The New South Wales Debating Union

NSW: The 2019 National Schools Debating Champions

In 2019, the NSW Schools Debating Team won the National Schools Debating Championships, held in Darwin. NSW defeated Victoria in the Grand Final of the Championships, negating the topic ‘That the Democrats should move to impeach Donald Trump’. Ally Pitt was also selected as a member of the Australian Schools Debating Team based on her successful performance throughout the Championships.


We congratulate all the 2019 NSW team members for their stellar results! Congratulations and thanks must also go to their coaches, Andreas Orsmond & Thomas Shortridge.


We are looking forward to competing at Nationals once again in 2020 — this time in Hobart!



The New South Wales Debating Union (NSWDU) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that seeks to promote and develop high school debating in New South Wales.


NSWDU selects, coaches and manages the New South Wales Schools Debating Team, which competes at the National Schools Debating Championships every year. In the competition’s 43-year history, NSW has been the most successful state, having won the competition on 19 occasions and been runner-up on another 11 occasions. 


The coaches of the New South Wales Schools Debating Team for 2020 are Thomas Shortridge & Isabella Monardo.


NSWDU also holds workshops at schools across the state run by experienced debating adjudicators and coaches who offer their services on a voluntary basis.


NSWDU is an affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation.


2020 National Schools Debating Championships

This year, the National Schools Debating Championships will be held in Hobart. The Championships rotate between the state capitals each year.

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