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24 April 2008

DCAs for Monash Australs 2009 Bid

Monash have announced their adjudication team for their bid to host Australs in 2009.

From australs list

The Monash Association of Debaters is pleased to announce that Leloy Claudio, Sayeqa Islam and Jason Jarvis will be the Deputy Chief Adjudicators of Monash Australs 2009. They join Jacob Clifton to form an incredibly experienced, successful and approachable adjudication team for the tournament. The adjudication core are deeply committed to the development of debating, and in addition to topic selection and adjudicator allocation will be bringing their wealth of skills to bear to produce high quality training materials and workshops in the lead up to the tournament.

Leloy Claudio
Leloy has an outstanding record of debating success at Australs having broken at the previous four Australasian Championships whilst debating for Ateneo de Manila University (Phillipines.) A Grand-Finalist at UQ Australs in 2005, Leloy was a top 10 speaker at both UT Mara and Vic Wellington Australs. As well as enjoying Australs success he is a 3 time Asian Champion and has broken twice at the World University Debating Championships. Leloy has crucial experience in ensuring fair and effective processes for the tournament, serving as the Chief Adjudicator of the 2006 Phillipine National Championship and the Tournament Director of Ateneo Australs 2008.

Sayeqa Islam
Sayeqa is the reigning best speaker in Australasia based on her success at UiTM Australs, where she was also Runner Up and best speaker of the Grand Final. In the British Parliamentary format Sayeqa won the Cambridge IV and was a finalist at the Oxford IV and Australian Women's BP Championships, where she was the best speaker for 2007. Sayeqa also has extensive experience as a coach and administrator, coaching the 2005 New Zealand Schools Debating team and serving as the Presdient of the Victoria University debating society in 2004. Sayeqa was awarded Victoria University Sportsperson of the year for her achievements in debating.

Jason Jarvis
Jason brings a wealth of adjudication and coaching experience to our DCA team. He has judged the finals of numerous Australs and Worlds and has been the Chief Adjudicator of a number of tournaments including the 14th All Asian Debate Championship in Korea in 2007 and the Northeast Asian Open in 2003, 2004 and 2005, which he founded. He was also a Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the Asian University Debate Championship in Singapore in 2005 and the 15th All Asian Debate Championship in Dhaka in Bangladesh this year. Jason has been a key figure in the development of debate throughout North Asia. He is a Professor at the Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management and is the director of the Asian Debate Institute, which has taught debating to hundreds of university and school students over the last 5 years.


  1. Anonymous11:40 am

    Judging from that list, Monash must really want to host this year. It's a travesty Australia has not hosted since 2005, and keeps getting rolled on the numbers.

  2. To be fair, there's only been one Australian bid in that time.

    That said, it would be a shame if voting this year were to go down regional lines. Institutions should vote on broader issues than just which bid is closest to them.

  3. Anonymous7:11 am

    I almost half hope there is a mass boycott from Australian universities if the IV is not in Australia next time. There is really no justification for it. It is nice that some Asian universities are so well organised and funded that they can continually bid to host IVs, but it is really getting ridiculous. The IVs need to be shared around to develop different regions more equitably. Worlds bidding has suffered from the same problem lately. It is ridiculous for Australia to have not hosted since 2000.

  4. Tom Chapman7:28 am

    In case there's anybody reading this in Asia or New Zealand, I think I can categorically state that there will not be a mass boycott of Australs should an Australian university not win the bid.

    Anonymous, whoever you are, please refrain from posting inflammatory comments proposing radical and counterproductive actions on public websites. At least put your name to them if you do.

    For the record, Australs has been in Sydney in 2004, Brisbane in 2005, Wellington in 2006, Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and Manila in 2008, so its being shared around quite well. I think it would make sense to bring it back to Melbourne in 2009.

  5. Anonymous11:18 am

    I will be interested to hear the reaction if Japan wins. Moreso when we see who the DCAs are...


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