The New South Wales Debating Union

NSW: The 2017 National Schools Debating Champions

In 2017, the NSW Schools Debating Team won the National Schools Debating Championships, held in Brisbane. NSW defeated Queensland in the Grand Final of the Championships, negating the topic ‘That we regret the notion that people should love their work’. 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 2017 NSW team members for their stellar results! Congratulations and thanks must also go to their coaches, Emma Johnstone and James Stratton.


We are looking forward to competing at Nationals once again in 2018 — this time in Perth!



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 17 occasions and been runner-up on another 11 occasions. 


The coaches of the New South Wales Schools Debating Team for 2018 are James Stratton and Imogen Harper.


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.


2018 National Schools Debating Championships

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

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