offered by WordPress, and are completely transitioning all of our old server’s content onto this new platform.

As of this post, all site content has been moved and all links to the old website are now propagating as redirects to this one. However, as this is a major transition, there are undoubtedly going to be some gremlins. If you spot any links that no longer work, content that links to the old website (easy to spot, as the Footer will not say ‘Proudly Powered by WordPress‘ at the bottom), or if you just have any suggestions in general, please don’t hestitate to send me an email at webmaster@monashdebaters.com.

“It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol’ buddy … Let’s go exploring.”

< back to top

2014 Annual General Meeting

MAD’s Annual General Meeting is coming up, and we need you to help us out! The AGM is where we elect our Executive for 2015, vote on amendments to the Constitution and have hours of fun at Monash’s own on-campus Cinema.

The details of the AGM are as follows:

Monday, 15th September
1.15pm, Campus Cinema
Campus Centre, Building 10, Monash University Clayton

For information on how to run for a position, voting, and proxies for the AGM, please visit the full 2014 Annual General Meeting page, or contact our Secretary, Swetha, directly.

< back to top

Monash Debating Review: Sub-Editors

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 are found below.

About the MDR

First published in 2002, the MDR is an annual publication that aims to both inform readers and provide a forum for discussion of issues as they relate to debating and adjudicating. The MDR draws on the opinions and experiences of some of the best debaters, adjudicators and coaches from around the world.

The MDR is the world’s only international debating journal. It is a scholarly, interdisciplinary journal that has featured articles from Australia, Russia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, as well as interviews with prominent public intellectuals and policy-makers.

Position Description

Associate Editor positions are open to all members of the international debating community. In 2013, Associate Editors were appointed from Europe, Africa, North America and Australasia and this year we hope to appoint applicants representative of all geographic regions.

An Associate Editor will:

  • Encourage the submission of manuscripts from the worldwide debating community;
  • Analyse and critically evaluate each submission;
  • Proofread and edit submitted articles; and
  • Report regularly to the Editor-in-Chief.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be judged based on the best combination of:

  • Previous editorial and/or publication experience;
  • Debating and/or adjudicating experience; and
  • Responses to the questions in the application form


The Associate Editor role is a volunteer position

Application Procedure

Applicants should apply by completing this form. Any questions should be directed to rmeredith4@gmail.com. The deadline is midnight, BST, on Saturday August 30th, and applicants will be notified about the outcome within a week.

< back to top

MUISS Introduction to Public Speaking Training Day

MAD is excited to host an Introduction to Public Speaking day for the Monash University International Students Society on Saturday the 23rd of August from 9.30am! You can find all of the information about the day over on the MUISS Public Speaking Training Day webpage.

< back to top

Week 2 Update

Hope you’ve had an enjoyable first week back! Welcome to all our new members for Semester 2. We look forward to seeing you all at H2 this upcoming Monday the 4th of August for Member Training.

Training Sessions

If you weren’t able to attend this Monday’s training session, don’t worry; not only will be uploaded later this week (and you can catch all of our previous sessions on the Monash Association of Debaters Youtube Channel), you can still catch the Wednesday matter session on ‘Islam and the Middle East’ with Amy this Wednesday at 5pm in the MAD Office.

British Parliamentary Pro-Am

Sign-ups are now open for MAD’s introductory British Parliamentary tournament! Running on Monday nights in Weeks 3 & 4, this Pro-Am is a great opportunity for debaters new to the British Parliamentary style of debating to be paired up with a more experienced member to be taught its nuances.

You can use the Pro-Am sign-up form now, or contact our Internals Officer Andrew with any questions you have.

Alumni Trivia Night

All club members (current and past) are invited to participate in the best and biggest alumni event of the year – the Trivia Night! It will be held on Friday the 15th of August at 6 pm, at the Local Hotel in Port Melbourne (at the end of the 109 tram line).

In addition to the excellent trivia, there will also be a silent auction and a raffle, to help fundraise for the club.

You can check out the Alumni Trivia Facebook Event for more details, or RSVP right away using the Alumni Trivia Night sign-up form. Please email our Member Services Officer Bec with any questions!

Upcoming Competitions

It’s getting busy in the debating circuit! There are lots of competitions (large and small) being held in cities all around the country this semester, and they’re all great ways to improve at debating.

Some of the popular options include: The Australasian Womens Debating Championships (Women’s), Vic Cup, UNSW IV and ANU Spring.

If you are new to debating or are trying BP style debating for the first time, MAD recommends Vic Cup or Women’s. New debaters will be paired up with more experienced mentors to develop a better understanding of BP style.

For those interested in Womens, sign-ups for trials are open now for novices and pros. Sign-ups will close on Monday the 11th of August.

