“This House Believes the Rise of Tech Empires Threatens Society”
Facebook, Google, and Amazon have made communication and commerce considerately easier in a globalised world, but has this come at the unacceptable cost of allowing anoligopolyin the technology sector to grow too powerful?
“My argument today is simple: acknowledge that tech empires can be dangerous, create inconveniences and cause problems. But more importantly, I would like to propose that society is not static, and that we can offer adequate insurance against even the most adverse impacts.”
Speeches alternate between the two sides, starting with the first government speech, and are usually up to either five or seven minutes in length.
首相 PM (Prime Minister)
反对党首领 LO（Leader of the Opposition）
副首相 DPM (Deputy Prime Minister)
反对党副领袖 DLO（Deputy Leader of the Opposition）
政府成员：GM (Government Member)
反对党成员：OM (Members of the Opposition)
政府党鞭：GW (Government Whip）
反对党党鞭：OW (Opposition Whip）
Hence, speakers within the same team cooperate but teams on the same side do not cooperate during the debate, and instead try tooutmanoeuvreeach other. The teams are then ranked first to fourth in the debate. Each of the teams has a specific role in the debate.
Knifing is a term used to describe the act of one debater contradicting what his teammate has said. Although originally used to describe only British Parliamentary, it has been applied to all forms of debate.