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ADFA Debating Society

The ADFA Debating Society (ADFA DEBSOC) offers Midshipmen and Officer Cadets an opportunity to improve public speaking, express opinions and discuss topical issues. It includes several tournaments at different levels of experience to allow beginners to advanced debaters a chance to compete. These include both national competitions and the Australasian Debating Competition.

The ADFA DEBSOC has sent teams to several Debating Tournaments at University, Australasian and World levels since 1995. For the last four years the ADFA DEBSOC has represented ADFA at the Easter Championships and the Australasian Championships.Members of ADFA DEBSOC teams debate alongside other university students at a weekly debating competition held at and hosted by the Australian National University (ANU).

The competition is usually held on Tuesday evenings. Cadets receive their debate topic, prepare, and then present their arguments. After the adjudication, a social supper is often held for all competitors. This provides a great opportunity for cadets to engage with members of other universities while escaping academy life for an evening of socialising.The Easter Australian Championships are designed for novice debaters and aims to increase debating skills within universities throughout Australia.

This competition enables ADFA DEBSOC members to improve their oral presentation skills and increase their confidence to consider complex issues. For both new and experienced ADFA debaters, this competition, is an opportunity to meet students from other Universities and debate current topics.The Australasian competition is held in a different country in the Asia-Pacific region each year.

This competition is a higher level of debating and cadets greatly improve technique as well as meeting students from across the Australia and the Asia-Pacific area.All levels of competition involve debates, coaching and technique sessions and social events. The ADS is for Midshipmen and Officer Cadets who wish to learn, or continue to participate in, debating, as well as meet other university students and keep pace with current topics.

Debating at ADFA