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Bali UADC 2015

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Round 1: Development
This house believes that development aid should be made conditional on poor countries aggressively pursuing population control In the pursuit of promoting development,
This house believes that development aid should come with zero interest
This house would impose an extremely high ownership fee on vehicle ownership (200%-300%) in developing countries

Round 2: Women
This house believes that governments of conservative societies should financially incentivize men to be house-husbands
This house, as a woman, would vote for Hillary Clinton
In order to address the wage gap, This house would impose a higher income tax on men

Round 3: International Law
This house believes that states should hold periodic elections for their local governments where people can vote to permanently secede
This house would allow the owners of IP rights to sue governments where those IP rights are widely infringed upon within their countries
This house believes that trials involving crimes against humanity should continue despite the death of the accused

Round 4: Technology
This house would nationalise all internet search engines (e.g. Google Search)
This house would not recognise a right to be forgotten online
This house believes that first world countries should criminalise mere access to the deep web
(Definition: The deep web is the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines and typically contains illegal or subversive content.)

Round 5: Economics
Thio house would only allow people to obtain credit credits if they exceed the average national income per person
This house supports the use of economic terrorism to fight against unfair trade practices of large nations, such as currency manipulation and trade-distorting subsidies
(Definition: Economic terrorism is an attempt by a non-state actor of a coordinated destabilisation, in order to disrupt the economic and financial stability of a state, including but not limited to, aggressive market tactics, hoarding dollar reserves for currency manipulation and physical attacks to ports.)
This house believes that EU nations should abandon austerity measures in favour of deficit-spending

Round 6: Refugees
This house would give automatically grant refugees citizenship; if the conflict they are escaping from continues for an equal amount of time it takes for a person to acquire citizenship in the sheltering nation
This house believes that people who consented to be smuggled across borders but arelater trafficked, should be considered as illegal immigrants, rather than as victims
This house supports Australia paying developing countries (e.g. Cambodia, Papua New Guinea) to take in its refugees

Round 7: Geo-politics
This house believes that the Philippines should waive its claim over Sabah in exchange for Malaysia supporting the Spratly Islands case against China
This house believes that India should give military aid to Pakistan to assist in the war on terror
Assuming feasibility, This house would relocate Palestine

Round 8: Social Liberties
This house believes that Western Liberal Democracies should not allow drawing competitions of the Prophet Muhammad.
This house would make labour union membership mandatory
This house prefers using referendums instead of the courts in deciding the legality of civil rights

Open Pre-Octofinals: Environment
This house, as an environmental activist, would not engage in carbon offsetting
(Definition: Carbon offsetting is when a person attempts to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases in order to compensate for their own carbon-heavy emission.)
This house would ban any speech and publication denying man-made climate change
This house regrets fossil fuel divestment campaign
(Definition: Divestment campaign is a movement to lobby for people to refrain from investing OR for holders of stocks, bonds, or investment funds to sell their shares in fossil fuel companies)

Open Octofinals: Languages & Symbols
This house would ban all historically discriminatory words
This house regrets the prevalence of battlefield metaphor in describing the condition of individuals with cancer; such as cancer survivor, fighting cancer and lost the battle to cancer
This house believes that the disability rights movement should exploit rather than oppose “inspiration porn”
(Definition: “Inspiration porn” is any picture, video, meme, or feel-good article that displays a person with a disability doing an ordinary activity – such as playing, talking, or walking – and hailing such activity as inspiring.)

Open Quarterfinals & EFL Pre-Quarterfinals: LGBT
This house believes that the state should pay reparations to homosexuals after it recognises marriage equality
This house would not publish the names of donors to ballot initiatives, such as Proposition 8
This house regrets granting the ESPY Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner
(Context: Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender who was born biologically male. She was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, a former Olympian athlete and a reality show celebrity in “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.)

