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 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
This House supports the use of genetically engineered plants in developing countries
This House supports the use of truth and reconciliation commissions
Alastair Endersby
This House wants a line-item veto amendment
Alastair Endersby
This House welcomes US help in fighting terrorist organisations in Africa
This House would abolish congressional earmarks
Alastair Endersby
This House would "out" gay celebrities
Pamela Cohn
This House Would (as a Christian Church) allow the ordination of gay and lesbian priests
James Laurenson
This House Would (as Scotland) hold a second referendum on independence
This House would (as the United States Federal Government) substantially increase funding for free and subsidised public transportation
This House would abandon Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria
This House would abandon the timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan
Jordan Anderson
This House would abolish agricultural subsidies
This House would abolish all collective bargaining rights claimed by trades unions
This house would abolish all term-limits on the service of elected heads of state
This House would abolish collective bargaining rights for unions.
Zal Shukla
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