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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 welcomes the demise of religion
This house would ban the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) or Jesus.
This House Would encourage the separation Muslims and Hindus in India
(for countries that dont already have it) This House would implement equal pay legislation
Abolish statutes of limitations on all felonies
Actively circumventing Internet censorship is a legitimate foreign policy tool
Are Multiple Vaccines Safe?
Corporal Punishment for Adult Offenders
Deny Organs to Non-Donors
European Parliament elections should involve only one voting district: all of Europe and not separate country seats
Every child should have a mobile phone. (Junior)
Governments should prioritise spending money on youth
Homework is a waste of time. (Junior)
Is it worth voting? (First past the post systems)
Neo-functionalism explains the integration of the European Union
Obama vs. Romney: Does campaign finance in the United States need to be fixed?
Obama vs. Romney: Should the U.S. Government continue to spend at current levels even if it means raising taxes
Obama vs. Romney: Should the United States increase the foreign aid budget?
Obama vs. Romney: Should the United States scale back the War on Drugs?
Poetry should not be taught in schools (Junior)
Ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Resolved: Adaptation should be the most urgent response to Climate Change.
Should a new global body, the United Nations Committee for Internet Related Policies, take over internet governance?
Should governments be allowed to disrupt Internet service on grounds of national security?
Should the UN Recognize a Palestinian State?
Should we fear the power of government over the Internet?
TH believes that memes do more harm than good
TH prefers technocracy to democracy
TH regrets joining Facebook
TH regrets strong society norms in favour of monogamy
TH regrets the Arab Spring
TH regrets the declIne of labor unions.
TH regrets the existence of Valentine’s Day
TH regrets the founding of the European Union
TH regrets the influence of YouTube on popular culture
TH regrets the stigma against speaking critically of recently deceased celebrity figures
TH regrets Zimbabwe's 2013 elections
TH supports campaigns like "Kony 2012”
TH supports the use of bounty hunters in law enforcement
TH welcomes the advent of extreme genetic advancements for humans
TH, as Aljazeera, would have broadcasted the videos of the Toulouse attacks.
That all states should immediately ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families.
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
THB that Palestinian Statehood should be recognised by the United Nations General Assembly
THB that sex education classes should include sexual fetishes with the aim of normalising them