WELCOME TO THE HOME OF MAD
Welcome to the Monash Association of Debaters: the largest and most successful debating society in the Southern hemisphere. MAD has a rich history spanning over 50 years, and we are passionate about building on this legacy. Based at the Monash Clayton campus, MAD's 500+ members include the current and former World and Australaisan Champions.
MAD's Executive has just passed the 2014 sponsorship policy, which applies to all second years and above who plan on attending Australs and Worlds in 2014.
As of this year, in order to be eligible to receive sponsorship to attend either Australs or Worlds (as a second year or above), attendees must undertake a specified number of activities aimed at benefiting the club as a whole.
Full details on the policy (including a list of activities) can be found on the Sponsorship Policy page, and questions can be directed towards our Externals Officer Sasha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can cross-reference your sponsorship records with the Executive's roll on this form!
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Sorensen Internal Debating Competition
For weeks 8, 9 and 10, MAD will be hosting the Sorensen Internal Debating Competition! This means that while Wednesday matter sessions will still run, Monday nights will now feature two rounds of intense 3-on-3 debating!
Teams may be composed of no more than one 'Experienced' debater, and must contain at least one 'Novice'. The criteria are as follows:
- Experienced: Broken at Australs or Worlds as a debater
- Intermediate: Attended Australs or Worlds as a debater
- Novice = All others
Registration has now closed, but if you would like to join a team for any of the rounds, you can email our Internals officer Andrew.
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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
RSVP:Tuesday 13th May, 2014
email@example.com 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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Australs 2014 Trials!
The Australasian Debating Championships ('Australs') is an annual competition that is held in the mid-year break, bringing together over 400 students from across the Asia Pacific region. Australs 2014 will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Australs consistently attracts large contingents of Monash debaters due to its top class debating, high quality accommodation and exceptional socials. All members are encouraged to apply, including first years - there are often limited adjudicator and very limited debating spots for new members. Find out more details on the tournament at the Australs 2014 website.
Regarding trials, there will be 2-3 stages depending on demand following sign-ups. Sign-ups for trials will open Monday the 28th of April at 9 am and close Friday the 2nd of May at 5 pm. You can access the Australs Trials sign-up form here.
Debaters who have broken to finals at Australs or Worlds, and all prospective adjudicators should keep Sunday the 18th of May free. All other members should keep May 10, May 17 and May 18 free.
If you have any questions please contact our Externals officer Sasha.
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