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31 December 2011

More Updates from Worlds

Well Round 9 at WUDC 2012 has just finished.  Come back here at midnight Manila time (4pm UK/Ireland) for full coverage of the break.  Most of the action and updates about Worlds has been ongoing on Twitter but here is a summary of the main points.

The motions so far are:
Round 1: This house would make fathers take paternity leave
Round 2: This house would prevent politicians from making fact claims,that, while not technically lies, are substantially misleading voters.
Round 3:  This house would force large companies who leave an area to cover the costs of structural unemployment. 
Round 4: This house would require individuals to use all their wealth beyond $5 million for philantrophic projects
Round 5: This house would require deaf parents to send their children, whether deaf or hearing, to mainstream schools for their primary and secondary education
Round 6: This house supports politicians who pass progressive legislation even when it is contrary to the wishes of the democratic electorate
Round 7: This house supports the free movement of labour worldwide
Round 8: This house would exempt academic disputes from defamation
Round 9: This would ban all private healthcare in favour of a comprehensive public healthcare system

Can Okar has assembled a partial tab using google docs.  You can view the data but contrary to my earlier post only Can can edit it.  Post an update on twitter using hashtag #wudc and cc @canokar to send him missing details. To view the list visit here
If you want you can even bet on the winner via this list. Make of that what you wish. I'm not one for betting but at the moment my tips would be Victoria Wellington or Oxford.

IDEA will be broadcasting live from WUDC.  If you want to follow a debate live from Worlds then visit  Hopefully they might have the break live.  
There is still no confirmed bid for Worlds 2014.  Indonesia were rumoured to be bidding but that now has been confirmed as a bid for 2015.  Beijing were also rumoured to be considering a bid but that now seems to be unlikely.  London, I presume ULU, and anunnamed North American University are still rumoured to be considering a bid.  It looks like no decision will be taken until a special council web-meeting in March.  Once again as I said on Twitter I will advise and assist any potential bids in any way I can.  A number of other WUDC alumni have also expressed a willingness to help.  Just contact me if you need anything.

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