Other tournament motions

Round 1

THW recognise the independence of South Ossetia
Round 2
THW ban Digital Enhancement in magazines and billboards.
Round 3
THW ban all Blood Sports.
Round 4
THW Ban Coka Cola.

Semi Final
THW legalize voluntary ethunasia for lifetime inprisoned War Criminals.

Grand Final

THW Build the Wall. 

These are debate motions from the Sydney BP Novice debate tournament. I find the very interesting, the R4 motion looks as if it would deliver great debates. What do you think?


R1. THW make smokers pay for their own medical expenses

R2. THW not allow children to compete in professional sports
R3. THW deny the right to strike
R4. THW execute war criminals
Final: THW allow mothers in prison to be accompanied by their babies

Webmaster: This were interesting motions, I just ask myself, if the 2nd round motion is not a SQ motion? I recall a couple of incidents in Slovenija, where teams have been punished for what their fans have done (like destroying stuff or attacking the opposite team's fans)... But its sport, what do I know about it..

1st Round    THW suspend welfare payments to drug addicts.   
2nd Round    THW punish sports teams for violence perpetrated by their fans   
3rd Round    THW ban the digital enhancement of images of people in advertising and magazines.   
4th Round    THW impose economic sanctions on Israel until it ends its nuclear program   
5th Round    THW seize the personal assets of company directors whose companies file for bankruptcy or are bailed out by the government   
6th Round    THW place on no restriction on the owning of the firearms   
Semi    THW suspend Italy's EU membership due for its treatment for the Roman
Final    THW ban the killing animals for food
Full tab

From the office of the webmaster: This is a long list of different debate motions, that you can use as they are or just get new ideas on debate topics. They are probably not as plan (model) orientated as you would get them on EUDC, or other Western European tournaments and are a bit more open, but you can have great practice debates on these topics.

This House believes that 'the power to tax is the power to destroy'. (Justice John Marshall).

This House believes that god can prevent evil, but doesn't.

This House believes that only the elite can truly successfully manage national affairs.

This House believes 'the state is not abolished, it withers away.' (Friedrich Engels).

This House believes that renewed strength of labor organizations is necessary for a progressive economics.

This House believes that the three-strike felony law will reduce crime.

This House believes in the separation of church and state.

This House believes in pacifism.

This House believes that the public monies should not finance art.

This House believes in poetic license.

This House would use force to make peace.

Political Correctness is the new McCarthyism.

This House would support positive discrimination.

This House believes that censorship can never be justified.

Freedom of the individual is a myth.

This House don't need no education.

The West will regret free trade.

There is, in this age, a dearth of heroes.

This House would reject consensus.

This House would put pragmatism before its principles.

This House would test nuclear weapons.

This House would rebuild the Berlin Wall.

This House would sacrifice economic growth for the good of the environment.

This House would give racists a platform.

This House would make the blood of the patriarchy run in the streets.

This House would heed its priests.

This House believes that developing nations should adopt western feminism.

This House believes in trial by jury.

This House would reject big government.

This House believes that the 'melting pot' has failed.

This House would let the language die.

This House believes that strong dictatorship is better then weak democracy.

This House believes apples and oranges make strange bedfellows.

This House would have California secede from the Union.

This House believes that everyone should ride first class at least once in her or his lifetime.

This House believes that television is more significant than the computer.

This House would privatize it.

This House believes that there are necessary illusions.

This House rejects distance learning in higher education.

This House believes that triviality is more oppressive than tyranny.

This House believes that propaganda is amoral.

This House believes that there ought to be a law.

This House believes that the value of natural resources is found in their exploitation.

This House would ration the old to nurture the young.

This House believes that developing nations need strong dictatorship.

This House would legalize prostitution.

This House has an unhealthy obsession with sport.

This House believes that the US is more sinned against than sinning.

This House would let the information superhighway run free.

This House believes that fanaticism works.

This House would allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

This House will regret the trade bloc.

This House believes that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a weak response.

This House supports privatization.

This House would adopt quotas.

This House believes that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

This House would legalize all drugs.

This House supports an across-the-board tax cut.

This House believes that the poverty of the third world is the fault of the first world.

This House rejects the American way of life.

This House believes that the truth is out there.

