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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Week 4 Update

First-Year Party

We were remarkably close to booking out a McDonald’s for a kid’s birthday party, but instead we’ve decided to go with Fun City for MAD’s First-Year Event. It starts at 7pm, and will include 3 hours of laserforce, sumo suits, dodgem cars, bowling and plenty of other fun activities, with a BBQ dinner included. Tickets are $15 for first years and $25 for non-first years, and will be available at the Monday meeting or at Member Training. Fun City is located at 234 Ballarat Rd/Western Hwy Braybrook, and we’ll probably have some carpooling organised (the nearest public transport is Tottenham Station). If you can drive, or need a lift, please let Gemma or Scott know when you buy your tickets.

Executive Vacancy

The MAD Executive is looking to co-opt a member of the club to join the Executive as the new Publications Officer. The role comprises of three elements:
– Publishing Silvertongue: Silvertongue is MAD’s main publication, and the role involves sourcing, proofing, editing and collating articles into a presentable magazine. There are numerous copies of old Silvertongues lying around the MAD office, or you could ask some of the previous Silvertongue Editors (Nita or Mel Birch) about their experiences. Sourcing articles is usually the hardest part, as it involves pestering people until they actually write something.
– Liaising with the MDR Editorial Committee: The Monash Debating Review is MAD’s peer-reviewed academic journal on debating, published annually. This year the Editorial Board is comprised largely of people from overseas, and thus there is a need for a dedicated liaison between the MAD Executive and the Editorial Board. The Publications Officer will mainly be required to monitor the Board’s progress, and report this to the Executive.
– Publishing the Alumni Newsletter: MAD has recently established an Alumni Network, and a central part of this will be the publication of an Alumni Newsletter to keep ex-MADdies informed about what MAD is doing, what upcoming events they are invited to and other ways they can be involved in the club. The Publications Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the newsletter is produced at least bi-annually (probably in email form but potentially in hardcopy as well), as well as providing content for the Alumni Network page and acting as a point of call for any inquiries Alumni may have.

For those interested in applying, send your application to monash.debaters.president@gmail.com, outlining why you want to join the MAD Executive and why you would like to be Publications Officer, as well as the skills you could bring and any other relevant experience. Applications close Sunday 16 August.

Pro-Am Grand Final and BP Adjudication

This Monday will see the culmination of MAD’s first BP Pro-Am tournament. Come along to the Monday meeting to support the four teams in the final.

That evening, we’ll be running a session on BP adjudication, which will be useful for people wanting to learn more about adjudicating and will hopefully also help people new to the style understand it a little better. With four teams and consensus adjudications, things are a little bit more complicated than the usual style of adjudication most people would be used to from the DAV or Australs.

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