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.
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This year, every Round of the Schools Competition will have a Skills Focus Area, intended to afford debaters an opportunity to improve their skills in relation to a particular aspect of debating. The TDU will accompany each announcement of topics with a brief guide to the Round’s Skills Focus, and adjudicators will provide teams with feedback relating to that area after each debate (although it should be noted that the Skills Focus Area will not be granted extra weight in scoring).
The Round 1 Skills Focus will be models. Teams are strongly encouraged to read this guide to models, and apply the information it contains to their preparation for debates in Round One. For further information, teams should contact the Schools Coordinators.
College: Advised subject: Parties and representation
Please note that owing to technical difficulties we are currently unable to release the roster for the Novice competition. The Novice date and topic for Round 1 are listed above, and a full roster will be available on the web later today.