This House believes that competition is overemphasized in the United States.

This House believes that negative political advertising is significantly detrimental to the democratic process.

This House believes that privacy protections have become too extreme in the United States.

The system of justice, in this House, should be retributive, not distributive.

This House believes that the United States should/should not repay its one billion outstanding debt to the United Nations.

This House would/would not support a constitutional amendment to protect the flag from desecration.

This House believes that the World Trade Organization should/should not accept China.

This House believes that, on balance, prescriptive punishments benefit/do not benefit the United States criminal justice system.

This House believes that the President of Pakistan should/should not allow Benazir Bhutto to participate in the upcoming election.

This House believes that the Republican majority should/should not abandon the Contract with America and seek a consensual agenda.

This House would/would not support Proposition 209.

This House believes that the United States should/should not start a dialogue with the Front for the Islamic Salvation of Algeria.

This House believes that the European Community ought/ ought not expand now.

This House believes that parliamentary debate should/should not encourage the inclusion of evidence.

This House believes that the United States ought/ought not commit troops to Zaire and/or Rwanda.

This House believes that ex's should/should not remain friends.

This House believes that President Clinton should/should not be forced to face civil charges while in office.

This House believes that the state should/should not seek the death penalty in capital cases involving persons under the age of eighteen.

This House believes that the war on drugs is inadvisable in a free society.

This House believes that old enemies can become new friends.

This House believes that what costs little is of little worth.

This House believes that the public deserves the politicians it elects.

This House believes that a ban on flag burning better serves fascism than freedom.

This House believes that it is better for athletes to retire at the peak of their careers.

This House believes that the Japanese government should allow trials to be broadcast on television.

This House believes that physically challenged people should not be separated in schools.

This House believes that its better for the Japanese people to learn world history than Japanese history.

This House believes that collectivism is better than individualism.

This House believes that aging is golden.

This House believes that Okinawa should be independent.

This House supports same sex marriage.

This House supports political advertising.

This House supports open borders.

This House opposes war propaganda.

This House opposes the death penalty.

This House would meet cruelty with kindness.

This House believes that television destroys lives.

This House opposes patriotism.

This House believes that justice in America can be bought.

This House supports physician-assisted suicide.

This House believes that the meek will inherit the earth.

This House believes that disagreement is freedom's privilege.

This House believes that a minute of success pays the failure of years.

This House believes that conventionality is not morality.

This House believes that divided we stand, united we fall.

This House believes that well done is better than well said.

This House believes that imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

This House believes that there is no security in the world, only opportunity.

This House believes that change is not progress.

This House believes that war is ugly.

This House would remove government from the lives of the people.

This House believes in social unity over cultural diversity.

This House believes ion the adversary system.

This House would soak the rich.

This House would repudiate history.

This House would establish English as the official language.

This House would negotiate with terrorists.

This House believes that it is better to have time than money.

This House believes that in term limits for federal officials.

This House believes that minority privileges deny equality.

This House believes that the American media are corrupt.

This House believes that technology is killing our work ethic.

This House believes that we learned everything we needed to know in kindergarten.

This House would limit the cost of election campaigns.

This House supports a flat tax.

This House believes that the US war on drugs is misdirected.

This House believes that capitalism is detrimental to social justice.

This House believes that presidential term limits should be revised.

This House supports sanctions for citizen non-participation in the democratic process.

This House believes that public shame is an appropriate means of punishing criminal offenders.

This House values life over liberty.

This House believes that commercial advertising is our reality.

This House believes that god is dead.

This House believes that there is a better way to elect the President of the United States.

This House believes that America is blinded by the light.

This House believes that space exploration and development should be an international priority.

This House believes that higher education was intended for the intellectual elite.

This House believes that there is no justice without retribution.

This House believes that nationalism is a virtue.

This House believes that Miranda rights favor the guilty.

This House would detour off the information superhighway.

This House believes in the concept of intellectual property.

This House believes in the two-party system.

This House believes that the scales of justice are tilted.

This House believes that peace is only an illusion.

This House believes that extremists provide an important contribution to the marketplace of ideas.

This House believes that history is not her story.

This House supports discrimination.

This House would establish a national religion.

This House would put an "X" in the center square.

This House would end US participation in the Olympic Games.

