Adelaide University Debating Society [Join/Renew]

This club is affiliated with The Adelaide University Union

About Us

Whether you’re a well versed rhetorical genius or the only debating experience you’ve had is arguing with your mum, there’s a spot for you in the AUDS competition.
We have hilarious, controversial topics such as “That bestiality should be legalised” or "That we should censor art”. For those new to debating it’s a fantastic way to develop your public speaking and argumentative skills, brush up on general knowledge and make new friends.
For the more experienced debater, this is pretty much the only way to further your debating after school has finished. We have established debaters in the competition that are sure to challenge your speaking abilities.

Intervarsity comps provide new and experienced debaters with excellent opportunities to engage in stimulating debates and unforgettable social events with other debaters from here and interstate.

We hold two major debating competitions each year, and debates are held on Thursday nights throughout the academic year. Debating isn't a massive time-commitment! We don't hold debates every Thursday. The main competition each semester usually consists of 4 minor rounds and then a finals series. We also hold various misc events throughout the year, such as training sessions and exhibition debates.

Debates are followed by drinks at the Austral.

You can request to be a team with your friends, but don’t worry if your friends aren’t keen, plenty of people sign up as individuals and we can assign you a team based on skill and experience level.

How do I join? Email us at to ask to join the mailing list at: