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List of Past ISDA TopicsNotes from the Chief Adjudicator:
- Filter topics by clicking the drop-down boxes
- 2016 and 2017 seasons have not yet been added
- Topic areas may change and are not indicative of future topic areas of ISDA
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Primary = Year 5 and 6; Junior = Year 7 and 8; Intermediate = Year 9 and 10; Senior = Year 11 and 12
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Topic AreaAge BracketTopicYear
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EducationJuniorThat we should organise high schools classes by academic level instead of age.2020
165
EducationJuniorThat parents should never buy luxury items for their kids (eg. iPhones, jewellery, high end fashion)2019
166
EducationJuniorThat we should ban all forms of student leadership at schools (eg school captains, SRC, prefects)2019
167
EducationJuniorThat all Intermediate, 11, and 12 students should be required to have a part time job2018
168
EducationJuniorThat schools should not be allowed to search students' lockers2018
169
EducationJuniorThat we should punish students who fail to report bullying2018
170
EducationJuniorThat schools should not require students to wear uniforms2018
171
EducationJuniorThat we should pay teachers according to the performance of their students2018
172
EducationJuniorThat we should ban single-sex schools2018
173
EducationJuniorThat we should ban home schooling2015
174
EducationJuniorThat we should ban children from becoming professional models2015
175
EducationJuniorThat we should pay teachers according to the performance of their students2015
176
EducationJuniorThat schools should not be allowed to search students' lockers2014
177
EducationJuniorThat all high school students should live at school2013
178
EducationJuniorThat the government should pay bonuses to parents whose children significantly improve at school.2013
179
EducationJuniorThat we should ban selective entry schools2013
180
EducationJuniorThat we should close elite sports high schools2013
181
EducationJuniorThat we should ban school students from learning martial arts2012
182
EducationJuniorThat all schools should be co-educational2011
183
EducationJuniorThat teachers should be paid on the basis of student feedback2011
184
EducationJuniorThat we should replace all examinations with assignments2011
185
EducationJuniorThat Australian schools should have compulsory community service2010
186
EducationJuniorThat selective schools do more harm than good.2010
187
EducationJuniorThat students should write reports on their teachers.2010
188
EducationJuniorThat we should stop the acceleration of gifted students beyond their year level.2010
189
Education JuniorThat sporting scholarships for schools should be banned.2010
190
EnvironmentJuniorThat the environment should be the priority (over other areas e.g. health) in all government decisions.2020
191
EnvironmentJuniorThat we should fine people for not recycling2019
192
EnvironmentJuniorThat Australia should adopt nuclear power2018
193
EnvironmentJuniorThat Sydney CBD should be car free2014
194
EnvironmentJuniorThat Australia should use nuclear energy2012
195
EnvironmentJuniorThat each household should only be allowed to have one car2012
196
EnvironmentJuniorThat we should begin phasing out coal powered electricity immediately2012
197
EnvironmentJuniorThat four-wheel drives should be banned from cities2011
198
EnvironmentJuniorThat we should ban tourists from conservation areas2011
199
EnvironmentJuniorThat emergency services should be able to force people to leave their homes in the event of natural disasters eg floods, bushfires2020
200
GenderJuniorThat childrens sports should have mixed-gender teams instead of separate boys and girls teams2019
201
GenderJuniorThat we should ban beauty contests2018
202
Government and SocietyJuniorThat the government should give high school students an allowance2012
203
Government and SocietyJuniorThat we should raise the legal age to drive.2010
204
HealthJuniorThat all school canteen menus should be set by government health experts.2020
205
International RelationsJuniorThat the government should fund a compulsory overseas exchange program for high school students2015
206
International RelationsJuniorThat the government should fund all high school students to participate in an overseas exchange2018
207
International RelationsJuniorThat it is legitimate for countries to spy on one another2014
208
International RelationsJuniorThat consumers should buy Australian brands even if they're more expensive.2013
209
International RelationsJuniorThat all countries have the right to develop nuclear weapons2012
210
International RelationsJuniorThat all countries have the right to develop nuclear weapons.2012
211
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should not allow the US to use our military bases.2012
212
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should not allow the US to use our military bases.2012
213
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should pay developing countries to stop logging their forests.2012
214
International RelationsJuniorThat the UN should have its own army2012
215
International RelationsJuniorThat the UN should have its own army.2012
216
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should accept more immigrants.2011
217
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should give more aid to its neighbours.2011
218
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should not export live animals.2011
219
International RelationsJuniorThat Antarctica should be protected from tourism.2010
220
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should do more to celebrate multicultualism.2010
221
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should spend more in its military.2010
222
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should strengthen its ties with Asia.2010
223
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia should strengthen its ties with Asia.2010
224
International RelationsJuniorThat the US has too much influence in Australia.2010
225
International RelationsJuniorThat the US has too much influence in Australia.2010
226
International RelationsJuniorThat we need a new flag.2009
227
International RelationsJuniorThat Australia is too close to the US in international affairs.2008
228
Law & OrderJuniorThat school punishments should be decided by a group of senior students and teachers2019
229
Law & OrderJuniorThat we should suspend students that fail to report bullying2015
230
Law & OrderJuniorThat we should increase the legal age for drinking/smoking to 212015
231
Law & OrderJuniorThat we should have video surveillance in all public places2014
232
Law & OrderJuniorThat non-violent criminals should never be sent to prison2013
233
Law & OrderJuniorThat the police should not be allowed to engage in high-speed car chases2013
234
Law & OrderJuniorThat we should allow prisoners to choose death over life sentences2013
235
Law & OrderJuniorThat the police should never use force to break up non-violent protest2013
236
Law & OrderJuniorThat police officers should not carry guns2012
237
Law & OrderJuniorThat the death penalty is justified for the most serious crimes2012
238
Law & OrderJuniorThat Australia should have the death penalty2011
239
Law & OrderJuniorThat it is acceptable for parents to use GPS to track their children2011
240
Law & OrderJuniorThat poker machines should be banned2011
241
Law & OrderJuniorThat schools should be allowed to drug test students2010
242
Law & OrderJuniorThat smacking children should be a crime2010
243
Law & OrderJuniorThat there should be a curfew for children under 182010
244
Law & OrderJuniorThat parents should be held responsible for the crimes of their children2018
245
Law & OrderJuniorThat juries (rather than judges) should sentence convicted criminals 2018
246
Law & OrderJuniorThat law enforcement agencies should be allowed to monitor any electronic communication2018
247
MediaJuniorThat children under 16 should be prevented from using their real names online2016
248
MediaJuniorThat we should ban songs with violent lyrics2015
249
MediaJunior
That we should ban marketing (advertising and sponsorship) by junk food companies (eg. fast food, energy drinks)
2014
250
MediaJuniorThat the media should be prevented by law from intruding the lives of public figures.2013
251
PoliticsJuniorThat parents should receive an extra vote per child in elections2019
252
PoliticsJuniorThe media should not report on the family lives of politicians2018
253
PoliticsJuniorThat we should lower the voting age to 162018
254
PoliticsJuniorThat we should have a quota of young politicians in parliament2015
255
PoliticsJuniorThat breaking election promises should trigger an election.2013
256
PoliticsJuniorThat breaking election promises should trigger an election.2013
257
PoliticsJuniorThat the government should build fewer roads2013
258
PoliticsJuniorThat the government should build fewer roads.2013
259
PoliticsJuniorThat we should build more public housing in wealthy suburbs.2013
260
PoliticsJuniorThat we should lower the voting age to 16.2013
261
PoliticsJuniorThat we should not celebrate Australia Day2013