Australs Topic Selection
This is a means of working out a topic designed for tournaments. It is in use in the WODC and other formats.
- After a round is picked, participants in debates are presented with 3 set topics.
- They have one day to rank these topics from 1 (their most preferred), to 3 (their least preferred), with a 2 being offered to the remaining topic.
- Should a debater fail to provide these rankings on time, the round will be forfeit.
- The rankings should be provided to the tournament director.
The director will then advise both parties of the topic using this format:
- If both parties picked different #3 topics, the remaining topic is debated
- If both picked the same #1, that topic is debated
- If both picked the same #1 but picked #1 and #2 in the opposite order, a coin is tossed between those two topics.
The aim of this system is to increase overall fairness, efficiency and balance individual topic preferences with pre-set topics. It is most famously used in the second-largest international tournament, the Australasian championships.
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