This House would restrict free speech.

This House would ban genetic cloning.

This House believes computers are the answer.

This House believes spaceship earth is crashing.

This House believes that patriotism is misguided.

This House would not worship at the temple of sport.

This House would exterminate capital punishment.

This House believes that special interests have ruined democracy.

This House believes that advertising degrades the quality of life.

This House believes that reality is just a linguistic construction.

This House believes that crime pays.

This House believes that we have sold our souls for gain.

This House believes that emperors are worse than pirates.

This House believes that the drug war is a civil war.

This House believes that the First Amendment applies to the internet.

This House believes that basic medical care is a privilege, not a right.

This House would open its doors.

This House would heal the wound.

This House believes that the right to strike should be given to all employees.

This House believes that the IRS needs to be abolished.

This House believes that American automobiles are a better bargain than European automobiles.

This House believes that professional athletes are overpaid.

This House believes that convicted rapists are as bad as murderers and should be sent to prison for life.

This House believes that Kevin Garnett's professional services are more important than Bill Clinton's.

This House believes that military justice is an oxymoron.

This House believes that the right to die is the ultimate personal freedom.

This House is resolved that the British monarchy is the best system of government the world has ever known.

This House believes that a comparison of Mother Teresa and Princess Di is morally repugnant.

This House believes that public funding of sports facilities is immoral.

This House believes that forensics programs should emphasize community service over tournament competition.

This House believes that the right to privacy is more important than the freedom of the press.

This House believes that the local is preferable to the global.

This House believes that the public sphere is a phantom.

This House believes that schools should not prepare students for work.

This House supports radical feminism.

This House believes that the good life is best measured by aesthetics.

This House would rock the boat.

This House believes that the news should be interesting rather than mportant.

This House would increase support for the developing world.

This House would tax the monarchy.

This House would erect a new foundation for the 21st century.

This House would dance like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

This House would rather be in than out.

This House would expand NAFTA.

This House opposes affirmative action.

This House would further restrict free speech.

This House would expose the secrets.

This House would dramatically increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

This House would develop a strategy rather than a theory.

This House would be indifferent to national heritage.

This House would reform the present system of checks and balances.

This House supports the power of labor unions.

This House believes that freedom has been taken too far in the western world.

This House would rather be East than West.

This House would hold the military to a stricter standard on sexual harassment.

This House would steal from the rich and give to the poor.

This House would reach for the stars.

This House regards royalty as irrelevant.

This House would ban gambling on the internet.

This House would open the gates to immigrants.

This House would rather be poor than rich.

This House believes that the right to strike should be given to all employees.

This House believes that the IRS needs to be abolished.

This House believes that American automobiles are a better bargain than European automobiles.

This House believes that professional athletes are overpaid.

This House believes that a convicted rapist is no better than a murderer and should be sent to prison for life.

This House believes that motion pictures are a reflection of society norms.

This House believes that dogs are better pets for humankind than cats.

This House believes that civil litigation should have the same requirements as criminal litigation.

This House would take from the rich and give to the poor.

This House would hold the media responsible.

This House believes that labor union have outlived their usefulness.

This House believes that political correctness does more harm than good.

This House believes that the government has forgotten its role.

This House supports campaign finance reform.

This House regrets the decline of conventional morality.

This House would use taxation to regulate behavior.

This House believes that the exploitation of animals is immoral.

This House would kill all the lawyers.

This House is resolved that there should be integration of the sexes in professional sports.

This House is resolved that a global marketplace is good for the US.

This House is resolved that we should increase regulations on the paparazzi.

This House is resolved that the United States should sign the Ottawa Treaty to ban the production and export of land mines.

This House is resolved that when in conflict, individualism should be valued over collectivism.

This House is resolved that communism was better than capitalism for Russia.

This House is resolved that affirmative action is unfair.

This House should change its locks.

This House should balance its diet.

This House should enact campaign finance reform.

This House should increase regulation of firearms.

This House should recycle.

This House should pull the plug.

This House should teach an old dog a new trick.

This House should consider carefully that which seems initially successful.

This House should announce that the King is naked.

This House should check its messages.

This House would consider cohabiting two-gender couples legally married after six months.

This House would require human would-be parents to be licensed before having children.

