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 believes Nollywood could be an effective instrument to change perceptions of Africa
This House Believes NSA Spying was Justified
This House Believes Obama was right to agree to meet rogue leaders without preconditions.
Ina Subulica
This House believes only those who contribute more in taxes than they receive in benefits should vote
This house believes parents should be able to choose the sex of their children
This House believes parents should have the right to track their children
This House believes parents should let teenagers make their own decisions
This House believes patriotism does more harm than good
This house Believes People Should Not Keep Pets
This house believes poetry is an unnecessary burden for schools.
This House believes politicians have no right to privacy
John Engle
This House believes post conflict peace cannot be sustained without impartial justice.
This House believes poverty can be eleminated by investing in education
This House believes pre-kindergarden education should same as kindergarden
This House believes prison should focus on education and skills
This House believes prosecutions help the healing process
This house believes Quebec should secede from Canada
Pamela Cohn
This House believes race is not just a social construction
This House believes reality television does more harm than good
This House believes reality television shows helpful in spotting talent
This House believes Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to run an international media corporation
This House believes Russia has the right to send troops into Crimea
This house believes sanctions should be used to promote democracy
Audrey Dennis
This house believes schools should prohibit students from dating
This House believes schools should use surveillance cameras
This House believes science is a threat to humanity
This house believes self-determination of peoples is a human right
Andrew Hume
This House believes single-sex schools are good for education
This House believes social deprivation causes crime.
Amy Robinson
This House believes social networking increases social problems among teenagers
This House Believes Socialism is Dead
Nick Bibby
This House believes South Africa should host an Olympics
This house believes South Ossetia should be independent
Jordan Anderson
This House believes South Sudan is a failed state
This house believes Spain should cede Ceuta and Melilla to Morocco
This house believes Sperm and egg donors should retain their anonymity
This house believes states are justified in waging war in response to terrorist acts
This House believes states should offer citizenship to all children born in that state
This House believes students should take a gap year before college
This House believes subsidies on fuel should be eliminated
This House believes technology is killing our creativity
This House believes Tennessee is correct to protect teachers who wish to explore the merits of creationism
This House Believes Terrorism can be justified
Sophie Zeelenberg
This House believes that a cap-and-trade system is preferable to a carbon tax in reducing carbon emissions.
This House believes that a good husband makes a good wife
This House believes that a legal qualification is worth the cost
This House Believes that academic performance is the best indicator of potential for sucessful life
This house believes that Advertising creates artificial needs
This House believes that advertising is harmful
This House Believes That all forms of art should not be subjected to censorship