The Western Australian Debating League aspires to ensure all students have meaningful access to debating that encourages critical thinking, fosters engagement with global issues, and equips students with lifelong skills and the confidence to pursue their potential. WADL aims to do this by ensuring all WA school students have access to challenging debating competitions, high quality resources, and purpose-built development opportunities.

WADL is the leading debating organisation in Western Australia, and the state's sole affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation. We run wthe largest high school debating competition in Western Australia, as well as other competitions and programs. WADL is also responsible for selecting the West Australian State Debating Team, which represents WA at the National Schools Debating Championship every year.

2017 Schools Debating Competition - DRAW AVAILABLE NOW!
The Draw for the 2017 Schools Debating Competition can be found here. For more information, contact Russell at russell.watt@wadl.org.


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MUR 2 Draw

posted 18 Jun 2017, 18:39 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 18:42 ]

The Draw for Make-Up Round 2 has been released and can be found hereMUR 2 will be held on the following dates:
  • Tuesday June 27 at Shenton College
  • Wednesday June 28 at Shenton College
  • Wednesday June 28 at Perth College
Please note that teams may not be debating at their usual debating time, or their usual venue for the Make Up Round.

Maps for each venue, including parking and debate room locations, can be found here. For more information about the MUR Draw, please contact Russell at russell.watt@wadl.org.

Christmas Island

posted 9 May 2017, 23:09 by Jolie Hewitt

WADL has been in Christmas Island for the past week! Katie, Anish and Jordi helped facilitate development workshops and practice debates with the Christmas Island District High School community. They had an absolutely amazing time and on behalf of WADL would love to thank the entire community for being so welcoming and enthusiastic towards debating!

2017 WA State Debating Squad Announcement

posted 19 Feb 2017, 04:00 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 19 Feb 2017, 04:01 ]

Congratulations to all of the debaters that attended today's State Team Trials at Shenton College! The quality of debates was outstanding, and the Selection Team had to make quite a few tough decisions. The members of the 2017 WA State Debating Square are as follows (in no particular order):
  • Xavier Hill Wilson (Shenton College)
  • Madeleine Hanlin (Methodist Ladies' College)
  • Eliza Smith (St Hilda's ASG)
  • Luke Button (Eastern Hills SHS)
  • Felix Jones (Scotch College)
  • Christopher-John Daudu (All Saints' College)
  • Natasha Tonga (Shenton College)
  • Isabel Boogaerdt (Perth Modern School)
  • Jannah Teo (South Coast Baptist College)
  • Orlagh Latawski (Perth Modern School)
  • Ava Cadee (Presbyterian Ladies' College)
  • Christopher Ivison (All Saints' College)
  • Sidharth Bhargavan (Scotch College)
The Squad will now go through three weeks of intensive training before the final team of four is selected to represent Western Australia and the 2017 National Schools Debating Championship in Brisbane in May.

WADL goes on ABC Esperance

posted 19 Oct 2016, 20:31 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Oct 2016, 20:43 ]

A couple weeks ago our amazing Regional Officer Katie McAllister and Leah Vlatko, Kalgoorlie local and long-time debater, spoke to ABC Esperance Radio to Stan Shaw about our amazing Regional Program and recent expansion to Kalgoorlie. 

Download a copy of the interview below and give it a listen! 

If you are interested in finding out more about our Regional program click the 'Regional' tab above or email Katie at regional@wadl.org. 

2016 BP Debating Competition Champions

posted 19 Oct 2016, 17:45 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 19 Oct 2016, 17:45 ]

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the Grand Final of the 2016 BP Debating Competition! It was fantastic to see such a diverse mix of students and teams competing in what was a very high quality debate.

The champions of the 2016 BP Debating Competition were Isobel Smith and Eliza Smith from St Hilda's ASG. The runners-up were Madeleine Hanlin and Imogen Field from Methodist Ladies' College, with Madeleine also receiving the best speaker award for the Grand Final.

Thank you to all of the teams that competed this year - we hope you had a great time!

The competition will be returning bigger and better in 2017, and we look forward to seeing you then.
2016 BP Debating Competition Grand Finalists

2016 BP Debating Competition Semi Finals

posted 15 Sep 2016, 00:40 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 15 Sep 2016, 00:44 ]

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the 2016 BP Debating Competition! The quality of debates was phenomenal, and all teams should be incredibly proud of their achievement.

