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.

Registrations closed for debating in 2014

Thanks to schools who registered promptly for the 2014 schools' debating competition. Registrations closed on Friday 21 February, athough a pro-forma invoice for payment is still available.

Over 60 team registrations were received, making this the largest competition in recent years. A roster incorporating team registrations and hosting requests is now available from the Competitions section of this website.

Round 1 topics

Topics for Round 1, which is a prepared topic Round, have been included in the roster online. Coaches and coordinators are reminded that the allocation of future topics has been delegated to the inclusion Topics Committee, which teachers and interested TDU members may join by emailing topics@tdu.org.au.

Next round schedule

The next round of debating is on May 14th, 2014.