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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Applications open for Tasmanian Youth Parliament | 22 March 2017

Our friends at the Tasmanian Youth Government Association have recently opened applications for the Tasmanian Youth Parliament Program, a week-long residential event which provides students the opportunity to learn about State politics and Parliamentary procedure, discuss issues and ideas about which they are passionate, and debate in the Tasmanian Parliament House. The Program will run from July 9 - 16 and is open to students in Grades 10 to 12.

Applications to participate in the Youth Parliament Program can be made here. Students or teachers with questions regarding the Program should contact the Convenor, Caroline De Paoli, or visit the Program's website.

Topics for Round 2 released | 22 March 2017

The subject area for debates in Round 2 is Agriculture and the environment. Topics for each division are as follows:

Novice: That every household should have a vegetable garden
Grade 8: Advised subject: Producing our own food
Grade 9: Advised subject: Food production and animal rights
Grade 10: Advised subject: Environmental impacts of agriculture
College: Advised subject: Agricultural economics

Debates in the Novice, Grade 9 and College competitions will take place at St Mary's College on Wednesday March 29. Debates in the Grade 8 and Grade 10 competitions will take place at Ogilvie High School on Wednesday April 5.