The New South Wales Debating Union

NSW: The 2018 National Schools Debating Champions

In 2018, the NSW Schools Debating Team won the National Schools Debating Championships, held in Perth. NSW defeated South Australia in the Grand Final of the Championships, negating the topic ‘That we should introduce affirmative action for men in fields where they are underrepresented’. Daniel Yim was also selected as the Captain of the Australian Schools Debating Team based on his successful performance throughout the Championships.


We congratulate all the 2018 NSW team members for their stellar results! Congratulations and thanks must also go to their coaches, Imogen Harper & James Stratton.


We are looking forward to competing at Nationals once again in 2019 — this time in Darwin!



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 2019 are Andreas Orsmond & Thomas Shortridge.


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.


2019 National Schools Debating Championships

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

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