EFL Quarters: Elections
This house would ban all forms of election-related polls, such as election forecasts and public opinion polls
This house believes that states should not allow individuals with dual citizenship to vote in either of their national elections, unless they give up one of their citizenship status
This house would mandate a quota of seats for young politicians (i.e. 18 to 30 year-olds) in the Parliament

Open Semifinals & EFL Semifinals: Philosophistication
Given the trolley problem, This house would not do anything
(Definition: The “trolley problem” is a thought experiment in ethics. The general form of problem is the following: There is a runaway trolley speeding down the railway. Ahead, the trolley is heading towards five people tied up and it will end up killing them. Next to you, there is a lever that allows you to switch the track that the trolley is on to a track that will kill one person only. Do you pull the lever or not do anything?)
This house would allow the enforcement of “moral agreements” between private citizens, including the mutual agreement on the punishment administered
Assuming the technology exists, This house would forcibly return his memories
(Situation: A man who is married with two kids is living a happy life. He got into a terrible accident while alone on vacation, suffered from permanent amnesia and goes missing. Subsequently, he has established a new life and is happily living with his new family. A friend has discovered him and offered to re-introduce him to his old life. He refuses to return to his old life.)

EFL Finals: Religion
This house believes that secular democracies with substantial religious communities should not allow a separate legal system for those communities (e.g. Syariah Law, Canon Law)
This house would recognise religious indoctrination as a mitigating factor in criminal sentencing
This house, as the atheist community, will not support Dawkin’s “God Delusion” publication
(Context: Richard Dawkin’s best-selling “The God Delusion” book sets out to prove that God does not exist and a personal belief in God qualifies as a delusion and an insanity.)

Grand Finals: Social Construct
This house believes that Western governments should cease their efforts to universalise liberal values
This house regrets the norm of prospective parents actively choosing to have a biological child rather than adopt
This house prefers a world without any conception of gender over a world with a conception of gender identities

UADC 2010 motions

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Round 0: BAN

THW ban websites that do your assignments for you
THBT governments should totally ban smoking
THW ban hymen reconstruction surgery


THBT the right to free speech does not extend to offending religion
THBT religious organizations should pay taxes on donations received and assets owned
THBT the Pope should be prosecuted for the crimes of Roman Catholic priests


THBT doctors should be obligated to report suspected cases of domestic abuse
THBT doctors should not be forced to perform medical procedures that are against their faith
THW ban treatments that claim to cure homosexuality


THBT post conflict societies should recruit rebel soldiers into state armies
THBT it is justified to represent fallen regimes as absolutely evil in history textbooks
THW confiscate property of those who cooperated with oppressive regimes after the fall of the regime


THW pay youth to not migrate from rural areas to urban centres
THW impose a prohibitive tax on car ownership (i.e. making car ownership VERY expensive)
THW impose curfews in high crimes areas

Round 5: MEDIA

THBT western liberal democracies should ban online anonymity
THBT the willingness to participate in formal public election debates should be a pre-requisite for candidates running for national office
THW ban ads that use sex to sell products


THBT Harry Potter has done more harm than good for literature
THBT important characters in movies should be portrayed by actors of the same ethnicity
THW impose a minimum age for pop stars


THBT it’s time the US recognize Hamas as a legitimate representative of Palestine
THBT the National League for Democracy (NLD) should not boycott the elections in Burma
THBT the leaders of nations that stockpile agricultural products for economic gain while global hunger persists should be charged with crimes against humanity


THW compel children to care for their parents
THW allow minors to apply to be recognized as adults before they reach the age of majority
THBT individuals who have undergone cosmetic surgery should be required to declare it to anyone whom they want to have children with

Quarterfinal and EFL Semifinal: IMMIGRATION

THBT ASEAN nations should accept Burmese refugees
TH should accept migrants even if they do not respect laws of polygamy
THW give asylum to sexual minorities

I’m still looking for Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final motions, if you have them, please leave them in the comments! Thanks!


UADC 2011 motions

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The United Asian Debating Championships in 2011 were held by University of Macao and here are the motions:

Round 1:

THW not allow minors to be involved in politics.
THW scrap the government pension system.
TH regrets the practice of ‘tiger’ parenting.

Round 2:

THBT copyright of visual media belongs to the subject and not the photographer.
THW build a national DNA database.
THW ban the collection and sale of location and usage information by Smartphone companies.

Round 3:

THW ban adult entertainment from casinos.
THBT it is wrong to raise money for social welfare through national lotteries.
THW remove all sin taxes.

Round 4:

THBT countries which pollute common waters should lose their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs).
THW not grant citizenship at birth to the children of foreigners on domestic soil.
THW pay the militaries of the other states to fight our battles.

Round 5:

THBT doctor should never lie to their patients, even for their own good.
TH celebrates the willingness of women to be ‘sluts’.
THW allow individuals to purchase behavior-modifying drugs without prescription.

