The New South Wales Debating Union

NSW: The National Schools Debating Champions

In 2015, the NSW Schools Debating Team won the title of National Schools Debating Champions. NSW defeated Queensland in the Grand Final of the Championships in Adelaide, negating the topic ‘That states should stop the memorialisation of war deaths’.

NSW can also boast two members of the Australian Schools Team. Imogen Harper (also the Australian Team Captain) and Eden Blair were selected into the national team on the back of their performances in Adelaide.

We congratulate all the 2015 NSW team members for their stellar results! Congratulations and thanks must also go to their coaches, Joanna Connolly, Emma Johnstone and Evie Woodforde.

We are looking forward to defending the title once again in 2016!


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 42-year history, NSW has been the most successful state, having won the competition on 16 occasions and been runner-up on another 10 occasions. 

The coaches of the New South Wales Schools Debating Team for 2016 are Emma Johnstone and Nick Chung.

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.


This year the National Schools Debating Championships will be held in Sydney from the 15th to the 22nd of May.

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