Motions

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Neil Harvey-Smith simply defines motions as “the topic for debate, worded “This House…”” (p.186) Essentially this house is the group that is proposing an action and that proposed action is the statement that follows.

In this page you will find hundreds of motions, many of them suggested by users, and some from tournaments that you may use as you wish. The intention of this list to give you ideas for possible debate motions so we have also included motions from the Debatabase. Where the proposer of the motion is known this also shows.

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This House would abolish credit
This House would abolish government funding of private schools
This House would abolish grading in schools
This house would abolish intellectual property rights
John Engle
This House Would Abolish nuclear weapons
Mark Dellora
This house would abolish plea bargaining
This House would abolish school summer holidays
This House would abolish special purpose schools.
This House would abolish standardized tests for University Admission
This House would abolish the immunity of diplomats
This house would abolish the minimum wage
This House would abolish the monarchy.
Stephanie Clayton
This House would abolish the retirement age
This house would abolish the security council veto
Mark Dellora
This House would abolish the single European currency
This House would Abolish the Superdelegate System for Democratic Party Conventions.
Nick Bibby
This House would abolish the US Electoral College
Nick Bibby
This House would abolish welfare services for the poor and give them the equivalent in cash instead
This House would act to regulate the activities of Sovereign Wealth Funds
Alastair Endersby
This House would adopt a foreign policy of neutrality
This House would adopt proportional representation
This house would adopt the alternative vote
Charlotte R Jones
This House would adopt the sustainable development goals
This House would allow a referendum on Catalan independence
This House would allow abortion at all stages of pregnancy
This House would allow biased versions of history to be taught in schools
This House would allow celebrities to switch off the limelight
Nick Bibby
This house would allow child labor in thirld world countries
This House would allow cohabiting couples who wish to end their relationships to request that the courts supervise the division of their property
This house would allow constituents to recall their elected representatives
This house would allow convicted criminals the choice between their sentence and the same number of years of weekly corporal punishment
This house would allow doctors to lie to patients in order to use the placebo effect
This House would allow donations of vital organs even at the expense of the donor's life
Olivia Sundberg
This House would allow employers full access to social networking of their potential employees
This house would allow gay couples to marry
Mark Dellora
This House would allow individual soldiers to opt-out of specific operations
This House would allow internet service providers to block access to extremist websites
John Engle
This house would allow military recruitment in schools
This house would allow only women to bear arms
This House would allow openly homosexual individuals to serve in the army
This House would allow parents to genetically screen foetuses for heritable diseases
This House would allow parents to monitor their children's online and mobile communications.
Nathaniel
This house would allow people to sell their organs on the open market
This House would allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to consumers
This House would allow prisoners to choose death over life imprisonment
This house would allow prisoners to vote
Mark Dellora
This house would allow retailers to import for resale "grey" goods from abroad.
This House would allow students a free choice of hairstyle
This House would allow the display of the Swastika in public places
This House would allow the government to access its citizens personal information in the interest of national security