Round 6:

THBT China should leave the WTO.
THBT China should support the unification of the two Koreas.
THBT China should actively incentivize celebrities and public figures who are non citizen ethnic Chinese to naturalize.

Round 7:

THW make education in the high arts mandatory in schools.
THW require presidential candidates to disclose their official records upon public request.
TH regrets the high priority given to sports in the national consciousness.

Round 8:

TH prefers a secular autocracy to a fundamentalist democracy.
THW erase the legacies and tear down monuments dedicated to deposed dictators.
THW require election campaigns to be bi-/multi-lingual.

Double Octo Finals:

-THBT states should actively protect the practice of home grown religion.
-THBT the state should cease to recognize the specific ‘right to religious freedom.
-THW not allow religious missions to access the vulnerable.

Octo Finals:

THW target the families of our enemies.
THBT it’s legitimate for states to exaggerate threats to pass unpopular legislation they deem to be in the interest of national security.
THW discontinue all Black Operations.

Quarter Finals:

THW make the raising of business and labour standards a prerequisite for development aid.
THW punish financial institution who fail to maintain liquidity in situation of market fluctuation.
THW discard tourism reliant economy strategies.

Semi Finals:

TH welcomes the development of the feminist discourse that embraces and expounds on the physical psychological differences between men and women.
THBT seduction is a legitimate tool in achieving political ends.
THW send women as ambassadors to the countries that oppress women.


THW never offer amnesty to heads of state in the midst of possible regime change.

UADC MMU 2012 Motions!

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The 2012 United Asian Debating Championships were held by Multimedia University and won by a team from Nanyang Technological University. If you are looking for motions from this tournament, this is the place. Here we go, and don’t forget to like this article!


Round 1 (Eminem & Dr. Dre – I Need a Doctor)

THBT those on organ transplant waiting lists should be prioritised according to lifestyle choices
THW disallow individuals below a certain income level from participating in clinical trials
THBT, in the event of life-threatening illnesses, medical decisions should be made by their doctors and not their parents

Round 2 (Survivor – Eye of the Tiger)

THW mandate equal primetime coverage for men’s and women’s sports
THW ban all sports that define winning as inflicting pain or glorifying its simulation
THBT companies that promote unhealthy lifestyles should be disallowed from sponsoring sporting events

Round 3 (Jay-Z & Mr. Hudson – Forever Young)

THW forcefully reallocate talent and resources from all the top educational institutions (primary, secondary and tertiary) to those at the bottom
THW require universities to share the burden in repaying the loans of their graduates if they are unable to find employment
THW abolish unpaid internships

Round 4 (Neil Young – This Land Is My Land)

THW exempt indigenous communities from laws relating to environmental protection
THW actively and forcefully reverse transmigration policies instituted by former dictators or colonial masters
THBT tribal law should have jurisdiction over all crimes committed on tribal land, regardless of who the perpetrator is

Round 5 (Star Wars Imperial March)

THBT the ASEAN should have a defense pact stipulating that any attempt by China to occupy the South China Sea islands will be met with military force
THW ban the use of unmanned combat vehicles (i.e. drones) in combat operations
THBT the United States should adopt a policy that in the event Israel launches any attack on Iran, the U.S. will withdraw all military support to it

Round 6 (Rihanna & Eminem – Love the Way You Lie)

THBT liberal states with sexually conservative communities should subsidise hymen reconstruction surgery
THBT the feminist movement should condemn celebrities (like Rihanna) who choose to continue to pursue a personal relationship with abusive partners
THBT the French government should repeal the ban on the burqa

Round 7 (Sister Sledge – We Are Family)

THW legalise polygamy
THBT state welfare should only subsidise families up to a certain size
THBT liberals have a moral duty to abstain from marriage until gay marriage is legalised

Round 8 (Diana King – I Say a Little Prayer for You)

THBT religions should be held liable for making curative claims on illnesses if an individual refuses to seek life-saving medical treatment
THW ban proselytizing in prisons
THW ban gay conversion therapy

Open Octofinals

THW cap the number of patents that a corporation can simultaneously hold
THBT corporations only have a duty to their shareholders
THBT victims of environmental abuses by foreign companies should be allowed to hold them liable in the company’s country of origin

EFL Semifinals

THW disallow plea-bargaining in criminal trials
THW make sexual harassment a criminal offense instead of a civil suit
THW elect judges

