The New South Wales Debating Union


NSW: The National Schools Debating Champions

In 2013, the NSW Schools Debating Team won the title of National Schools Debating Champions. NSW defeated South Australia in the Grand Final of the Championships in Canberra, affirming the topic ‘That we should institute the death penalty for war criminals’.

NSW can also boast two members of the Australian Schools Team. James Stratton (also the Australian Team Captain) and Gabriel Bowes-Whitton were selected into the national team on the back of their performances in Canberra. Harry Rogers was a highly commended speaker.

We congratulate all the 2013 NSW team members for their stellar results! Congratulations and thanks must also go to their coaches, Bronwyn Cowell and Daniel Swain!

We are looking forward to defending the title in 2014!


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 41-year history, NSW has been the most successful state, having won the competition on 15 occasions and been runner-up on another 10 occasions. 

The coaches of the New South Wales Schools Debating Team for 2014 are Elle Jones and Joanna Connolly.

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.


2014 NSWDU Workshop and State Team Trials announced

Please visit the tabs at the top of the page for information about how to register for our 2014 workshop and selection trials for the state team. Your school will also receive information about this shortly. Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any queries.

Contact NSWDU

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