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One of the biggest events of the year is right around the corner… the Australian National Novice Championships, better known as Easters! This tournament is all about learning and improving your skills, as the novice focus implies, which makes it perfect for everyone from the oldest of hacks to brand new members who’ve never debated before. Over the four days you get put up at a Four Star hotel, have six rounds of debate and four massive social events (with bar tabs!). This year, our hosts will be the University of Melbourne, which brings Easters to our fair city for the first time in ten years. With around 400 uni students from all over the country attending, this is a great, and uncommon opportunity to attend a major debating event here at home. In fact, MAD wants you to go so much, we’re subsidising the places of the first 22 new members to sign up and pay! So, what are the details, you ask?

WHEN: Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th of April, during mid-semester break
WHERE: Melbourne! And Melb Uni are putting us up at the lovely Ibis Hotel.
COST: $340; this covers food (including the three course Championship Dinner), alcohol and accommodation for the entire tournament. BUT for the first 22 first year debaters to sign up and pay it’s only $250 as MAD is subsidising your place! Spots are filling up fast, so be sure to move quickly.
WHO: Anyone, as either a debater or an adjudicator.

Questions? Queries? Ready to jump on board and sign up? Then email Ash, External Competitions Officer, at

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