World Series Debating
One of the most popular events of the annual Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Debate was filmed over several years by ABC TV.
That Men Deserve More Respect
Recorded in the Legislative Council Chamber, Parliament House, Brisbane.
Affirmative: Wendy Harmer, Hugh Lunn, Robyn Archer
Negative: Andrew Denton, Ruth Ostrow, Ignatius Jones
Is Laughter better than Sex?
This debate is hotly contested by those seasoned professionals Michael Gorton and Brett Jones, State Debating Champions, dismissed by the dour Scot Steve Crabb, Minister for Tourism, wryly affirmed by an eight and a half month pregnant Jane Clifton, and verbally assaulted by the ABC's Andrew Denton and JJJ's H.G.Nelson
That Australia is the Arts End of the World
Recorded at the State Theatre in Sydney
Affirmative: Robyn Archer, Louise Adler, Margaret Scott
Negative: Jean Kittson, John Herouvim, Bob Ellis
That Australia Needs the Royal Family
Recorded at the 1993 Canberra Theatre Company's Comedy Summit.
Affirmative: Andrew Denton, Senator Bronwyn Bishop, Paul Lyneham
Negative: Wendy Harmer, Senator Graham Richardson, Malcolm Turnbull
That Elections are a Waste of Time
This is a comedy debate from the Old Parliament House
Affirmative: Wendy Harmer, Chris Puplick, Daniel Mulino
Negative: Ruth Cracknell, John Brown, Andrew Denton
That Football is Stupid
Campbell McComas introduces two teams of 3 people consisting of: Wendy Harmer, Edmund Capon, Lex Marinos, HG Nelson, Laurie Lawrence, Andrew Denton debating "That Football Is Stupid"
That God has no Sense of Humour
Recorded at Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide. Affirmative: Andrew Denton, Francis Grenslade, Robyn Williams Negative: Wendy Harmer, Richard Neville, Rachel Berger
That Lawyers Have Lost Their Appeal
Recorded at the Convention Centre in Melbourne
Affirmative: Tim Ferguson, Lisbeth Gore, David Lange
Negative: Penny Biggins, Ross Harper, Peter Moon
That Beauty is Better Than Brains
Recorded at the State Theatre, Sydney
Affirmative: Wendy Harmer, Jean Kittson, Tim Ferguson
Negative: Margaret Scott, Lex Marinos, Ita Buttrose
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