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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That The UK Should Have a Written Constitution
THb chilren should be raised without a concept of gender
THB India should remove its ban on 'The Satanic Verses'
THB it is legitimate to use violence to defend private property
THB Parents Should Choose Not To Send Their Children To Private School
THB that Danish newspapers should not have published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed
Michael Magdzik
THB that Palestinian Statehood should be recognised by the United Nations General Assembly
Nick Bibby
THB that sex education classes should include sexual fetishes with the aim of normalising them
THB that the word 'Nigger' should never be banned.
THB that the world can learn to live with a nuclear armed Iran
THB the Israeli Army should adopt a policy of shooting to kill their own comrades where they are likely to be captured
THB the Protection of National Identity is a Legitimate Reason to Restrict Immigration
THB universities everywhere should compete to attract the most qualified students, regardless of nationality or residence.
Nick Bibby
THBT adults can consent to anything
THBT Alice has no obligation to obey the laws of Wonderland
THBT all robots should be built according to Asimov’s three laws
THBT all teachers should openly declare their sexuality to their pupils
THBT change comes through molotov cocktails, not with a voting ballot
THBT coming cuts in USA military spending will make the world a better place
THBT cosmetic products are empowering for women
THBT countries that are approaching economic disaster should suspend democratic elections and appoint a government of experts
THBT democratic governments should own their own broadcasting corporations
THBT democratic governments should own their own broadcasting corporations
THBT desecrating religious sites is a legitimate tactic in war
THBT developed countries should fund projects to mitigate the impact of climate change in developing countries
THBT doctors should be allowed to change the sexual orientation of consenting subjects
THBT Donald Trump was justified in firing FBI Director James Comey
THBT education systems should promote equality of outcome over equality of opportunity
THBT extreme inequality is grounds for violent revolution
THBT Feminism has Run its Course
THBT film stars, music stars & other popular entertainers should be prohibited from participating in political campaigns
THBT First Nations' Peoples (eg. Native Am's in the US or Aboriginal AUS) Who Live In Geographically Seperate Areas Should Be Given Complete Autonomous Self-Government.
THBT foreign aid does more harm than good
THBT globalisation is imperialism repackaged
THBT greed is good
THBT human shields are a legitimate tactic in war
THBT humankind should seek to abolish natural pregnancy
THBT it is impossible to defeat insurgency on the battlefield
THBT it is legitimate for nations to lie in history textbooks
THBT medics should practise what they preach
THBT national sports teams should reflect the diversity of their national populations
THBT New York City has the right to regulate the size of sodas bought on the market.
THBT non-essential spending makes you responsible for the deaths of starving African children
THBT Palestinian terrorism is legitimate
THBT Palestinians should accept complete demilitarisation in return for a guaranteed sovereign state
THBT parents have the right to choose the sex of their children
THBT post-revolution states should delegate all trials and sentencing of former rulers and high ranking officials to the international community
THBT retribution should not be a part of the criminal justice system
THBT RnB stars with a sexualised persona such as Rihanna are empowering to women
THBT schools should inculcate the religious beliefs of the majority