Motions

Online WSDC 2020

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Prepared motions for both divisions (prelims):


Round 1: This House would designate specific non-residential areas in which drug users and dealers are legally allowed to buy, use, and sell drugs
Round 3: This House would replace human judgment with computer algorithms in criminal sentencing decisions
Round 5: This House prefers a world where all land was held in government trust and leased out on limited-term contracts


Impromptu motions (prelims):


Round 2 (Maya): THW pay additional benefits to families on welfare according to their child’s performance in school
Round 2 (Aztec): THBT opposition political parties should boycott elections, rather than contest them, when the electoral process is believed not to be free and fair
Round 4 (Maya): THW ban political parties and require all candidates for national public office to seek election as independents


Round 4 (Aztec): THBT multinational companies should be liable for human rights abuses that occur anywhere in their supply chain


Definition: A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in supplying a product or service to a consumer. Supply chain activities involve the transformation of natural resources, raw materials, and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end customer.
Round 6 (Maya): THBT mainstream search engines should refuse to list results with sexist, racist or otherwise offensive content

Round 6 (one rescheduled match in Maya): THW ban job applicants from disclosing the name of the university that issued any degrees they may hold


Round 6 (Aztec): THW ban corporate* sponsorship of research within academic or educational institutions 

*for this debate, “corporate” means for-profit companies
Elimination rounds (all impromptu):


PDOs:

Motion 1: TH opposes the narrative of sacrifice as a description of the work performed by essential workers during a pandemic

Motion 2: THBT large international institutions (e.g. UN & World Bank) should only accept female country delegates
Motion 3: THW allocate the majority of government sports funding to encourage grassroots participation (e.g.: amateur community clubs, after school sports clubs, etc.) rather than invest in achieving success in prestigious competitions (e.g.: intensive coaching academies, player and personnel salaries, etc.)



Octofinals:


Motion 1: This House prefers a world where each believer established their own connection to God, rather than establishing one through organised religion


Motion 2: THBT social movements should actively use anger to mobalise support for their cause

Motion 3: THW impose criminal liability on individuals who fail to assist a person in danger, when doing so would not place them at serious risk.


Quarterfinals:


Motion 1: THW not distributed emergency and humanitarian aid through non-state groups linked to terrorism
Motion 2: THBT the West should withdraw their military cooperation from India until they restore special privileges to Kashmiris in the J&K region
Info-slide: There is an ongoing dispute between India, Pakistan, and China over territory in the former federal unit of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
J&K was the only state in India to have a majority Muslim population, and there has been a longstanding secessionist movement in this state. The Government of India has consistently responded to this with brutal military repression.
Formerly, J&K also enjoyed ‘special status’. They had a separate constitution, flag, and autonomy over internal administration of the state. Only designated permanent residents of J&K could own property, obtain government jobs in the state, receive govt. scholarships, etc.
In late 2019, the Government of India placed major political leaders under house arrest, revoked its special status, and partitioned the state into two territories that the Government of India has direct and complete control over. Non Kashmiris now can buy land and own property, access government positions, etc, effectively ending any special protections for Kashmiris.

Semifinals:
THBT states should reclaim a large proportion of all donations to charities and redistribute it across charities on the basis of their effectiveness
Grand final:
Context: You are a talented, middle-class person in your early twenties about to start your career. You have the choice between a job in which you will make a lot of money and work long hours (e.g., investment banker, corporate lawyer, etc.) and a job which pays less but that you are more passionate about (e.g.: social worker, chef, teacher, small business owner, etc).
Motion: THW choose the job they are passionate about

WSDC 2018 – Motions

Note: Wording is second-hand and may be erroneous. Apologies in advance if that is the case.

