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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 that children should have the right decide if they want to write in pen or pencil
This house believes that civic tests are effective means for deciding whether someone should be granted citizenship
This house believes that civil society should be granted a wider participation in Africa’s political life
This house believes that consent is not a source of moral legitimacy
THIS HOUSE BELIEVES that countries which suffer from natural disasters should receive debt relief
This House believes that countries with an imbalanced male/female ratio skewed towards males should encourage parents to produce girls.
This House believes that defending the enemies of one's nation is legitimate free speech
This House believes that democracy is the only legitimate form of government
This House believes that democratic governments should require voters to present photo identification at the polling station.
This house believes that developed countries have a higher obligation to combat climate change than developing countries
This House believes that developing nations should place restrictions on rural-urban migration
This House believes that doctors should be allowed to prescribe contraception for under-age girls
This House believes that downloading music without permission is morally equivalent to theft
This House believes that elected representatives should not hold any additional posts while serving in government
This House Believes That Employees Should Be Compelled To Disclose Their HIV Status to Employers
This House believes that endangered species should be protected
This House believes that Eritrea is responsible for its isolation
This House believes that Europe should weaken its austerity measures to guarantee its citizens greater social support.
This House believes that European governments should impose austerity to eliminate their deficits.
This house believes that European States should end all funding for the arts until everyone lives above the poverty level
This House Believes that Evolution has Disproved Creationism
This house believes that Federal States are better than unitary nations
This House Believes That Feminism Is Still Needed
This House believes that film stars, music stars and other popular entertainers should not be participating in party-political campaigns
This House Believes That firearms should be banned worldwide
This House believes that former colonial powers should pay reparations to former colonies
This House believes that free speech in the UK should include social media
This House believes that freedom of expression is more important than religious sensitivities
This house believes that full-body scanners are worthwhile
This House believes that gender quotas in the EU are advantageous for the economies of member states
This House believes that God exists
This House believes that google should not limit access to 'the innocence of Muslim's'
This House believes that Google shouldn’t censor its search results in China
This House believes that government does more for liberty than the market does
This House believes that governments should pay compensation for terrorist atrocities committed by their citizens
This House believes that Greece should default on its debt and return to the Drachma.
This House believes that Greek far-right political party “Golden Dawn” should be expelled from parliament and banned from participating in future elections.
This House believes that hate crime 'enhancements' are unjust
This House believes that history has no place in the classroom
This House believes that Holocaust denial should be a criminal offence
This house believes that hosting the Olympics is a good investment
This house believes that housewives should be paid for their work
This house believes that illegal downloading is not criminal
This House believes that important decisions about children’s health should be made by medical professionals and not by their parents
This house believes that in the event of a Syrian border attack on Turkey, NATO should come to the aid of Turkey
This House believes that indiscriminate NSA surveillance of the rest of the world hurts the United States
This house believes that internet access is a human right
This House believes that Israel should lift the blockade of Gaza
This House believes that Israel should recognise the Palestinian right of return
This House believes that Israel's 2008-2009 military operations against Gaza were justified