The following teams have been invited to compete in the Semi Finals, to be held at Shenton College on Tuesday September 20.
  • Hale School 1: Mihailo Bozic & Alistair de Vroet
  • Methodist Ladies' College 1: Madeleine Hanlin & Imogen Field
  • Netwon Moore SHS 1: Reuben Pemberton-Ovens & Damon Barron
  • Perth Modern School 1: Clementine Smith & Oscar Wilson
  • Perth Modern School 5: Jemima Loveland & Oscar Wilson
  • Shenton College 3: Morgan Crockett & Michelle Lam
  • South Coast Baptist College 1: Shaylah Ryan-Sherriff & Jannah Teo
  • St Hilda's ASG 1: Isobel Smith & Eliza Smith
Debates will be held at the Gallipoli and Borneo Heritage Buildings at Shenton College, and will commence at 7pm on Tuesday September 20. Information about the location of debate rooms and parking can be accessed here.

For more information, contact Jolie and Russell at bpcompetition@wadl.org.

2016 Perth SDC Grand Final

posted 18 Aug 2016, 20:33 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 20 Aug 2016, 01:54 ]

WADL is pleased to invite all members of the Perth debating community to the 2016 Perth Schools Debating Competition Grand Final, to be held on Tuesday August 30 at the University Club of Western Australia.

Congratulations to all teams that competed in the Schools Debating Competition this year, especially the teams debating in the 2016 Grand Final:

NoviceWilletton SHS 1 v Methodist Ladies' College 3
  • That Disney does more harm than good
Junior - Methodist Ladies' College 1 v Perth Modern School 12
  • That Australia should only grant Native Title land rights to Indigenous groups that will democratically decide how to use the land
Senior - Shenton College 1 v Hale School 1
  • Impromptu Topic
The programme for the Grand Final can be found below. Information about the location of the venue can be found here.

If you wish to attend the Grand Final, please RSVP below for catering purposes.




2016 Perth Schools Debating Competition Semi Final

posted 9 Aug 2016, 08:14 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 9 Aug 2016, 19:17 ]

 Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 Schools Debating Competition. A special congratulations to the teams that won their debates and have qualified for the Semi Finals.

The Semi Finals will be held on Tuesday August 16 at Shenton College (Please note: debates will be held in the Hollywood and Swanbourne Lecture Theatres located in the main block of the school NOT the heritage buildings used for preliminary rounds). Parking can be found in the main car park off Stubbs Terrace.

The Draw can be accessed below:
If you have any questions about the draw, please get in touch with Anish at anish.badgeri@wadl.org

Good luck to all Semi Finalists!

2016 Albany Schools Debating Competition Grand Final

posted 8 Aug 2016, 17:07 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 8 Aug 2016, 17:17 ]

WADL is pleased to invite all debating students, teachers and family members to the 2016 Albany Schools Debating Competition Grand Final to be held on Wednesday August 17 at the Albany SHS Performing Arts Theatre. A special congratulations to the teams debating in the Novice, Junior and Senior Divisions of the Grand Final.

Novice Grand Final - That we should ban child beauty pageants
  • Great Southern Grammar 2 v Great Southern Grammar 1 (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Junior Grand Final - That low-income families whose children perform well in school should receive welfare bonuses
  • Albany SHS 1 v North Albany SHS 1 (Doors open at 7pm)
Senior Grand Final - That we should clone extraordinary individuals for the good of society (e.g. Elon Musk, Steve Jobs etc.)
  • Great Southern Grammar 2 v Albany SHS 1 (Doors open at 8pm)
For more information, please contact the Albany Competition Convenor, Savannah, at savannah.victor@wadl.org.

2016 South West Schools Debating Competition Grand Final

posted 29 Jul 2016, 08:14 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 29 Jul 2016, 08:14 ]

WADL is pleased to invite all debating students, teachers and family members to the 2016 South West Schools Debating Competition Grand Final to be held on Wednesday August 10 at Edith Cowan University Bunbury, Campus Building 6. A special congratulations to the teams debating in the Novice, Junior and Senior Divisions of the Grand Final.

Novice Grand Final (spectators should arrive at the venue for a 5:30pm start)
  • Bunbury SHS 1 v Bunbury SHS 2
Junior Grand Final (spectators should arrive at the venue for a 7:00pm start)
  • Georgiana Molloy Anglican School 1 v Bunbury Catholic College 1
Senior Grand Final (spectators should arrive at the venue for an 8:30pm start)
  • St Mary MacKillop Catholic College 1 v Bunbury SHS 1
We are also pleased to have the following distinguished guests attending the Grand Final in their capacity as patrons of the Competition: the Honourable Nola Marino, Federal Member for Forrest; the Honourable Colin Holt, MLC; and Lyn Farrell, Dean of Edith Cowan University Bunbury.

Light refreshments will be provided during the intermissions between each debate. Dymocks Booksellers will also have a bookstall on the night if you wish to purchase any books.

For more information, please contact the South West Competition Convenor, Charles, at charles.fedor@wadl.org

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