R1P: This House would require professional sports teams to be owned by their local communities instead of individuals or corporations.
R2P: This House opposes the development of lethal autonomous weapons. (infoslide: Lethal autonomous weapons are a type of autonomous military robot designed to select and attack military targets (people or installations) without intervention by a human operator)
R3I: This House regrets the widespread belief that motherhood is a rewarding experience
R4I: This House believes that states should allow all non-citizen migrant workers to vote in local and national elections
R5P: This House supports a school voucher system.
R6I: This House would not allow sellers and service providers to advertise their products beyond showing information and images that reveal technical product details.
R7P: This House regrets the Belt and Road Initiative.
R8I: This House regrets the rise of call-out culture.

PDOFI: This House believes that democratic states should not own or run media organisations
OFI: This House prefers a world with no belief in the afterlife
QFI: This House believes that foreigners should not be allowed to own land in developing countries
SFI: THBT rehabilitation should be the only consideration in criminal sentencing
GFP: This House believes that the West should end all arms sales and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia

WSDC 2016: Prepared Motions

THW require democratic states to hold a national referendum to ratify any free trade agreements
THBT the Obama Administration’s foreign policy has done more harm than good
THBT technology companies with significant market shares should not be eligible for patent protection
THBT, after meeting their basic needs, individuals have a moral responsibility to donate their wealth towards poverty alleviation

GF: THBT states should be allowed to pay other states to relocate and settle refugees

Motion Committee: Aisha Ahmad (Pakistan), Anna England Kerr (England), Daniel Swain (Australia), Georgie Barker (Scotland), Kaspar Kelder (Estonia), Paidamwoyo Mangondo (South Africa), Udayan Mukherjee (New Zealand)

WSDC 2015: Prepared Motions

R1: THW ban the use of zero-hour contracts
R2: THW require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders
R3: TH supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education
R5: THBT cities with significant immigrant populations should actively break up ethnic enclaves
GF: THBT governments should provide a guaranteed Universal Basic Income

Motion Committee: Charlie Morris (England – Chairman), Branislav Fečko-Čegiň (Slovakia – Vice-Chairman), Hayah Eichler (Israel), Daniel de Kadt (South Africa), Cindi Timmons (United States), Vernie Oliveiro (Singapore), Samuel Myat San (Singapore), Joshua Park (Korea) and Claire Ryan (New Zealand).

2nd AWSDC 2014 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2nd Asia World Schools Debating Championships held in Thailand as official released in regards to the preliminary and out rounds.

R1: THB in a citizen’s right to bear arms.
R2: THBT liberal democracies should adopt educational policies at creating a less religious population.
R3: THW not give prominent entertainment awards to artists who have committed crimes of violence.
R4: THW give more votes to citizens who regularly donate a substantial proportion of their income to respectable charitable causes.
R5: THW give a doctors, not parents, the final say over all medical decisions concerning children.
R6: THW force all advertising to provide only technical product details and require that all products be sold in plain packages.
R7: THBT living below the poverty line should be the absolute defense to acquisitive crimes.
R8: THB the LGBT rights movement should abandon the claim that sexuality is not a choice.
OF: THW make the income tax of the richest proportional to the level of economic inequality.
QF: THBT the US should withdraw all military aid from Israel until the end of the occupation in Gaza.
SF: TH believes in the universal right to internet access.
GF: THBT when leaders of capable states turn away refugees, the ICC should prosecute them for crimes against humanity.

WSDC 2014 Prepared [MOTIONS]

Yes, still ‘WSDC 2014’ because following the vote, Thailand retains the title ‘WSDC’.
Also, apologies for the delay of this post, ironically was in a debate myself so didn’t catch these coming in.
Motions Committee: Tracey Lee, Aaron Maniam, Hayah Eichler, Jumin Lee, Kip Oebanda

R1: THBT post-revolution states should delegate trials of former rulers and high-ranking officials to the International Criminal Court.
R3: THW allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences.
R5: THBT slum tourism does more harm than good.
R7: THW lift tax exemptions from religious institutions that refuse to recognize marriage equality.

GF: THBT an ASEAN political union is an impossible dream

Asian Schools Debating Championship 2014 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2014 Asian Schools Debating Championships, hosted by Sri KDU, Kota Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia from 2-9 June 2014 as made public by the Adjudication Core at https://www.facebook.com/groups/asdc2014/.

