The Years 11&12 Premier's Debating Challenge is the oldest competition of its kind in NSW. It began in 1930 with the generous donation of the trophy by Miss Hume-Barbour, a descendant of Hume the explorer. Initially only boys’ schools in the metropolitan area were eligible to enter; from 2001 the competition became statewide.
The competition, which is open to senior students in government schools, takes the form of one hour preparation debates with both sides having a choice of three topics. All teams are grouped into zones of four or five schools for the round robin level of the competition and after the zone winners have been determined the competition enters a knock-out phase.
2017 State Final
On Friday 4 August teams from North Sydney Girls High and Smiths Hill High met in the final at the Great Hall of the University of Sydney. Smiths Hill, arguing the Negative of the topic 'That we should have quotas for women in parliament' were successful. The team consisted of Arin Tornyi-Aydin, Henry Kocatekin, Elinor Stephenson and Tommy Polden.
You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here
, and you can watch the 2017 final below by either clicking play, or if you click on the title you'll be taken to Vimeo to watch the debate. There you'll have more options like being able to download the video or jump between speakers by clicking on their times. Congratulations to North Sydney Girls and Smiths Hill, and to everyone who made the competition such a success.