This House would stop using cosmetics.

This House would throw the television out of our homes.

This House would penalize U.S. citizens who do not participate in the democratic process.

This House believes that PC is OK.

This House believes that country music reflects a decline in American culture.

This House would limit the salaries of professional athletes.

This House would enact a mandatory retirement age for all elected officials in the U.S.

This House believes that the students should run the school.

This house believes that the internet is the new opiate of the masses.

This House would pull the plug.

This House would defend elitism.

This House believes that the emperor is naked.

This House would redistribute the wealth.

This House would eliminate letter grades.

This house believes it is wrong to kill people who kill people to show that we shouldn't kill people.

This House would dethrone sport.

This House would support exceptions to gender equality in the workplace.

This House would revolutionize the US educational system.

This House believes that the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.

This House believes any federal budget surplus should be returned to the American people in the form of tax cuts.

This House would dissolve the House of Lords.

This House believes it is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

This House believes the affairs of state must take precedence over the affairs of state.

This House favors qualitative over quantitative research.

This House would prohibit professional atheletes from competing in Olympic Games.

This House would not have named Washington National Airport after Ronald Reagan.

This House would find in favor of Oprah Winfrey.

This House believes when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.

This House believes that racism can be controlled by legislation.

This House believes that life imitates art.

If you come to rob this House, we'll let you have it.

This House believes you can judge a book by its cover.

This House believes that immigrants from other countries should focus on trying to blend into the American culture rather than holding fast to their original culture.

This House believes that good things come to those who wait.

This House believes that beauty pageants for children should be banned.

This House believes that some calls to the psychic hotline get results.

This House would shop at home.

This House believes that professional sports needs a flea collar.

This House believes the press is too free.

This House believes you can go to the mall and see america.

This House believes that fun is more important than work.

This House believes that the US should be less involved in world affairs.

This House would rather bare legs than bear arms.

This House believes we shouldn't fix it if it ain't broke.

This House would milk the cow dry.

This House believes once you start you can't stop.

This House believes in order to get it you have to give it up.

This House believes love is foolish.

This House believes any book worth banning is a book worth reading.

This House would lock its doors.

This House would put out the fire.

This House believes you can't handle the truth.

This House would have a new song for America.

This House would place privilege before merit.

This House approves of political inertia.

This House would avoid the ideological seductions of "false consciousness".

This House supports the strong state.

This House believes that self-government is degenerate.

This House would break the law.

This House would substantially reduce IMF and World Bank lending programs.

This House supports nullification by African-American jurors.

This House would manage ethnic conflict in Central Asia.

This House would denuclearize the United States.

This House would take policy action to support Kurdish self-detemrination.

This House declares Saddam Hussein the winner of this round of the Middle East conflict.

This House prefers second place to first.

This House would curb road rage.

This House believes results more important than character in national leaders.

This House would contemplate rather than act.

This House would get entangled in the sublime.

This House believes that peace is undesirable.

This House would televise executions.

This House should investigate the investigators.

This House thinks that internet "junk mail" should be illegal.

This House believes that winning isn't everything; it's the only thing.

This House thinks the U.S. is the Titanic.

This House believes that technology is killing our work ethic.

This House believes that the U.N. is dysfunctional.

This House would make it up as we go along.

This House would free the prisoners.

Round 1: Thbt Income of gambling addicts should be directly given to their spouses

Round 2: Thbt University graduates should not be sent to places of war for fulfilling their military service.

Round 3: Thbt all football clubs should have salary cap

Round 4: Thbt people in drunk drivers’ car should be also punished

Round 5: Thbt local governments should not forcibly move residents for ‘Urban Renewal Projects’

Round 6: Thbt Central Bank should stop being guarantor to bankrupt banks

Round 7: Thbt Political party leaders should have a time limit of duty

Quarter: Th would force media agencies not to use any word other than 'terrorist groups' for whom state declares to be 'terrorist group'.

