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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.
Monash debaters take on Wiley College
The Monash Association of Debaters' own Gemma Buckley and Madeline Schultz will take on a team from the Wiley College, whose own proud debating history was depicted in the 2007 film The Great Debaters.
Gemma and Madeline, themselves no stranger to debating success, will debate Wiley on the topic: That reducing economic inequality should be the number one fiscal priority of a nation.
The debate itself will take place on Friday 24 January, and a video will be made available shortly afterwards.
You can find more information about Wiley College and the debate here.
Source: Monash University
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MAD Mini 2014: Registration now live!
Back with a tequila laden vengeance in 2014, MAD Mini is proud to deliver that unique brand of excitement and shame on which the Monash Association of Debaters have built their reputation.
Running across 3 days in February, MAD Mini offers five rounds of debate (in everybody's favourite format 3-3 feat. POIs), a decent feed each day and three yakka soaked socials.
The co-CAs of MAD Mini 2014 are Meredith Prior and Melissa Matteo. Meredith has adjudicated the Grand Final of Australs and Semi-Final of Worlds, as well as breaking at Worlds, Easters, and Women?s as a debater. Melissa has adjudicated finals at Worlds, Australs, and Easters. She debated in the Australs Quarter-Final last year, and has broken to the Semi-Finals of Easters and Sydney Mini.
A fantastic tournament to ease your way back into high quality debating (after the snooze fest of Worlds) and for school leavers to get a taste for the disturbingly incestuous world of inter-varsity debate. Registration is staying at the cheap price of $50 per debater and $30 for judges, and you can access the Registration Form now!
If you still need more convincing, you can watch the MAD Mini trailer.
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WUDC 2014 Results
The Monash Association of Debaters would like to offer a huge congratulations to all of the teams and adjudicators who attended this year's WUDC! All three teams from Monash broke to the finals, with Monash C making it through to the Quarter Finals ahead of Monash A and B's unfortunate defeat in the Octos. Monash A's James Beavis and Gemma Buckley were ranked 3rd and 2nd best speakers respectively at the tournament.
MAD's adjudicators also had huge success, with Andrew Belyea-Tate, Andrew Elder, Fiona Prowse, Madeline Schultz, Melissa Matteo and Rebecca Irvine judging the finals. A big congratulations also to the other adjudicators at the tournament, who all judged great rooms consistently through the tournament.
MAD would also like to congratulate Harvard A, Berlin A and Bandung A as World Champions for 2014. A final congratulations, however, must go to Chris Bisset and Elle Jones for not only reaching the Grand Final, but also being ranked fourth and first best speakers respectively.
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The Monash Association of Debaters is extremely proud to announce the launch of the 2013 edition of the Monash Debating Review. A seven month endeavour under the editorship of Mary Nugent, this year's MDR is the largest to date featuring articles by over eleven different authors hailing from five continents.
This year the Review tackles issues of discrimination in the debating community, explores the experiences of societies in the developing world and examines the virtues of some of debate?s more modern conveniences, including the infamous ?information slide?.
This year also marks the launch of the new MDR website making articles more accessible and interactive than ever before. We thank Mary and her team for their amazing work and hope you'll enjoying reading the journal as much as we've enjoyed producing it.
You can read the MDR here.
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