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2017 (A year in review) MAD Update!

After a Hiatus, the website is back up and running. Over the next few weeks, the website will be updated to where the Monash of Association of Debaters is as of right now. This by no means detracts from the successors we have had as a club over the past year and a half! All members should be very proud of doing their absolute best and making MAD such an inclusive and happy club!


Wom*n’s 2017 (AWDC – Held at ANU)

Congrats to our contingent at ANU Wom*n’s! All should be very proud of their efforts at this tournament and the improvement made over the tournament, not to mention all the new friends too!

Mollie Ashworth
Lia Diamantopoulos

Shara Teo
Laura Gibertson

Alex Lawrence
Katie Polus

Gabby Stolzenhain
Tamika Kate

Tanvi Gokhale and Amy Liu

Also a very big thank you to our selectors Swetha Prabhakaran and Mary Pirozek for putting together fantastic teams and taking time out of their lives to watch even more debates!

A further congratulations is needed for MAD 2 who broke all the way to semi-finals! Well done to Shara and Laura!


Australs 2017 (Held at UQ)

Our Australs contingent was as follows

Keith James, Liam Tomlinson, Laurel Trinh

Wallace Huang, Mary Pirozek, Gabby Stolzenhain

Peter Vicary, Mollie Ashworth, Joshua Sim

Rohan Waring, Steven Dickson, Kelvin Ng

Boris Lam, Lia Diamantopoulos, Amy Liu

Andy Downie, Laura Gilbertson, Tamika Chikulin

Andrew Moore, Andrew Polus, Daniel Liebreich, Katie Polus and
Tanvi Gokhale

Congrats on all members for having a fantastic tournament and becoming so much closer as a contingent post-tournament. All members should feel very proud for doing their best and be prepared to go even further at 2018 Australs in Malaysia.

Also, a big shout out to our selectors Tim Sonnreich and Viv Jones for returning to the club after so many years and giving up their very valuable weekend to watch us debate. Their hard work paid off when it came to the formation of the teams and we wish them all the best (hopefully they were able to find ways to relax around the debates before the working week resumed).


Easters 2017 (Held at Wollongong)

Gabby Stolzenhain, Mary Pirozek, Katie Polus

Wallace Huang, Yasmin Poole, Mollie Ashworth

Allan Quanchi, Alisdair Gurling, Lia Diamantopoulos

Ovindu Rajasinghe, Andrew Polus, Hasitha Jayatilake

Keith James, Laura Gilbertson, Liam O’Shea

Liam Tomlinson, Tamika Chikulin, Rahul Sathish

Angie Arteaga, Joseph Nguyen, Loren Pugh

Laurel Trinh, Boris Lam, Janet Chhean

Peter Vicary, Austin Bond, Eric Xie

Andrew Downie, Glenn Donahoo, Shara Teo, Andrew Moore, Steven Dickson, Tanaya Joshi, Joshua Sim
Nikhil Puppla (IA)
Andrew Elder (DCA)

Congratulations to all our teams (especially the novices who were attending their first ever University tournament!!!) for doing so well at the tournament!!! You should all be very proud of how much you developed and the friendships you went on to form over the course of those few days. We hope you all had a very rewarding experience and came back keen for more debating and help contribute to the club to make it as fantastic as possible!

A further congratulations to Shara breaking as an adjudicator to the Semi-Final and Nikhil breaking to the Quarter Final. Further, shout out to Andrew (Elder…..but the other Andrew’s are great too) for helping set amazing topics/making the tournament fantastic as well as getting to panel the grand final!!!

A very big thank you to Shara Teo, Gabrielle Stolzehain, Tanaya Joshi, Harrison Jones and Steven Dickson for giving up their time to watch who knows how many debates of nervous novices awaiting the results of trials. Then spending the time to pair novices up with pros (a job very well done!!!).


Worlds 2017 (WUDC held in the Netherlands)

Monash A
Molly Dale
Andrew Elder

Monash B
Amy Gilbertson
Amelia Kearney

Monash C
Liam Tomlinson
Keith James

Monash D
Peter Vicary
Kelvin Ng

Rohan Waring, Joseph Nguyen, Tanvi Gokhale, Andy Downie
Allan Quanchi (IA)

Congratulations to Molly and Andrew breaking to the Double Octo-Finals!!! You all did MAD proud and held your own against the best in the World!!!

Please stay tuned for a 2018 update which will come out imminently!!! MAD performed very well in 2017, we wish all teams and members the best for 2018!

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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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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

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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 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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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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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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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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