R1: Education
THW allocate school places solely on geographical proximity and not other criteria such as intelligence, ability or talent
THS the creation of exclusive schools for students that identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning)
TH regrets the narrative in education that success in life is contingent on one’s level of academic achievement

R2: Media
THW ban all media reporting on suicides.
THW remove all songs with anti-minority lyrics from public free-to-air radio.
THBT peacekeeping forces should not be obligated to protect war correspondents behind enemy lines.

R3: USA
THBT the United States should not have engaged in a prisoner swap with the Taliban.
THBT the United States should publicly extend support to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
THBT the United States should, given a choice between the two, focus on engaging India rather than China.
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Monroe Cup 2014 [MOTIONS] [BREAK]

Any errors my responsibility entirely. I apologies for spelling errors, am quite tired. Similarly, sadly unfamiliar with many of the people that broke and so don’t have full names.

Motions

CAed by Douglas Cochran, Kate Brooks and Jamie Batchelor

R1: THW Criminalize the Purchase of Sex
R2: THBT Seats in the UK Parliament Should be Based on Competitive, Merit-based, Exam rather than elections
R3: THBT the Palestinian People Should Abandon Claims to Independent Statehood and Publicly Demand the Merger of Palestine and Israel Into A Single Democratic State
R4: THW Remove the Exemption for Religion Organization From Anti-Discrimination Legislation (eg. Equalities Act 2010)
GF: THBT the United States Government Should Pay Reparations to the Descendants of Former Slaves

Break to Grand Finals

Ongoing Grand Final at Middle Temple Hall

Ongoing Grand Final at Middle Temple Hall

1. Ben Adams, Freddy Powell – 10 points
2. Ashish Kumar, Joshua Anderson – 10 points
3. Harish Natarajan, Dave Jones – 10 points
4. Scott Ralston, Fred Cowell – 9 points

On a personal note, actually quite enjoyed the 4 rounds of debating, interesting topics, extremely generous and awesome partner, and a well provided tournament.

Oxford Womens Open 2014 [MOTIONS][RESULTS]

Motions for the Oxford Womens Open 2014, CAed by Sally Rooney and Catherine Murphy

R1: TH Supports Separatism In Identity Politics Movements
R2: THW Set A Quota for British Players on Premier League Football Teams
R3: TH Condemns Liberal Support for Pope Francis
R4: TH Supports a Global Wealth Tax
R5: THW Allow Individuals to Sue Those Who Lie to Them in Order to Engage Them in Sex
SF: THW Ban Autonomous Military Drones
GF: THB Feminists Should Not Remove Their Body Hair (or words to that effect)
Thanks to Georgie for the SF and GF motions!

Baillie Gifford who sponsored this year’s tournament

The competition was won by Georgie Barker and Marlena Valles.
The tournament’s Best Speaker was Amanda Moorghen.

The full tab can be found at http://www.tabbieballots.com/tabs/oxfordwomens14/

ASDC 2013 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2013 Asian Schools Debating Championships hosted by Claret School of Quezon City in the Philippines from 15 May to 21 May. The Chief Adjudicators were Dino de Leon, Syed Saddiq, LP, Shamalie Madhu Jayatunge, and Ratib Ali.

Round 1: Politics and governance
THW make the salary of politicians equal to the per capita income of the country
THBT believes that corporations should not be allowed to contribute to campaigns
THW prefer a technocratic autocracy over a populist democracy

Round 2: Religion
THW compel religious adoption agencies to accept capable LGBT parents
THBT Free Speech should include the right to offend religions
THW remove all legal and economic privileges granted to religious organizations

Round 3: Finance and Economics
THW break up the big banks
THBT home countries should not penalize is citizens/corporations for bribery in foreign states
THBT multinational corporations have a duty to maintain a strong presence (majority of their industry) in their home countries
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