Rotary Club of Cairns Trinity Junior and Senior Debating
and Public Speaking Contest
History of Schools Debating and Public Speaking Contest in Cairns
We have been holding a schools debating and public speaking competition every year since 1993. The Rotary Club of Cairns Earlville (later called "Cairns Southside", and now "Cairns Trinity") started the competition and it is still going strong today. The students really enjoy the lively debating putting a lot of effort into the research and preparation.
The debating and public speaking competitions includes schools from Smithfield to Innisfail; up to 16 teams compete in each age section.
The speech debating is for the Juniors Yr 4, 5 and 6). The debating sections are for Juniors
(Yr 9 and 10) and Seniors (Yr 11 and 12).
The schools compete in a series of rounds eventuating in a grand final. We usually have 5 rounds of competition.
The organisers give the students some tricky subjects to debate, such as:
“That all professional sports team should not have cheerleaders”
"That women need men like fish need bicycles" "That all forms of gambling should be banned"
“That there should be a tax on sugar”
“That human cloning should be banned”
“That all Australians should be listed on a DNA database.”
Panels of adjudicators are chosen based on their profession and expertise; they all donate their time, energy and wisdom to the students. Local schools kindly accommodate the debate and public speaking contests.
The standard of public speaking and debating is excellent and the research and arguments for and against the topics are well researched and presented.