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 favours a common EU foreign policy
This House favours community service over imprisonment
This House favours multilateral aid.
Annie Jackson
This House is dreaming of a white Christmas. (Junior)
This House opposes televising all criminal trials, and the ICC is no exception
This House opposes U.S. hegemonic military power
Angela Gunn
This House prefers a philosopher king to a tyrannical democracy
This House prefers hiring people who love their profession even if they do not have excellent skills, to people with excellent skills but without love of their profession.
This House prefers its government Big and Beefy
Nick Bibby
This House prefers trade to aid
This House regrets that Ariel Sharon was not tried for war crimes by an international court
This House regrets that the Western media has demonized Islamic terrorists, rather than portraying them as criminals with legitimate political grievances.
This House regrets the choice of Brazil as fifa 2014 worldcup host
This House regrets the commodification of indigenous cultures
This House regrets the increasing popularity of dystopian novels
This House regrets the influence of tv and films on children
This House regrets the influence of YouTube on popular culture
This house regrets the rise of teen idols
This House should treat on-field violence as assault.
This House supports a progressive tax rate
This House supports a technocratic government in times of dire financial crisis
This house supports a US millitary presence in East Asia
This House supports countries spying on each other
This House supports genetic research
This House supports head of state immunity
This house supports home schooling
This House supports human intervention to modify the weather
This House Supports India’s Ban on the Satanic Verses
James Laurenson
This House supports mandatory sentencing
Angela Gunn
This House supports net neutrality legislation
Nick Bibby
This House supports protection of the French Language in the face of Franglais
Rosie Macleod
This House supports public service broadcasters
Robert Wright
This House supports racial quotas in South African rugby
This House supports random drug-testing in schools
Jordan Anderson
This House Supports Scottish Independence
Nick Bibby
This House supports security profiling at airports
Jordan Anderson
This house supports selective education
This house supports the admission of Turkey to the EU
David Pavlovski
This House supports the Chapter 11 bankruptcy laws
This House supports the creation of a Free Trade Area of the Americas. (FTAA)
This house supports the creation of single-race public schools
This House supports the Dalai Lama’s ‘third way’ in Tibet.
Jordan Anderson
This House supports the death penalty
Riva Gold
This House supports the death penalty for the worst of the worst
This House supports the decision of the state of Bavaria to publish Mein Kampf
Nick Bibby
This House supports the development of a missile defence system
John Engle
This house supports the idea of participatory democracy
This House supports the legalisation of drugs
Megan Stodel
This House Supports the New START Treaty
Jordan Anderson
This House supports the use of bounty hunters in law enforcement