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2018 Mid-Year Update!!!

We bring you an update on MAD’s progress throughout the beginning of 2018!!! So far we have attended two major tournaments and hosted the annual tournament MAD Mini (Which was a very good tournament, all should come for a chill debating start to the year in 2019!!!). All members should be proud of how they have done so early in the year and be excited for all the opportunities and events coming up for the rest of the year!


Easters 2018 (Held at the University of Sydney, over the mid-semester break)

Laura Gilbertson
Katie Polus
Debbie Clark

MAD 2 
Mollie Ashworth
Stephanie Vesel
Gabby Good

Boris Lam
James Pan
Richard Huang

Lia Diamantopolous
Alisdair Gurling
Vishrut Pande

Gabby Stolzenhain
Caroline Li
Arman Riazati

Mary Pirozek
Cree Oliveira
Michael Patrick

Andrew Moore
Anita Nair
Pravind Easwaran

Liam Tomlinson
Danigan Keecha-Milsom
Deepak Manchikanti

Andie Downie
Maria Chamakala
Isobel Orford

MAD 10
Joshua Sim
Iam Kabil Felix
Alexander Tashevski-Beckwith

Glenn Donohoo, Tamika Chikulin, Andrew Polus, Steven Dickson, Ian Kabil, Mahi Joshi, Amy Liu, Wen Wong, Laurel Trinh, Daniel Liebrich
Nikhil Puppala (IA)

Congratulations to all teams on another fantastic Easters! You all did MAD proud and came so much closer as a contingent. All of you should be extremely proud of how much you developed and how well you performed at your first university tournament!!!

A further congratulations are needed for Andrew Polus, Nikhil Puppala and Laurel Trinh for all breaking as adjs!!! (Well done on Nikhil paneling the grand final and Andrew Polus for paneling the semi-final!!!!!!) Each of you should be very proud of your efforts at the tournament and best of luck for the rest of the year! Well done to Mary tabbing in the top 10 pro speakers at the tournament!!!!!

Molly Dale, Keefe Chan, Joseph Nguyen, Amy Liu, Tamika Chikulin, Glenn Donahoo
Thank you all for giving up so much of your time to listen to the novices give their speeches and then to pair them up into teams with pros. Considering the amazing and wholesomeness this year in each of the teams, it was a job very well done. Helping MAD be the best contingent at Easters (let’s be honest it was not ANU in the slightest, we were robbed)
Thank you especially to Keefe Chan for coming back to help out with the club at Easters, having older debaters coming back to help is always very appreciated!


WUDC 2018

Molly Dale
Mary Pirozek

Andrew Moore
Alex Lawrence

Daniel Liebrich
Amy Liu

Joseph Nguyen, Tanvi Gokhale
Stephen Moore (IA)

Congratulations to MAD A for breaking 31st and then making it to the Quarter Finals (can find the double Octo’s debate here – https://youtu.be/TakS5GOKwL4 – Apologies for the bad camera work and heavy breathing!). Furthermore, congratulations to Stephen for breaking as an Adj!!!

All teams should feel very proud of how they did at the tournament. All were very competitive and held their own against the world to represent MAD on the world stage!

Sam Whitney, Bec Lew
A big thank you to both of the selectors coming back after so many years to help us out in trialing teams!!! We appreciate all the time you spent out of your weekend to watch debates and help us form teams.

MAD A: 18 points
MAD B: 14 points
MAD C: 11 points


MAD Mini 2018

To start the year off in style MAD always holds its MAD mini. Its a nice quirky 3v3 tournament with POIs to get the debating energy and theme for the year started on the right foot. We hope all participants had a huge amount of fun (at what was I hope a very well catered tournament, with some yummy food?) and had a weekend well spent before uni begins again.
Congrats to Jess Musulin, Phil Gracen, and Stuart Dixon for winning the Grand final!
Thank you to our wonderful CAs Alex Paterson, Annie Hazelton and William Berthelot for a fantastic tournament with excellent motions!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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