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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 men should do half the cooking
This House believes military action to intervene during atrocities without United Nations Security Council approval can be legal.
This House believes mixed gender residences are preferable over single sex residences at universities
This House believes mothers should stay at home and look after their children.
This House believes motivation is more important for success than intelligence
This house believes NAFTA has benefitted all parties involved.
This House believes nations of the world should increase protection of the economic and social rights of migrants.
This House believes NATO countries and the government of Afghanistan should negotiate a power-sharing deal with the Taliban.
This House believes NATO has succeeded in Afghanistan
This House believes netiquettes cannot stop cyber crimes
This House believes Nigerians should be celebrating their centenary year, 2014
This House believes no election in Syria can be legitimate while Assad is a candidate
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.
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
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
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
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
This House believes single-sex schools are good for education
This House believes social deprivation causes crime.
This House believes social networking increases social problems among teenagers
This House Believes Socialism is Dead
This House believes South Africa should host an Olympics
This house believes South Ossetia should be independent
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 sportspeople are paid too much
This house believes states are justified in waging war in response to terrorist acts