Debating News | Round 4

Debating News | Round 4


The Fed 7Bs team recorded a satisfying victory against the students from Pymble Ladies’ College on Friday evening (11 March). The team consisted of: 1st Speaker J. Chong (7Hi), 2nd Speaker A. Rabey (7He), 3rd Speaker M. Licenblat (7Du) and 4th Speaker X. Rinaudo (7Ar). We were the affirmative team and were debating the topic “That we should have a minister under the age of 25 in each political party.”

Although we nearly ran out of time in the prep room and struggled to find a strong principled point, our team produced a few good points.

They were:

1. That under 25-year-old representatives would be in the right mindset to make good decisions for our country
2. That these young adults would make good decisions that would benefit the young people of our nation
3. That if you start as a political representative at a young age, you will gain valuable experience for the future; and
4. That the future of our nation would benefit from these representatives.

Our team started off strongly, and presented our arguments with good structure, although our model didn’t have quite enough information. Pymble Ladies’ College fought back hard and through to the end of the debate, our two teams were nearly neck and neck. But at the end, M. Licenblat (7Du) pulled away to secure the win, with a strong and convincing conclusion, maintaining his iconic eye contact, and confident delivery.

Congratulations to all team members and to Mr Taplin and Miss Dao (our coach), and I hope that this victory will encourage all our team members of the FED 7B Debating team to continue trying our hardest and pull off some more wins in the future.

Chong (7Hi)



On 11 March, Trinity Grammar School’s Year 8 FED A team debated against Pymble Ladies’ College, on the topic “That Fixed Federal Elections should be every five years.” Pymble put up a strong case and stated many benefits of five years. We then effectively rebutted how five years is an incredibly long time, and if the public changes their minds, the Prime Minister cannot be elected for another five years. It was a very tough debate but ultimately, we prevailed. Thanks to our coach, Mr Razza, and my team members, H. Chuchra (8He), H. Turner (8Ta) and M. Nada (8Sch).

Viswanathan (8Ta)



The Year 9 ISDA team comprising of H. McLean (9 Yo), M. Padmore (9Mu), D. Lok (9 Ke) and C. Ciarroni (9 W-J) suffered a disappointing loss to the students from Kincoppal, Rose Bay last Friday evening. The topic for the debate was “That we should ban all political donations and fundraisers”. Our first speaker M. Padmore came out with a good model and definition to start the case well, C. Ciarroni then followed up with solid rebuttal and added to our case with some compelling, practically-based arguments. Third speaker, D. Lok, then rebutted the opposition’s points in detail. Unfortunately, Kincoppal’s rebuttal and argumentation was too good for us, and we took a close loss. I am sure we will get another win next week.

McLean (9 Yo)



Last Friday evening saw the Trinity FED Senior B team, consisting of L. Wingrave (11Ar), D. Eboli (11W-H), T. La (11La) and C. Gaikaiwari (11Fo), oppose Pymble Ladies’ College, in what was set to be a test of virtue, skill and expertise. Under the theme of Politics, the topic was, “That an election should be triggered when the Australian Government does not meet their emission reduction targets, according to the Paris Agreement.” Friday’s proceedings saw Trinity as the negative team. Instead of arguing for the status quo, though, Trinity delivered a riveting and, at sometimes emotional, counter model to the status quo. L. Wingrave began the case of the negative, outlining a clear point of difference between the two opposing teams’ models, and explaining the tangibility of cause and effect that was being created to reduce emissions under our model that was evidently lacking in the opposition’s. D. Eboli capitalised upon a stunned Pymble Ladies’ College to examine the benefits to each stakeholder under our counter model in comparison to the opposition’s. He later delivered a heartfelt and sympathising anecdote about his struggles with the toxically masculine environment of politics, and how this has influenced the status quo, producing an emotional response amongst many within the room. T. La finally walked the room through a comparison of the points put forth by both teams, and ultimately proving how our counter model would be of a larger benefit to wider society, leaving the opposition with no answers.

A win was therefore granted to Trinity Grammar, and the team will undoubtedly carry this momentum into future debates. Special mention must also be given to C. Gaikaiwari in completing his 4th Speaker duties and delivering a riveting thankyou to the many spectators and parents who came along to witness such a masterclass!

Wingrave (11Ar) 

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