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.

Debate camp

Registration is now open for the TDU's Debate Camp to be held at Orana Guide Camp in Roches Beach from the 7th to the 10th of January 2015. It is open to students in Grade 10 to 12 (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.

Attendance is compulsory for students wishing to be considered for selection to the 2015 state debating team. The cost to participants will be $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 2014 southern schools' competition

Grand finals for the 2014 southern schools' competition were held at New Town High School on Wednesday 2 July 2014.

Congratulations to all teams who participated in this year's debating season, and a special congratulations to this year's premiers. Over 60 team registrations were received, making this the largest competition in recent years.

Debate Winner Runner-Up
Novice GF St Mary's College 1 New Town High 1
Grade 8 GF The Hutchins School 1 New Town High 2
Grade 9 GF Ogilvie High 1 New Town High 1
Grade 10 GF Ogilvie High 1 The Friends' School 2
College GF Hobart College 3 Fahan School 1