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The DAV is a non-profit association which exists to promote debate. It is the peak debating body in Victoria and runs large competitions for adults and for schools across Victoria. It provides training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators.

Points of Information Podcast

A podcast by the DAV discussing all things debating! If you have a question you’d like answered on the podcast you can email it to publications@dav.com.au.

Episodes

Introducing Points of Information!

20 Jun 2019

The DAV's debate-focused podcast, where a panel of some of the association's best and most outgoing adjudicators discuss debating tips for our schools competition debaters. In this first episode, the team does a re-cap of some of the round two topics, before discussion how to improve manner, what some common debating traps are, and how adjudication works. With Alexander Gregory, Arya Jithoo, Isabella Kruzas and Mitchell Dye.

 

Points of Secret Topics

29 Jul 2019

The DAV's debate-focused podcast, where a panel of some of the association's best and most outgoing adjudicators discuss debating tips for our schools competition debaters. In this first episode, the team does a re-cap of some of the round two topics, before discussion how to improve manner, what some common debating traps are, and how adjudication works. With Alexander Gregory, Elmira Cheung, Isabella Leach and Johnathan Benny.

 

End of Schools, Middle of Finals, Start of JSP

26 Aug 2019

The DAV's debate-focused podcast, where a panel of some of the association's best and most outgoing adjudicators discuss debating tips for our schools competition debaters. With one year down the panel discuss some of the ups and downs of the last year of debating, and look forward to the upcoming finals and junior secondary program. With Alexander Gregory, Elmira Cheung, Mitchell Dye and Jesse Heath.

 

The Basics of Definitions, Models and Rebuttals

10 Oct 2019

The DAV's debate-focused podcast, where a panel of some of the association's best and most outgoing adjudicators discuss debating tips for our schools competition debaters. With the Junior Secondary Program in full swing, the panel is looking at some of the best advice for beginner debaters, covering definitions, models, and rebuttals. With Alexander Gregory, Isabella Leach and Joel Cripps

 

The Basics of Signposting and Brainstorming

13 Nov 2019

The DAV's debate-focused podcast, where a panel of some of the association's best and most outgoing adjudicators discuss debating tips for our schools competition debaters. With the Junior Secondary Program in full swing, the panel is still looking at some of the best advice for beginner (and senior) debaters, covering signposting and brainstorming. With Alexander Gregory, Jesse Heath, Joel Cripps and Jonathan Benney

 

Predictions for the Year Ahead

31 Jan 2020

The DAV's debate-focused podcast, where a panel of some of the association's best and most outgoing adjudicators discuss debating tips for our schools competition debaters. The schools competition topics for 2020 have just been released, and the panel is discussing the new topics, issuing challenges and making some predictions. With Alexander Gregory, Michael Donaghue-Evans and Tara O'Toole

 

Round One Recap

04 May 2020

While Victoria may be in Lockdown, there's still a panel of adjudicators out there, joining together online to bring you a recap of the (interrupted) round one of the schools competition. In this round the panel is providing in-depth analysis of how the various different round one topics went down, as well as providing some tips for approaching empirical topics. With Alexander Gregory, Elmira Cheung, Joel Cripps and Jonathan Benney

 

The Public Speaking Episode

08 May 2020

For this episode the panel are ignoring debating to focus on the public speaking. Focusing on how public speaking is scored, and how to improve your manner and matter as well as some other tips for the upcoming public speaking competition. With Alexander Gregory, Charisma Taylor, Kim Hitchcock and Tracey Chau

 

The MASDC Competition

05 Jun 2020

With the schools competition on pause the panel is turning their attention to the current Monash Asia Studies Debating Competition (MASDC), which is currently taking place online. With discussion about the topics, upcoming debates, and how to get involved. With Alexander Gregory, Alisdair Gurling, Hannah Kuhar and Sophia Frentz

 

The Myth-Busting Episode

18 Jun 2020

The schools competition is resuming in an online format, so the panel of adjudicators are taking the time to look over some common debating and adjudication misconceptions, everything from openings to conclusions and everything in-between. With Alexander Gregory, Joel Cripps, Mitchell Dye and Sophia Frentz

 

The Online Competition Discussion

20 Jul 2020

With round 2 of the schools competition now wrapping up, the Points of Information panel is going through the topics and discussing how well the topics were debated, as well as some of the issues and interests of running and debating in an online competition. With Alexander Gregory, Carina Field, Gajan Thiyagarajah and Vivan Lai-Tran

 

Secret Topics in Online Competitions

07 Sep 2020

With round 3 of 2020's online schools competition now over the panel is looking at how well teams fared for their first round of online secret topics in a regular round review format, as well as doing a regular round review of the D-grade topic. With Alexander Gregory, Elmira Cheung, Jacqui Presedge and Luisa Romeo