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 that contribution to society not wealth should be the measure of an individual's worth
This House believes that corporations should be held responsible for abuses committed by their contracted service providers
This House believes that countries affected by haze should pay indonesia to stop slash and burn algriculture
THIS HOUSE BELIEVES that countries which suffer from natural disasters should receive debt relief
This House believes that countries with a history of colonialism should open their borders to any migrant from their former colonies
This House believes that countries with an imbalanced male/female ratio skewed towards males should encourage parents to produce girls.
This House believes that countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single, tradable permit to have a child
This House believes that countries with growing middle class (such as China) should no longer condone counterfeit goods
This House believes that coursework is more important than examinations
This House believes that dealing with economic inequality is more important than dealing with gender inequality
This House believes that dedication is more important than talent
This House believes that defending the enemies of one's nation is legitimate free speech
Nick Bibby
This House believes that democracy has failed
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 demonstrating is a waste of time
This house believes that developed countries have a higher obligation to combat climate change than developing countries
This House believes that developed nations should automatically accept asylum applications from climate change refugees
This House believes that developing nations should place restrictions on rural-urban migration
This House believes that disbanding all militaries is necessary for global peace
This House Believes That diversity should not be a criteria for university entry
This House believes that doctors should be allowed to prescribe contraception for under-age girls
Clare Elliott
This House believes that downloading music without permission is morally equivalent to theft
James Laurenson
This House believes that drone strikes should be considered unlawful
This House believes that economics has more influence on our lives than politics
This House believes that education is the responsibility of parents
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
Jordan Anderson
This House believes that entrepreneurship is the way out of economic crisis.
This House believes that Eritrea is responsible for its isolation
This House believes that ethics in business is good for business
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 examinations are a good way for measure competency
This House believes that family background determines the success of students
This house believes that Federal States are better than unitary nations
Gareth Williams
This House Believes That Feminism Is Still Needed
Rebecca Keating
This House believes that film stars, music stars and other popular entertainers should not be participating in party-political campaigns
Amanda Moorghen
This House Believes That firearms should be banned worldwide
This House believes that former colonial powers should pay reparations to former colonies
Clare Elliott
This House believes that free speech in the UK should include social media
Dina
This House believes that freedom of expression is more important than religious sensitivities
Nick Bibby
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
Nadia
This House believes that girls are better than boys
This House believes that globalised pop culture has ruined local cultural identities
This house believes that globalization is only repackaged imperialism