Please contact our Externals Officer Sasha with any questions!

Bain Sponsorship Opportunity

MAD is proud to present the Bain True North Scholarship for Women.

The scholarship is open to penultimate year female students in Australia and NZ. Applicants have the chance to win a $15,000 cash scholarship, a Bain mentor, and the opportunity to be selected as 1 of 10 people to attend a Bain workshop focused on achieving their full career potential (including the option of starting that career in management consulting at Bain). Applications for the scholarship will close on the 15th of August.

You can check out the Bain Scholarship Flyer for more information!

< back to top

Sorensen Internal Debating Competition

For weeks 8, 9 and 10, MAD will be hosting the Sorensen Internal Debating Competition! This means that while Wednesday matter sessions will continue to run, Monday nights will now feature two rounds of intense 3-on-3 debating!

Teams may be composed of no more than one ‘Experienced’ debater, and must contain at least one ‘Novice’. The criteria are as follows:

  • Experienced: Broken at Australs or Worlds as a debater
  • Intermediate: Attended Australs or Worlds as a debater
  • Novice = All others

Registration has now closed, but if you would like to join a team for any of the rounds, you can email our internals officer Andrew.< back to top

2014 Sponsorship Policy

MAD’s Executive has just passed the 2014 sponsorship policy, which applies to all second years and above who plan on attending Australs and Worlds in 2014.

As of this year, in order to be eligible to receive sponsorship to attend either Australs or Worlds (as a second year or above), attendees must undertake a specified number of activities aimed at benefiting the club as a whole.

Full details on the policy (including a list of activities) can be found on the Sponsorship Policy page, and questions can be directed towards our Externals Officer Sasha at externals@monashdebaters.com.

You can cross-reference your sponsorship records with the Executive’s roll on this form!

< back to top

Australs 2014 Trials

The Australasian Debating Championships (‘Australs’) is an annual competition that is held in the mid-year break, bringing together over 400 students from across the Asia Pacific region. Australs 2014 will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Australs consistently attracts large contingents of Monash debaters due to its top class debating, high quality accommodation and exceptional socials. All members are encouraged to apply, including first years – there are often limited adjudicator and very limited debating spots for new members. Find out more details on the tournament at the Australs 2014 website.

Regarding trials, there will be 2-3 stages depending on demand following sign-ups. Sign-ups for trials will open Monday the 28th of April at 9 am and close Friday the 2nd of May at 5 pm. You can access the Australs Trials sign-up form here.

Debaters who have broken to finals at Australs or Worlds, and all prospective adjudicators should keep Sunday the 18th of May free. All other members should keep May 10, May 17 and May 18 free.

If you have any questions please contact our Externals officer Sasha.

< back to top

Peninsula Public Debate

We’re pleased to announce the Peninsula Public Debate will be making a grand re-entrance in 2014! Come along and watch an exciting debate on the topic – “Can Australia’s current asylum seeker policy be justified?”

Joining MAD heavyweights James Beavis and Stephen Moore are Human Rights Barrister Julian Burnside QC, Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, Journalist Rita Panahi and Liberal Senator Scott Ryan.

Date: Thursday 8th May
Time: 6:30pm
Place: The Arts Centre, Davey Road, Frankston

Email Shara if you have any questions.

< back to top

Easters 2014 Wrap-up

Easters 2014 is now over! A huge congratulations to our conveners Matt and Nisha for planning and running an amazing Easters 2014! The event was a huge success, with great topics, logistics and socials, and we wish Matt and Nisha all the best with their future endeavours.

A hearty thank you to our Chief Adjudicators James Beavis and Gemma Buckley for their dedication in taking on this demanding role, as well as the Deputy Chief Adjudicators Dom Bowes, Daniel Kirkby and Jessica Musulin.

To the team behind the scenes – the organising committee – thank you all for your planning, dedication and enthusiasm that made this event into the success it was. Our volunteers also deserve a special note – thank you for giving up your holiday to help out at Easters.

Congratulations to our contingent for their overall performance at Easters. In particular, Monash 8 (Stephen Moore, Kimberly Clarke, Keith James) made it to octo-finals, and Monash 3 (Andrew Gaulke, Sameer Sharma, Ninad Kulkarni) made it to quarter-finals. Congratulations are also in order for our breaking adjudicators: James Beavis, Rebecca Lew, Sasha Lytas, Nikhil Puppula, Madeleine Schultz.

A final special mention must go to Stephen Moore for ranking as the 5th best speaker, Beatrice Paull for ranking as the 9th best speaker, and Sameer Sharma for being the best Monash novice. Congratulations all around!

