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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Registrations open for 2017 Schools Competition | 19 February 2017

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Southern Schools debating competition, Tasmania's largest inter-school debating competition. The competition is open to teams from Grades 7 - 12 from public and independent schools in the greater Hobart region. No previous debating experience is required to participate.

This year's competition is scheduled to start on Wednesday March 15, with registrations open from until Friday March 3. The registration process is conducted online, using our online registration form.

The competition is scheduled to run for six rounds (each team debates six times) over the first two school terms. An exhibition debate, demonstrating the rules used in the competition, will be held on Wednesday March 8. This debate will take place at the UTAS Faculty of Law, beginning at 6:30pm. All interested debaters, coaches, teachers and parents are welcome to attend.