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 host the 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 annual National Schools Debating Championship.


BP REGOS ARE OPEN

Registrations for the British Parliamentary Competition are now open! Registrations for students wishing to attend the Metro rounds will close at 11:59pm on August 31st. Registrations for the South-West Competition have now closed.

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GRAND FINAL AND DIVISION WINNERS!!!

posted 29 Aug 2018, 08:19 by Nic Camer-Pesci

WADL is pleased to announce that the Grand Final of the 2018 Schools debating competition will be held in the main lecture theatre of the State Library on Tuesday the 4th of September. All are invited to attend and no RSVP is required. The Novice Grand Final will commence at 6:30, Junior at 7:40 and Senior at 9:10. Refreshments will be served between debates, and pennants will be presented to division winning teams immediately following the relevant final! A full list of division winners is attached below. For any enquies please contact President@wadl.org

BP Training Night

posted 26 Aug 2018, 03:23 by Jolie Hewitt

We'd like to note that the BP Training Night will be held on Monday, August 27th from 4-6pm at the Alexander Lecture Theatre, UWA.

We've just been made aware that previous information regarding this event was incorrect on our website. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Semi Finals Draw

posted 14 Aug 2018, 07:58 by Russell Watt

The draw for the Semi Finals has now been released and can be found attached below. The round will be held at Shenton College on the 21st of August.

Debates will be held in the lecture theatres in the main block of the school. If you are attending, please park in the front car park outside of reception, and opposite the Shenton Park train station.

If you have any queries or questions please get in contact with our Administrative Vice President, Russell Watt, at russell.watt@wadl.org, and our Administrative Officer, Madu Venkatesan, at madu.venkatesan@wadl.org.


Quarter Finals Draw

posted 7 Aug 2018, 07:44 by Russell Watt   [ updated 7 Aug 2018, 07:45 ]

The draw for the Quarter Finals has now been released and can be found attached below. The round will be held at Perth Modern School on the 14th of August.

If you have any queries or questions please get in contact with our Administrative Vice President, Russell Watt, at russell.watt@wadl.org, and our Administrative Officer, Madu Venkatesan, at madu.venkatesan@wadl.org.


Octofinals Draw

posted 31 Jul 2018, 07:55 by Russell Watt   [ updated 31 Jul 2018, 07:56 ]

The draw for the Octofinals has now been released and can be found attached below. The round will be held at Hale School on the 7th of August.

If you have any queries or questions please get in contact with our Administrative Vice President, Russell Watt, at russell.watt@wadl.org, and our Administrative Officer, Madu Venkatesan, at madu.venkatesan@wadl.org.



Double-Octofinals Draw

posted 17 Jul 2018, 04:44 by Russell Watt   [ updated 17 Jul 2018, 05:03 ]

The draw for the Double-Octofinals has now been released and can be found attached below. The round will be held at Shenton College on the 31st of July.

If you have any queries or questions please get in contact with our Administrative Vice President, Russell Watt, at russell.watt@wadl.org, and our Administrative Officer, Madu Venkatesan, at madu.venkatesan@wadl.org.


Make Up Round 2 Draw Release

posted 18 Jun 2018, 19:52 by Russell Watt

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 26 at Shenton College
  • Tuesday June 26 at Hale School
  • 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.

Make-Up Round 1 Draw

posted 2 Apr 2018, 23:18 by Russell Watt

The Draw for Make-Up Round 1 has been released and can be found hereMUR 1 will be held on the following dates:
  • Tuesday April 10 at Shenton College
  • Wednesday April 11 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.

STATE TEAM

posted 1 Apr 2018, 22:17 by Jolie Hewitt   [ updated 1 Apr 2018, 22:21 ]

We're super excited to announce this year's WA State Debating Team!
  • Orla Latawski (Perth Modern)
  • Eliza Smith (St Hilda's)
  • Madi Hanlin (MLC)
  • Rana Ibrahim (Perth Modern)
  • Reserve - Oriana Morris-Johnson (MLC)
These students will be competing at the National Schools Debating Competition held in WA this May. A massive congratulations to you guys, and a huge thank you to all the students who participated in trials this year.

Response to article published in The West Australian Newspaper on 5/3/18.

posted 4 Mar 2018, 20:46 by Nic Camer-Pesci

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 Mission Statement.

 

 

Dear WADL Community,

 

This morning an article was published in the West Australian Newspaper that referred to a topic set by WADL , “That we should fully legalise sex work”. When setting any topic, the WADL Technical Committee looks for issues that are relevant and thought-provoking, in order to encourage students to think critically about the world around them, and give students the tools and confidence to engage in important conversations.

 

All topics are subject to review under our “Policy on Contentious Topics”, with a specific window for this to occur being given after the draw release. There are two criteria used to asses controversial topics; firstly, whether the topics are included in the scope of the Australian Curriculum, and; secondly, whether a topic requires students to rationally and constructively discuss the premises or assumptions of a particular religious or ideological belief, rather than make a value judgement. This topic was deemed to satisfy both of the requirements.

 

Under the first criteria, there are two subject areas that cover the scope of this topic. The Civics & Citizenship Australian Curriculum requires students in year 9 and 10 to examine principles of the justice system (ACHCK078), whilst the Health and Physical Education Australian Curriculum requires students to ‘critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing in their communities,’ (ACPPS096) as well as ‘critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities.’ (ACPPS098)

 

On the second criteria, this topic does not require a value judgment to be made on the morality of sex work. Rather, it requires a critical analysis of the legal approaches to making an industry safe,  and mechanisms to protect communities. It requires students to debate the strengths and weaknesses of Government regulation in industries, whilst analysing the impact on key stakeholders within the debate.

 

For these reasons, WADL continues to maintain its support for giving students the opportunity to debate such a topic. We believe that learning about topics such as this with facilitation and guidance from educators will allow students to develop a well-informed opinion about sex work in a safe and mediated environment.

 

However, this safe and mediated context is contingent on Coordinators and parents being able to facilitate such an environment. In order to mitigate the impact of strong ideological beliefs held by teachers and parents, where such an environment could not be fostered, WADL also chose to offer an alternative topic to any schools that requested a change.

 

WADL would like to thank all Coordinators who had input during the review process for this topic. We are pleased to have worked with your concerns to ensure that we can continue offering opportunities for your students to be challenged and stimulated  on pressing local and global issues.

 

Best Wishes,

 

Nicholas Camer-Pesci,

President – Western Australian Debating League.

 

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