< back to top

The Great Law Week Debate

As part of Monash Law Faculty’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the annual Great Law Week Debate will see a team of prominent Monash Law Alumni battle it out with current Monash Law Staff, over the highly controversial topic: “The more laws, the less justice” (Cicero). You can grab the Great Law Week Debate Event Flyer here, and the details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 14th May, 2014

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Where: Monash University Law Chambers 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Cost: Free

RSVP:Tuesday 13th May, 2014
law-marketing@monash.edu or (03) 9905 2630

Monash Law Alumni Team

Mr Richard Attiwill QC, has a broad practice that includes commercial, administrative and civil law.

Ms Catherine Dunlop, Partner at Maddocks and lifelong member of Monash Association of Debaters (MADS).

Ms Elizabeth (Liz) King, Barrister and academic. Liz has practised widely in public law matters and is a current member of the International Criminal Court’s List of Counsel.

Monash Law Staff Team

The Honourable Professor Nahum Mushin, retired Family Court Judge and Chair of the Government’s Forced Adoption Implementation Working Group.

Associate Professor Paula Gerber, President at Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation and Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

Associate Professor Adam McBeth, Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and Convenor of the mooting program.


Mr Tim Rankin who is the current Monash Law Students’ Society President and works as a paralegal.

< back to top

Mid-Semester Break: Easters 2014

The annual Easter Invervarsity Debating Championships (Easters) is finally here! Beginning on Monday April 21st 2014, attendees will enjoy three days of intense debating at Monash University’s pristine Clayton campus, with six rounds leading into a full Octo-Final break on Thursday April 24th. Full details of the tournament can be found at the Monash Easters 2014 website!

You can keep up to date with updates from the official Monash Association of Debaters Twitter account, and see a full list of the debaters and adjudicators at the Externals Contingent list.

If you would like to come and volunteer through the week, please email Matthew Guy at convenor@easters.monashdebaters.com. Volunteers get free food on the day and can attend socials on the Monday, Tuesday or Thursday nights!

< back to top

Week 4: Freshers

Freshers is our first annual internal debating tournament, and will take the place of our regular Monday training session in Weeks 3 and 4 (March 17 and 24 respectively), with the Grand Final on 31 March.

Freshers is MAD’s first internal tournament of the year. First years will be placed in a team with an older member of the club, who will help guide them through their first experiences of university debating!

All members who have not debated at more than one major tournament (Australs or Worlds) are eligible to debate. All other members are encouraged to adjudicate! You can fill out the Freshers sign-up Form now.

If you have any questions, please email Andrew at internals@monashdebaters.com.

< back to top

Commencement Dinner

Commencement Dinner formally kicks off the debating season for 2014! Come wine and dine with unlimited pizza, pasta and soft drink. It’ll be a great chance to unwind after four weeks of hectic university life, and for novices, after Selections Day on March 29.

The dinner will be held at the ubiquitous Sophia’s Restaurant in Camberwell, from 7pm until late (with drinks at the Palace Hotel afterwards).

Tickets will be $16.5 for new MAD members and $20 for returning members (with an MSA card, or an extra $5 without), and will be available from Andrew, Nathan and Tom this Monday evening! And of course, visit the Commencement Dinner Facebook Event Page for more information.

If you have any questions, please email our socials officer Tom at socials@monashdebaters.com.

< back to top

Easters 2014

Easters, more formally known as the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships, will be the first major competition for 2014. Held in a different city every year, it attracts debaters from all over the nation for a week days of debating, and much fun! As a novice tournament, all teams can only have one experienced member at most. It is thus a great opportunity for new members to gain experience, but also for older members wanting to lead a team.

It is a great honour to host this competition at Monash this year. Let’s make the most of the home ground advantage!

When: 21st – 25th April, 2014

Where: Monash University Clayton Campus, Melbourne

Registration and Sponsorship: The cost of tournament is $360 which covers your accommodation, socials and most food and transport. The first 24 novices who sign up and are offered a debating or adjudicating spot will receive $100 sponsorship.

How to get involved: If you are a new member to the club, you are eligible to attend the Novice Selections Day, which will include selections for Easters teams. If you are a returning member and would like to be a team leader, please fill out the Team Leader Application form. You can also fill out the adjudicator sign-up form if you are interested in adjudicating!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Externals officer Sasha at externals@monashdebaters.com.

< back to top

Novice Selections Day

MAD encourages all new members to sign up to the Novice Selections Day which opens on Tuesday the 11 March at 10am.

Remember to sign up as quickly as possible because the first 24 members to sign up and qualify for Easters will get $100 of sponsorship, while the first 10 members to quality for President’s Cup will attend for free!

