The ECU BP Competition is an exciting opportunity for students to compete in a distinct style of debating, and gain experience in public speaking and critical thinking. Students can also take this unique chance to engage in impromptu debating.


British Parliamentary Debating is based on the style of debate that occurs in the British Parliament. In BP debates there are four teams of two who are all competing against each other.


The debate is divided into two 'houses': the Government who proposes the motion (topic) and the Opposition who opposes the motion. These two 'houses' are further divided into Opening and Closing halves. Therefore, each debate will consist of four teams, with each team acting as one of the following:

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Each team has two speakers, all of which have their own positions. The order of speakers is as follows:

  1.    Prime Minister (OG)

  2.    Leader of the Opposition (OO)

  3.    Deputy Prime Minister (OG)

  4.    Deputy Leader of the Opposition (OO)

  5.    Member for the Government (CG)

  6.    Member for the Opposition (CO)

  7.    Government Whip (CG)

  8.    Opposition Whip (CO)

Speakers in the WADL BP Competition will speak for 6-7 minutes, with Points of Information offered between the 1-6 minute mark. Each speaker has a different role and responsibility, and all the technical rules and procedures of BP Debating, as well as some tips for how to structure a case in BP Debating can be found in the BP Competition Handbook.


You must register in teams of two, with both competitors attending the same school. Registrations will cost $110* per team with a subsidised rate of $77* for schools whose ICSEA's are below 1030.  

The competition is divided into two Divisions:

  • Cygnets Division (Years 7-9)

  • Swans Division (Years 10-12)


Teams may consist of students from different year groups (e.g. a year 9 student and year 10 student are allowed to form a team). However, if it is a cross divisional team they will be required to debate in the Swans Division of the competition. Registrations close 27th August 2021.

*All prices are GST inclusive 


For a more comprehensive understanding of BP debating, you can check out the  WADL BP Debating Handbook.  The handbook includes information about the Competition, as well as an explanation of the rules and procedures. The handbook is currently under review and will be posted shortly. 

If you would like to watch a BP debate, to the right are some example videos in BP style. Similar general debating resources and documents are available on our Youtube channel.