Other tournament motions

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.

The HSE open debate tournament in 2012 was held in Moscow, April 7-8. The motions:

Round 1: This house believes that all teachers should openly declare their sexuality to their pupils
Round 2: This house would set legally binding minimal physical parameters for fashion models
Round 3: This house would treat cyber attacks as acts of war
Round 4: This house would legalize all drugs
Round 5: This house would not use public money on life-extending medical care for people over a certain age
Semi: This house believes that change comes through molotov cocktails, not with a voting ballot
Final: In the case where human space exploration efforts locate an inhabitable planet, This house believes that the settlers of that planet should construct a society without private property

The Dutch open tournament was held in the Netherlands on March 30-31. Here are the topics that were debated:

Round 1: This house would forcibly relocate indigenous peoples where their presence prevents the extraction of valuable resources
Round 2: This house believes that sex education classes should include sexual fetishes with the aim of normalising them.
Round 3: This house would not allow pre-nuptial agreements
Round 4: This house believes that developing countries should disregard intellectual property rights on life saving/preserving medicine
Round 5: This House Would covertly fabricate evidence that politicians who promote demonisation or criminalisation of homosexuality are gay (approximation)
Novice final: This house would make the punishment for crimes of theft inversely proportional to the wealth of the victim (approximation)
Semi: This house would create country quotas for the acceptance of refugees and allow for trade of these obligations
Final: This house would create a Supreme Court to protect future generations from current lawmakers

This are the debate topics that were debated on the Mykolas Romeris IV tournament in Lithania on 24-25th March 2012

Round 1: This house would ban beauty pageants for under 16-year olds
Round 2: This house believes that the media should not publish news on suicides
Round 3: This house would require that Roma children be sent to state boarding schools
Round 4: This house would ban the use of religious rhetoric in political campaigns
Round 5: This house supports the use of bounty hunters in law enforcement
Semi: This house regrets the influence of YouTube on popular culture
Final: This house would grant asylum to those fleeing from persecution on grounds of sexual violence


The DCU open in 2012 was held on 23rd and 24th March in 2012. The participants had to debate on these debate topics:

Round 1: This house believes that it is morally wrong for companies to base hiring/firing/promotion decisions on info taken from social networking sites
Round 2: This house would place police in schools that protect them
Round 3: This house would not (as the USA) support Israel in a pre-emptive strike on Iraq
Round 4: This house would require companies to have the same environmental and working standards in foreign countries as in their home states
Round 5: This house supports the right of parents of mentally disabled children to medically slow or prevent their physical growth


Final: A zombie infection has broken out, This house believes that it is morally legitimate to kill uninfected humans to increase your own chances of survival.

The Heriot-Watt Open tournament was held on 24th of March in Scotland. Check out the motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house would allow corporations to pay higher salaries to employees who agree not to have children
Round 2: "Info slide for Round 2: The congressional black caucus is a voting block within the US congress, claiming to represent a black voice. / Any black congressman may join, but some Republicans do not; it is dominated by Democrats / It has repeatedly rejected membership applications from non-black congressmen" Motion: This house believes that the congressional black caucus should admit non-black members
Round 3: This house would establish as a norm of international law that reparations should not be paid after wars
Round 4: This house would replace income tax with a tax on wealth
Final: This house believes that the Scottish Government should allow England to vote in the referendum on Scottish Independence

The Vienna IV 2012 in Austria was held on the weekend ob the 9th and 11th March 2012. Here are the motions:

R1: THW introduce mandatory trips to Nazi concentration camps for Austrian elementary school students.

R2: This House supports the use of charity rather than state welfare systems.
R3: This House believes that Russia was justified in vetoing intervention in Syria.
R4: This House believes that Facebook is justified to censor any of its users' content for any reason it sees fit.
R5: This House supports the appointment of technocratic governments in Eurozone countries suffering fiscal crisis.
R6: THB the Israeli Army should adopt a policy of shooting to kill their own comrades where they are likely to be captured.
Semi: THBT EU countries should promote Christianity and not other religions.
Final: Given the ability to carry a full term pregnancy in an incubator. THBT humankind should seek to abolish natural pregnancy.

Round 1: This house would not imprison those convicted of non-violent crimes
Round 2: This house would make development aid conditional upon the improvement of women’s rights.
Round 3: This house would lift the ban on Communist symbols in all post-communist EU member states
Round 4: This house would only provide state pension to those mentally or physically unable to work.
Semi: This house would ban medicine designed to erase human memories
Final: This house belives that violent activities to achieve anti-capitalist aims in Western societies are justified

Round 1: This house belives that India should remove its ban on 'The Satanic Verses'
Round 2: This house would invest in big casinos to rejuvenate economically disadvantaged areas
Round 3: This house belives the Greek Government should reject the latest EU, ECB & IMF bailout agreement
Round 4: This house belives the Gay Rights Movement should oppose Gay Pride Parades in Western Liberal Democracies
Round 5: This house belives that the states of former Yugoslavia should create a unified football league
Open QF: This house belives that Vladmir Putin should make a credible public offer to the United States for joint decommissioning of their entire nuclear arsenal
ESL SF: This house belives that the Media should not show images of police brutality
Open SF: This house belives that film stars, music stars & other popular entertainers should be prohibited from participating in political campaigns
ESL Final: This house would grant automatic asylum to women from countries under sharia law
Open Final: This house belives that Western European countries should teach an overwhelmingly negative version of their imperial histories

Round 1: This house believes that the Gay Rights Movement Should Campaign For The Abolition of Marriage, Rather Than Marriage Equality
Round 2: This house believes that the UK Should Leave The EU
Round 3: Info Slide: Scientific research has found evidence that a particular race has an increased genetic risk of developing psychiatric disorders. This house believes that Journals Should Not Publish The Research
Round 4: This house believes that The Image Of Female Sexuality Depicted By Female RnB Artists In Songs Like, But Not Limited To, Rihanna's Rude Boy Are Empowering.
Final: This house believes that It Is Immoral To Vote Republican

Motions from the great london school of economics tournament, held on February 17th and 18th 2012:

Round 1: This house would legalise all forms of assisted suicide for mentally sound people
Round 2: This house regrets the strong social norms in favour of lifelong monogamy
Round 3: This house believes that western countries should invest primarily in air power rather than ground troops for future military interventions
Round 4: This house believes that the education system should promote equality of outcomes over equality of opportunities
Round 5: This house welcomes the advent of extreme genetic enhancements for human beings
Quarter: info slide: behavioural economics, rival changes in the way choices are presented changes behaviour This house believes that the state should systematically use subconscious manipulation to nudge citizens towards good choices
Semi: This house believes that Western foreign policy should seek to prevent China's acquisition of Africa's natural land and resources
ESL Final: This house believes that national governments should aim to depopulate rather than regenerate areas with few viable economic activities
Final: This house regrets the decline of Marxism in liberal Western democracies


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