Selections day will be on Saturday March 29 (alternative times can be arranged for those who are busy on that day) and will be a fun-filled day. Novices will learn more about the club and its tournaments from peer mentors, do a casual debate, and grab a coffee with the peer mentors afterwards. And of course, Commencement Dinner will be held during the evening of March 29 as well.

After the Selections Day, you will be paired up with an experienced team leader in a competition during the year.

Again, if you have any questions, contact Sasha at externals@monashdebaters.com.

< back to top

Week 2: Member Training

The training sessions will start at 5 pm. This week they will be:

  1. Introduction to 3-on-3 Debating
  2. Constructing Debating Cases in 3-on-3 Debating
  3. DAV Adjudication Accreditation Workshop

Please note that the DAV Adjudication Accreditation Workshop is a compulsory session for those interested in adjudicating either the DAV Schools Competition or JSP Program this year.

The second session will be a casual practice debate for all members.

All training sessions from Week 1 and 2 will be made available on the website after the conclusion of this week’s sessions.

If you have any questions, please email our Member Training officer Keefe at training@monashdebaters.com.

< back to top

Week 1: Member Training

The training sessions will start at 5 pm. This week they will be:

  1. Introduction to Public Speaking
  2. Introduction to 3-on-3 Debating
  3. Introduction to University Debating

The second session will be a casual practice debate for all members.

If you have any questions, please email our Member Training officer Keefe at training@monashdebaters.com.

< back to top

Monash Debaters take on Wiley College

The Monash Association of Debaters’ own Gemma Buckley and Madeline Schultz will take on a team from the Wiley College, whose own proud debating history was depicted in the 2007 film The Great Debaters.

Gemma and Madeline, themselves no stranger to debating success, will debate Wiley on the topic: That reducing economic inequality should be the number one fiscal priority of a nation.

The debate itself will take place on Friday 24 January, and a video will be made available shortly afterwards.

You can find more information about Wiley College and the debate here.

Source: Monash University

< back to top

MAD Mini 2014: Registration now live!

Back with a tequila laden vengeance in 2014, MAD Mini is proud to deliver that unique brand of excitement and shame on which the Monash Association of Debaters have built their reputation.

Running across 3 days in February, MAD Mini offers five rounds of debate (in everybody’s favourite format 3-3 feat. POIs), a decent feed each day and three yakka soaked socials.

The co-CAs of MAD Mini 2014 are Meredith Prior and Melissa Matteo. Meredith has adjudicated the Grand Final of Australs and Semi-Final of Worlds, as well as breaking at Worlds, Easters, and Women’s as a debater. Melissa has adjudicated finals at Worlds, Australs, and Easters. She debated in the Australs Quarter-Final last year, and has broken to the Semi-Finals of Easters and Sydney Mini.

A fantastic tournament to ease your way back into high quality debating (after the snooze fest of Worlds) and for school leavers to get a taste for the disturbingly incestuous world of inter-varsity debate. Registration is staying at the cheap price of $50 per debater and $30 for judges, and you can access the Registration Form now!

If you still need more convincing, you can watch the MAD Mini trailer.

< back to top

WUDC 2014 Results

The Monash Association of Debaters would like to offer a huge congratulations to all of the teams and adjudicators who attended this year’s WUDC! All three teams from Monash broke to the finals, with Monash C making it through to the Quarter Finals ahead of Monash A and B’s unfortunate defeat in the Octos. Monash A’s James Beavis and Gemma Buckley were ranked 3rd and 2nd best speakers respectively at the tournament.

MAD’s adjudicators also had huge success, with Andrew Belyea-Tate, Andrew Elder, Fiona Prowse, Madeline Schultz, Melissa Matteo and Rebecca Irvine judging the finals. A big congratulations also to the other adjudicators at the tournament, who all judged great rooms consistently through the tournament.

MAD would also like to congratulate Harvard A, Berlin A and Bandung A as World Champions for 2014. A final congratulations, however, must go to Chris Bisset and Elle Jones for not only reaching the Grand Final, but also being ranked fourth and first best speakers respectively.

< back to top

2013 Edition of the Monash Debating Review out now!

Monash Debating Review 2013

The Monash Association of Debaters is extremely proud to announce the launch of the 2013 edition of the Monash Debating Review. A seven month endeavour under the editorship of Mary Nugent, this year’s MDR is the largest to date featuring articles by over eleven different authors hailing from five continents.

This year the Review tackles issues of discrimination in the debating community, explores the experiences of societies in the developing world and examines the virtues of some of debate’s more modern conveniences, including the infamous ‘information slide’.

This year also marks the launch of the new MDR website making articles more accessible and interactive than ever before. We thank Mary and her team for their amazing work and hope you’ll enjoying reading the journal as much as we’ve enjoyed producing it.

You can read the MDR here.

< back to top

View posts from 2013