Tasmanian Debating Union

Affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation

The Tasmanian Debating Union is Tasmania's premier debating organisation for schools' level competition, training and development. The TDU was founded in 1981 and is the sole Tasmanian affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation.

The TDU organises and conducts schools' competitions for all levels of secondary education in southern Tasmania, and works with partners in the north of the state and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to conduct an annual statewide tournament.

The TDU also undertakes training and development of debaters and adjudicators across the state, and each year selects a team to represent Tasmania at the Australian Debating Championships.

Parliamentary Shield

Registrations are now open for Southern Parliamentary Shield for school-based teams of between three and five debaters. This year's competition will take place at Hobart College, after school on Friday 18 September and during the day on Saturday 19 September.

The Parliamentary Shield competition is a short and intense competition for senior debaters. Conducted according to the highest Australian standard rules, debaters attempt to persuade their audience in a series of short preparation debates on topics of current significance and claim the Parliamentary Shield.

Since its inception, the Parliamentary Shield has been supported by the Tasmanian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, with the successful team claiming the Shield donated by the CPA. It mirrors the Parliamentary Shield competition run for over 35 years.

Debate camp

Expressions of interest are now open for the TDU's Debate Camp to be held at Orana Guide Camp in Roches Beach in early January 2016. It is open to students in Grade 9 to 11 (in the 2015 school year). The camp will help students develop the skills to debate at a high level. Over the course of three and half days, the schedule will include knowledge workshops, skills exercises, social events and several formal debates.

Experience with debating is not necessary and all interested students are encouraged to participate. We will work with individual debaters at their own pace to ensure they get the most out of the program.

The cost to participants will be around $120, covering activities, food and accommodation for the duration of the camp. Support is available for students who cannot afford to attend.

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Results of the 2015 southern schools' competition

Grand finals for the 2015 southern schools' competition were held at New Town High School on Wednesday 1 July 2015 and Elizabeth College on Wednesday 5 August 2015.

Congratulations to all teams who participated in this year's debating season, and a special congratulations to this year's premiers.

Debate Winner Runner-Up
Novice GF The Friends' School 2 Taroona High School 1
Grade 8 GF New Town High 1 New Town High 2
Grade 9 GF Ogilvie High 1 St Michael's Collegiate 1
Grade 10 GF Ogilvie High 1 Taroona High 1
College GF Elizabeth College 1 St Michael's Collegiate 1