Other tournament motions

The Norddeutschen Regionalmeisterschaft was held in Kiel, Germany, April 21-22 2012. The tournament was held in German language, here are the translated motions:

Round 1: This house calls for a common European army
Round 2: This house would lift the ban on dancing (Tanzverbot, probably more a general celebration ban) on the “quiet holidays” (Good Friday, Memorial Day and Remembrance Sunday (Totensonntag))
Round 3: This house would make the ‘morning after pill’ available without doctor’s recipe
Round 4: This house would cancel the exemption on the 5% vote threshold for national minorities
Semi: This house believes that the Olympic Idea has outlived itself
Final: This house would allow audio and video recording of court procedures and the public dissemination of the recordings

The Estonia open was held in Tallin, Estonia on April 19-22 2012. Here are the motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house would abandon the single European monetary currency
Round 2: This house condems racially provocative art
Round 3: This house would defend Anders Breivik
Round 4: This house would choose only non religious soldiers to serve in international conflicts
Round 5: This house would only teach gender neutral pronouns in school
Semi: This house believes that current Generation Germans should not pay taxes or any other form of reparations for Nazi atrocities
Final: This house would reject a Western conception of property rights in favour of collective ownership.

Round 1: Children
1. This House supports child labor
2. This House will not allow Parents to raise their children in one particular faith
3. This House does not support the idea of unisex schools

Round 2: Rights
1. This House will give two votes to the Poor.
2. This House will not allow teachers the right to strike
3. This House will not give awards to celebrities who glorify or openly use Drugs.

Round 3: Sex and Relationship
1. This House will allow group marriages
2. This House will legalize prostitution
3. This House will allow transsexual sex offenders to be publicly punished by transsexuals.

Round 4: Bangladesh
1. This House will shift all military establishment out of Dhaka
2. This House will close all diplomatic ties with Pakistan till it apologizes for the genocide in 1971
3. This House will require a minimum Bachelor’s degree to stand in general election.

Round 5: Love and Affection
1. This House will allow public display of affection
2. This House will allow the over the counter sale of sex enhancing drugs and sex toys.
3. This house will ban all free pornography

Round 1: THW not provide any government support for non-vocational tertiary education.
Round 2: THBT China should break its ties with North Korea.
Round 3: THS the selection of human embryos on the basis of any advantageous genetic characters.
Round 4: THW create an independent fiscal authority to set binding limits on government spending.
Round 5: THW prohibit all political donations.
Round 6: THW require users of online social networks to disclose their identity.
SF: THW abolish Executive Clemency.
GF: THW allow emergency and humanitarian aid to be distributed through groups linked to terrorism.

Publishing motions from the Science Po Le Havre IV, held in France, April 13-15 2012:

Round 1: This house would ban racist and extreme nationalist political parties
Round 2: This house would lift all sanctions on North Korea
Round 3: This house believes that the ICC should offer Joseph Kony an amnesty from prosecution
Round 4: This house would impose a 75% rate of tax on all earnings over €100000
Round 5: This house believes that all State Schools should actively promote the religion of the majority
Semi: This house believes that state policies should actively discourage a consumerist lifestyle
Final: This house regrets the founding of the European Union

The Jacobs Open tournament was held in Germany, April 13-15 in 2012. Here are the motions:

Round 1: When paying teachers, This house would take into account their students' academic performance
Round 2: This house regrets joining Facebook
Round 3: This house would encourage its citizens to break laws in other countries that violate human rights
Round 4: This house would pay spouses who stay at home a salary
Round 5: This house supports the US's use of military drones in Pakistan
Final: This house supports campaigns like "Kony 2012”

The Budapest Open is a fairly new tournament, but it has been organised great, and had a lot of participants from the Native countries (Vermont, New York etc.) and it is getting more and more important. In 2014 it was held on 28th February - 2nd March.

Round 1: This house would Prohibit Religious Organisations from Speaking out against Homosexuality
Round 2: This house believes that states should take active measures to limit the spread of American pop culture
Round 3: This house believes that it is in Russia's interest to annex the Crimea
Round 4: This house believes that the Black Rights Movement should oppose the appropriation of the Confederate flag by black public figures.
Round 5: Info Slide: Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries a child for another person or couple. This house believes that that developing countries should support commercial surrogacy. 
Semifinal: This house opposes sympathizing and humanizing portrayals of nazi soldiers in popular media.
Final: This house would Suspend Elections in Countries with very high levels of Government Debt

Round 1: THW establish DNA databases of all citizens for the purposes of criminal investigations.
Round 2: THBT governments should set a maximum wage.
Round 3: THW end affirmative action for African-Americans.
Round 4: THW allow corporations to hire mercenaries to protect their shipments from pirates.
Round 5: THW ban gender discrimination within religions.
Round 6: THW support the launching of foreign strikes on terrorists in Pakistan.

SF: THW deny foreign aid to countries with space programs.
GF: THW legalise all forms of sadomasochistic sex.

The motions from the USU Open, held on April 13-16 2012.

Round 1: This house would legalize multi-partner marriages for both men and women.
Round 2: This house would ban private financing of election campaigns.
Round 3: This house regrets the Arab Spring
Round 4: This house would abolish prison sentences for all non-violent crimes.
Round 5: This house believes that the creation of the Eurozone has done more harm than good. INFO SLIDE: The Eurozone is a currency union consisting of EU member states who have adopted the Euro as their common currency. Its monetary policy is administered by the European Central Bank.
Round 6: This house believes that the West Should cease using attack drones in counter-insurgency operations.

Octo: This house would lift all sanctions on Iran that target its nuclear program.
Quarter: This house regrets the decline of labor unions.
Semi: This house believes that governments should systematically use subconscious manipulation to nudge citizens towards socially desirable choices. INFOSLIDE: There is growing evidence from behavioral economics that seemingly trivial alterations in the way decisions are presented can substantially affect choices.  For instance, printing smiley faces on the electricity bills of low-usage households decreases their future electricity consumption.  As another example, consumers presented with a list of financial choices are more likely to choose items placed near the middle of the list.

Final: This house believes that coming cuts in USA military spending will make the world a better place.

The Paris IV tournament was held in Paris, France on April 6-7 2012. Here are the motions:

Round 1: This house would remove all constraints on companies firing workers
Round 2: This house would make sportןמע teams whose fans performed violence or severe disorderly behaviour, play their matches in front of a crowd of women and children only.
Round 3: This house, as Aljazeera, would have broadcasted the videos of the Toulouse attacks.
Round 4: This house believes that retribution should not be a part of the criminal justice system
Round 5: This house believes that the state should subsidize feminist porn
Semi: This house would ban all research into the genetic origins of homosexuality
ESL Final: This house would make assimilation the primary goal of legislation related to immigrants.
Final: This house would allow the deliberate (!) targeting of civilians in war, where it would significantly reduce casualties in the long term

Debate motions from the Melbourne Mini 2011 debate tournament

R1: THW sell uranium to India.
R2. THBT Facebook should remove pages that joke about rape.
R3. THW take drastic action against Syria.
R4: THW break up companies deemed too big to fail.
R5: THBT marriage licenses should have to be renewed periodically.
R6: THW ban all blood sports involving animals.
SF: THW allow health care professionals to opt out of any stage of abortion, including before & after care.
Final: THBT the US should support Palestinian statehood.


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