Intervarsity success for Melbourne debaters

April 15 / 156

University of Melbourne debating contingent, 2015 Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships.
University of Melbourne debating contingent, 2015 Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships.


The Melbourne University Debating Society (MUDS) has achieved considerable success at the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships. 


MUDS sent a contingent of eight teams and eight adjudicators to the competition, with Melbourne debater James Gray as deputy chief adjudicator for the tournament. 


Three Melbourne teams broke through to the final rounds, with the Melbourne 2 team (comprising of Zoe Brown, a 2nd year arts student, Jane Carroll, a first year commerce student and John Hajek, a first year arts student) winning the competition.


Melbourne debaters comprised 5 of the top 20 speakers of the tournament. In a particular recognition of the quality of debaters at Melbourne, Jane Carroll was awarded best speaker in the grand final, and Zoe Brown was awarded the best speaker of the tournament overall.


Additionally, Melbourne students Liam Gage-Brown, fourth year arts student and Tyrone Connell, third year arts student, adjudicated the semi-finals of the competition. 


The grand final was on the topic "This house, as a loving parent, would tell its child if they had mild autism". The grand final was contested between ourselves and the University of Sydney. The rounds featured diverse topics including international relations, economics, social policy, sports, gender, education and much more.


Zoe Brown, winner of the best debater in the tournament said, “The key to thinking on your feet is listening. When taking in large amounts information, you need to be able to listen to the core message or aim of that information in order to respond. This skill has proved incredibly useful in study – being able to extract key messages from large amounts of information helps me effectively analyse and respond to that material”.


The tournament itself is held over six preliminary rounds, with over 100 teams from Australian universities. 

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