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July 23, 2012 | by  | in News |
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Master debaters finish prematurely

About 90 teams from 30 tertiary institutions battled it during the holidays, as Victoria University hosted the world’s second-largest debating tournament; the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships.

Six teams from Victoria competed with Victoria One progressing the furthest. Team members Richard D’Ath, Paul Smith and Asher Emanuel lost to Melbourne’s Monash One in the semi finals.

D’Ath was “very disappointed” with the outcome.

“It was a pity we had to face Monash in the semi-finals rather than the final; we could have easily taken them with a different motion,” he said.

The motion debated was “the West should suppress pro-democracy movements, when it is in their strategic interest to do so” for which Victoria One argued the affirmative.

Co-convenor of the tournament, Daniel Wilson said “the reality is that we had a relatively young team, and we can always expect strong competition from the Sydney and Queensland teams”.

The grand final was held at the Paramount Theatre in Wellington where Monash One won against Monash Two. Victoria previously won the competition in 2010 and 2011.

Despite the loss, both Wilson and D’Ath agreed that “it was an excellent tournament and everyone had a really good time.”

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