Semi: Thbt UN Food Office should have all the responsibility of distribution, pricing or sale of wheat across the world

Final: Th would abolish inheritence

Round 1: Intervention
THBT the UN's responsibility to protect is more important than its respect to national sovereignity
THBT constructive engagement works better than military intervention
THBT invasion into other sovereign countries is justified only in the name of counter-terrorism

Round 2: Nukes
THBT all nations have the right to possess nuclear weapons
THBT only democratic states have the right to civilian nuclear energy
THBT South Korea should provide unconditional aid to North Korea

Round 3: Negotiating with terrorists
THBT Israel should include Hamas in its dealing with Palestine.
THW not recognize Hezbollah as the rulers of Lebanon.
THW not negotioate with violent separatist movements.

Round : Food Security
THBT the World Bank and other bilateral donors should tie developmental aid to investment in agriculture.
THW curb the production of biofuels to address the growing food crisis.
THBT the EU should not bow to the pressures of WTO in reducing agricuktural subsidies.

Quarter Finals: Cluster Munitions Treaty
THBT the greatest impact of the ban on cluster munitions is not in protecting civilians but in hampering the military capability.
THBT the "Big Players" persistence on the option of using cluster munitions is a threat to collective security.
THW criminalize countries that cooperate with other nations using cluster munitions.

Semi Finals: Responsibility
THW force countries to make contributions to relief funds proportional to their GDPs
THW hold states responsible for collateral damage
THW allow America soldiers to not respond to the call of war

Third Placing: Justice - 3rd
THBT perpetrators of crimes against humanity should only be tried in international courts or tribunals, not local courts
THBT the ICC is ineffective in delivering justice to victims of crimes against humanity
THBT TRCs are a sufficient form of recourse afforded to victims of crimes against humanity

Grand Finals: The Geneva Conventions
THBT the Geneva Conventions have no place in modern warfare
THW include terrorists as combatants under the Geneva Conventions
THBT rendition has no place in a democratic world.

Round 1: Legal/Politics
1. THBT the Shariah Law has a Place in British Courts
2. THBT the Australian Government Should Compensate the Aborigines
3. THW Not Recognize an Independent Kosovo

Round 2: Social
1. THW Ban Size Zero Models from the Runway
2. THW Monitor Employees’ Internet Activities During Office Hours
3. THW Make Governments Register their Bloggers

Round 3: Politics
1. THW Grant the Kurds a Home
2. THBT Pakistan Should do More in the Fight Against Terror
3. THBT Cross Border Offensive is a Legitimate Tool to Protect National Security

Round 4: Economics
1. THBT Trade and Environment Should Be Kept Separate
2. THW Support Government Bail Outs of Failing Industries
3. THBT the WTO Has Outlived its Purpose

Round 5: Entertainment
1. THBT Amy Winehouse Should Not Have Won the Grammys
2. THBT Trials Involving Celebrities Should be Held Behind Closed Doors
3. THBT Celebrities Have No Right To Privacy


Source: http://parliamentarydebate.blogspot.com/

* THBT the State should ban all private schools from sanctioning students who exhibit homosexual behavior.
* THW allow Universities to allot slots for the admission of children of alumni.
* TH supports the right of private elementary schools to require pre-school education for grade one applicant.

* THBT America should welcome Iran's involvement in Iraq.
* THW lift U.S. sanction in Cuba.
* THBT U.S should not support the entry of former Soviet States into the NATO.

* The government should stop funding research searching for the gene for autism.
* TH supports the parent's right to avail of medical procedure infantalizing their disabled children by inhibiting their physical growth.
* THW abolish employment quotas for the disabled.

* THW abolish the MMDA.
* THBT the Sangguniang Kabataan is irrelevant today's youth.
* THBT instead of being a political appointee, the Ombudsman should be elected by the people.

Round 5
* TH celebrates the role of organized religion in attaining equality.
* THBT the Dali Lama should cede control of Tibet to China.
* TH would remove restrictions on campaign donations made by religious organizations.

* THBT the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Plan has served the interests of the Filipino farmers.
* THW end the conservation of the indigenous lands.
* The developing world should prioritize food security.

* THBT Independent Filmmakers should welcome the piracy of their work.
* THBT authors of commercial spin-offs of copyrighted literature should not be made to pay royalties to the authors.
* THBT sponsors of commissioned art should have the right to alter the final work even without the consent of the paid artist.

Octofinal Round
* TH regrets the joint seismic marine undertaking at the Spratlys.
* THBT democratization should not be a goal of Western Foreign Policy.
* THW prioritize citizens of former colonies in admitting guest workers.

