Debate the Future of America 2016

This is a unique opportunity for students to debate real world issues and deepen their awareness of the strong links between the US and Australia. Teams will compete for the grand prize of three Wi-Fi iPad Airs for their school.

High school students will debate some of the major issues in the United States today. 

The elimination rounds will take place at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney on the following dates:

  • Round 1 – Wednesday 3 August, 4:30pm 
  • Round 2 – Wednesday 10 August, 4:30pm 
  • Round 3 – Wednesday 17 August, 4:30pm 

The final will be held during the University of Sydney’s Open Day on Saturday 27 August 2016 on campus.

The competition is open to Year 11 NSW high school students. Only one team per school may enter.


Applications for the 2016 competition have now closed.

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