Open Quarterfinals

Assuming that the technology to predict crime to a very high probability exists, THW use it to preemptively arrest individuals for their potential involvement
Assuming it is possible to do so, THW identify and abort foetuses that will demonstrate sociopathic tendencies in later life
Assuming it is possible to do so, THW permanently alter the minds of violent criminals

Open Semifinals

THW ban associates of deposed dictators from contesting elections
THW reserve seats in legislatures for individuals from lower-income groups
THW grant non-transient migrants the right to vote

EFL Grand Final

THBT contracts for projects funded by development aid or loans should be awarded exclusively to domestic companies in the recipient nation
THBT non-democratic regimes are better at achieving economic goals
THS the use of child labour developing countries

Open Grand Final

THBT former colonial masters have a responsibility to restore stability in their former colonies that descend into conflict
THBT the international community should form a coalition of the willing and intervene in Syria with or without United Nations approval
THBT humanitarian aid does more harm than good in active conflict zones

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UADC Manila 2013 Motions

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The 2013 United Asian Debating Championships were held by University of the Philippines Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University. The winners of the Championships were from University of the Philippines Diliman. Here are the motions from the tournament:

Round 1: Education
THBT academic researchers should restrict public access to their research that has not undergone peer review.
THW make public universities free.
THW require all public servants to send their children to public school.

Round 2: If I Were A Doctor…
As far as they are able to, THBT doctors have an obligation to disclose to a patient’s sexual partners that the patient has HIV/AIDS.
THBT doctors should never administer life sustaining treatment to those pronounced brain dead.
THBT doctors should refuse to administer abortions on patients who insist on maintaining a pro-life stance.

Round 3: Mind Your Own Business
THW abolish all patents.
THW nationalize any company that is deemed to be too big to fail.
TH supports multinational corporations who outsource their production to countries that have loose labor laws.

Round 4: Social Networking
THBT social networking sites have done more harm than good for interpersonal interaction.
THBT social networks like Grindr should not allow users to prevent their profiles from being searched by members of a specific race.
TH condemns dating sites like Ashley Madison that are targeted at people in relationships looking to have an affair.

Round 5: Gender
THW require all employees to take the same amount of leave and work the same number of hours that their average female colleague with a child does.
Regardless of parental consent, THW fund gender reassignment surgery for minors.
THBT homosexual movement should out homosexuals they know to be in the closet.

Round 6: Crime and Punishment
TH supports the indefinite detention of individuals in the interest of public safety.
THBT justice should involve no consideration for retribution and focus on rehabilitation instead.
THW ban proselytizing (to induce someone to convert to one’s faith) in prisons.

Round 7: Environment
THW not cut funding to research that seeks to deal with climate change, even in the wake of austerity.
THW stop searching for new sources of oil.
THW stop preventing the worsening of climate change and focus on adapting to its consequences instead.

Round 8: Democracy
TH prefers a system of proportional representation to first-past-the-post voting.
TH supports parties who choose their policy positions on bills being voted on in the legislature through an online vote by their constituents.
THBT majority of the members of the legislature should be chosen from a socially representative random draw from the general population.

Octo Final: Geopolitics and Conflict
In post-conflict societies, THW stop collecting and destroy all information regarding the ethnic and religious identities of its citizens.
For as long as Israel occupies Palestinian territories, TH supports an academic boycott of Israel.
THBT journalists should not use deception to gain access to rogue states or conflict zones.

Open Quarter Final and EFL Pre-mi Final: Economics
THW not tax investment income.
THBT governments should balance their budgets unless they secure consent to the contrary from young voters via referenda.
TH supports the wider use of alternative, non-centralized currencies such as BitCoin.

Open Semi Final and EFL Semi Final: Discourse
TH regrets individualism as the dominant conception of morality in contemporary liberal discourse.
THBT political correctness’ gain is discourse’s loss.
TH regrets the state’s monopoly over historical narratives.

EFL Grand Final: Socio Legal
THW abolish welfare services for the poor and give them the equivalent in cash instead.
THBT spouses with no employment income should be entitled to a significant portion of their partner’s wages/salary.
THW have affirmative action for the ugly.

Open Grand Final: Social Justice
THBT all children should be surrendered to the state’s care upon birth.
THW cap the number of years a person can own land.
THW ban inheritance.