The Grand Final Friday 26 April
Australia should stop all efforts to tackle climate change was the topic of the annual Viewpoint Monash Economics grand final debate.
The grand final saw two teams of Melbourne High School go head-to-head, with the team who argued for the negative coming out on top – well done Melbourne High School 2! Both teams displayed an impressive level of economic insight and the debate presentations and enthusiasm was outstanding. The boys debated in front of packed house with 200 in the audience! The master of ceremonies was Madeline Schultz, who is not only a current Monash Science/Law student; but also a World Universities Debating Championships top-ten speaker, Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships winner; and a former Monash Student Association Women's officer, as well as a former member of Monash Academic Board.
The state-wide debating contest, hosted by Monash University’s Department of Economics and the Debaters Association of Victoria is designed to give senior high school students an opportunity to develop public speaking skills and increase their understanding of economic issues.
“Viewpoint is more than just debating. It is about challenging the leaders of tomorrow and helping them to think through some of the complex economic and social issues that face Australia and the world,” Professor Smyth said.
“Viewpoint also provides the impetus to create longstanding partnerships between Monash University, secondary schools and the broader community.”
The Rounds summary
The event included 44 students from nine schools across Melbourne. The Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) hosted a tightly convened competition with adjudicators from both DAV and Monash University Department of Economics. Participating students displayed an impressive level of economic insight and the debate presentations and enthusiasm was outstanding. Many teachers, co-ordinators and even some parents participated on the day.
The teams who competed in the semi-finals were Carey Baptist Grammar, Melbourne High School 1 & 2 and St. Kevin’s College. Both of the Melbourne High School teams won their debates.
Debaters Association of Victoria