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Scotch successful at Monash University’s inaugural Viewpoint Economics debating competition

WORDS: TOM TREFFRY – 2009 DEBATING CAPTAIN

Will Harms, Tom Treffry and Nick Yates

In May 2009 Monash University launched its first Viewpoint Economics debating competition, aiming to allow students to develop their knowledge of economic issues, as well as honing their debating skills. Two Scotch teams competed, debating topics ranging from the question of exporting uranium to the trade sanctions that exist on North Korea. The first team, consisting of Year 12 boys Will Harms, Tom Treffry and Nick Yates, made their way convincingly to the quarter-finals, as did the second team of Allan Quanchi (Year 11), Edwin Anderson (Year 10), Charles Kemp (Year 11), Paul Mitchell (Year 11) and Herman Rockefeller (Year 11). Under the guidance of the very capable Old Scotch Collegian and debater, Nick Tam (’06), the first Scotch team argued their way to the grand final, which was held at Federation Square on 29 May 2009 against Gippsland Grammar School.

The grand final was held in the BMW Edge Theatre, opened by the Victorian Minister of Education, Bronwyn Pike, and chaired by Red Symons from the ABC’s 774 local radio. Scotch argued the negative of the topic ‘That the Rudd Government should delay the emissions trading scheme in the interests of economic recovery’, in front of the five adjudicator panel consisting of prominent economists from industry as well as faculty heads from the university. Parents and fellow Scotch Collegians watched as the panel, in a unanimous decision, awarded Scotch the victory, and presented, for the very first time, the annual Monash Viewpoint Economics Trophy. Congratulations to all boys involved, and thanks to Nick Tam and Mr Ryan Johnstone for their help in the organisation of the competition. GS

Updated: Monday 24 June 2013