Quarterfinal Round
* TH regrets formal and informal rules restricting sexual and romantic relationship in the workplace.
* TH celebrates the rise of easily accessible and non-commercial on-line amateur porn.
* THBT States should give married individuals the option to have multiple legal spouses.

Semi-final Round
* THBT the leftist populist revolution in Latin America has failed.
* THBT post modern feminists have betrayed their sisters in the third world.
* THBT the culture of privileging formal education has broadened inequality in the developing world.

Grandfinal Round
* TH celebrates Philippine historical attachment in former colonial masters.
* THBT the mass emigration of workers has eroded Philippine Nationalism.
* THBT the hold of the elite in the Philippine governance has strengthened democracy.


Source: http://www.parliamentarydebate.blogspot.com/

Round 1 - This house would criminalize the act of having sex with a heroin-addicted prostitute

Round 2 - This house would not allow political parties to be based on religious grounds

Round 3 - This house would publicly recognize the right of the Tibetan people to national independence

Round 4 - This house would limit the voting rights of the elderly

Round 5 - This house would ban the practice of S&M

Semi Final - This house would mandate multinational companies operating from the EU to provide a reasonable level of education to their workforce in the third world

Final - This house would allow the police to use racial profiling

Demo debate
THW not confiscate land from descendants of collaborators with Japan during its colonial rule.

Round 1 : Korea
THBT Korea should priortize China over the US in diplomatic relations.
THW nationalize the tele-communications industry.
THW exclude Soju from the list of essential items announced by the Korean government to monitor inflation.

Round 2 : Social Contract
1. THBT all democratic governments should abandon laws which allow prosecution of citizens for insulting their nations.
2. THBT government should not financially profit from its citizens' sins.
3. THW limit civilian use of guns in America.

Round 3 : Human Body
1. THW allow commercial surrogate motherhood.
2. THW give prisoners with a life sentence the right to choose the death penalty.
3. THW chemically castrate pedophiles.

Round 4 : Ideology
1. THBT socialism in Latin America has done more harm than good.
2. THBT authoritarian regimes are justifiable in developing nations.
3. THBT feminism has not contributed to the well-being of women in the world.

Round 5 : International Institutions
1. THW limit the number of times United Nations Security Council members can veto.
2. THBT democracy should be the condition for debt relief for African nations.
3. THBT it is legitimate to use aid to buy votes in international organizations.

(Rookie Final) : Cute Animals
1. THW ban fur imports from developing nations. (debated)
2. THBT zoos bring more benefits than harms to society.
3. THW allow the police to shoot poachers.

(EFL Final) : Celebrities’ on the spotlight!!!
1. THBT paparazzi are beneficial for celebrities.
2. TH supports celebrities entering politics.
3. THBT celebrities should not adopt children from developing nations. (debated)

Quarter : Elections
1. THW repudiate the democratic election in Bhutan.
2. THW discourage women in Pakistan from casting ballots in order to protect their lives.
3. THW place a cap on the spending of candidates during election campaigns.

Semis : Greater Asia
1. THBT China's quest for raw materials from developing nations/rogue regimes is detrimental to the world.
2. THW pressure India to open its border to accept Tibetan exiles.
3. THBT the Kurds are better off without a Kurdish state.

Final : Law and Justice
1. THBT civil disobedience is essential to democracy. (debated)
2. THW abolish the use of insanity as a legal defense.
3. THW require doctors to report minors with HIV to their parents regardless of patients' consent.

From http://worlddebating.blogspot.com

  • Round 1. This house believes that the US should lift the economic sanctions against Cuba
  • Round 2. This house would give equal rights to the football legionnaires in the EU
  • Round 3. This house would grant the barristers the right to deny execution of a commission at any stage of criminal process
  • Round 4. This house believes that the international community should fight with visa regime usage as an instrument of external politics
  • Round 5. This house believes that the state bears liability for breakage when its actions lead to an economic crisis
  • ¼ final. This house would demonopolize the railway market
  • ½ final. This house would allow default judgment on criminal cases
  • Final. This house would boycott Beijing Olympics.


Receive a free e-book with over 2000 debate motions

* indicates required