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Asian Parliamentary Debate is a debate format, similar to American Parliamentary Debate, in which two teams of three compete in each match.

Asian Parliamentary Debate Topics
Below is a list of featured Asian Parliamentary Topics. A complete list of Asian Parliamentary topics can be found at Category:Asian Parliamentary Debate Topics.


Speaker Roles in Asian Parliamentary Debate

Government:

Prime Minister

  • Define context and parameters of debate. For example, in an open motion like "This House Would Support Musicians", the debate could be contextualized into whether music should be a commodity for trade, or it should be available gratis (i.e. free music download and transfer)
  • Provide concise background or history leading to the issue
  • Give framework of government bench's case. I.e. mechanisms (if any), argumentation flow (what PM argument is, what DPM will talk about)
  • Introduce 1st argument
  • Assert government stand


Deputy Prime Minister

  • Rebut first argument from Leader of Opposition
  • Introduce 2nd and 3rd argument
  • Reassert stand and government case


Government Whip

  • Rebut Deputy Leader of Opposition, and Leader of Opposition
  • Provide a deeper level of analysis for previous arguments and rebuttals
  • No new arguments, but new angles of arguments should be given
  • Reassert government stand and case

Opposition:

Leader of Opposition

  • Agree or disagree with context/ parameters of debate (any definitional challenges, accusations of squirreling, or unfair set up should be made from the LO speech and no later)
  • Rebut Prime Minister's argument
  • Give framework for Opposition case (if Opp agrees to problem, then their case should provide solution, or at least effectively highlight how Government proposal will worsen the situation)
  • Introduce first Opposition argument
  • Assert Opposition stand


Deputy Leader of Opposition

  • Rebut DPM's and PM's arguments
  • Introduce 1st and 2nd (if any) argument
  • Reassert Opposition stand and case


Opposition Whip

  • Rebut DPM, PM arguments
  • Provide a deeper level of analysis for previous arguments and rebuttals
  • No new arguments, but new angles of arguments should be given
  • Reassert opposition stand and case

Reply Speech:

  • Can only be done by either 1st or 2nd speaker from each bench
  • Provide a biased 'oral adjudication' of why the debate should go to own bench
  • Highlight issues you think your side won, carefully tiptoe around issues you think you lost
  • New examples to expand on discussed examples is usually allowed and makes the reply speech sound fresh as opposed to verbal regurgitation
  • Reassert stand

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Most importantly, try to have fun while you're doing all this. ;)


Strategies & Tips for Limited Preparation Debating


Learn More About Asian Parliamentary Debate

In Asian Style, there are 2 teams - Government and Opposition. Each team has 3 members and each team gives 4 speeches. The format is a limited preparation format, meaning that the topic is announced, depending on the tournament, roughly 30 minutes before the debate.

The 3 members of the Government should defend the motion. The 3 members of the team, each of which gives a 7 minute speech, are:

  • 1) Prime Minister
  • 2) Deputy Prime Minister
  • 3) Government Whip

One speaker from the Government team - either the Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister - is charged with giving a 4 minute reply speech that clarifies the debate from the Government perspective without bringing forth new arguments.

The 3 members of the Opposition team should negate the motion and refute arguments brought forth by the Government. The 3 members of the team, each of which gives a 7 minute speech, are:

  • 1) Leader of Opposition
  • 2) Deputy Leader of Opposition
  • 3) Opposition Whip

Like the Government team, one speaker from the Opposition team - either the Leader of Opposition or Deputy Leader of Opposition - is charged with giving a 4 minute reply speech that clarifies the debate from the Opposition perspective without bringing forth new arguments.

In the 7 minute speeches, the opposing team can stand up and ask for Points of Information (POI) after the first minute and until the sixth minute. A POI should be a brief question or comment and not a long-winded monologue or back and forth cross examination session.

A complete list of Debatepedia articles related to this topic can be found at Category:Asian Parliamentary Debate.
Asian Parliamentary General Information Pages
External Links

Varsity Club and Society Pages

Independent Pages

Tournaments

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