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University hosts debating final



1 August 2006

Grace Vining, from Murwillumbah, speaking in the final in the Great Hall
Grace Vining, from Murwillumbah, speaking in the final in the Great Hall

The University's Great Hall hosted the NSW final of the 2006 high school debating competition, when some of the brightest young minds in the state debated whether an alliance with America was in Australia's best interests.

The two finalists, Hurlstone Agricultural High School and Murwillumbah High School, reached the final of the Premier's Debating Challenge after a knock-out competition involving eight regional winners.

The event was organised by the NSW Arts Unit and was open to teams of four Year 12 students from government schools state-wide.

Murwillumbah won the competition for the first time in the school's history, taking home the Hume-Barbour/English Speaking Union Trophy. The school was represented by Grace Vining, Laksmi Govindasamy, Pierce Wilcox and Sam Cross.

The University's Faculty of Education and Social Work was one of the supporters of the event, with Dr John Hughes chairing the final. University debaters Ivan Ah Sam, Julia Bowes and Hamish Nairn acted as adjudicators.


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