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    Premier of Queensland
    The Honourable Peter Beattie
    Minister for Education and the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    AUSSIES TALK THEIR WAY TO WORLD CUP VICTORY

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier of Queensland
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Minister for Education and the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Friday, July 14, 2006

    AUSSIES TALK THEIR WAY TO WORLD CUP VICTORY

    Australia has won the World Cup of schooling debating.

    The team of Australian school debaters last night claimed a fourth-straight World Schools Debating Championships crown in Wales.

    The Australian Schools Debating Team was made up of five students with Queensland represented by Patrick Begley, a Year 12 student from Brisbane Grammar School.

    Premier Peter Beattie and Education Minister Rod Welford congratulated Patrick and the other students on their remarkable achievement.

    “After successfully negotiating the preliminary and knockout rounds, the Australian team defeated Ireland in the grand final in Cardiff overnight,” Mr Beattie said.

    “The decision of the judging panel was 7-2 in Australia’s favour. This is a fantastic result and I congratulate everyone involved in the win. Not only did the team include Queensland student Patrick Begley, but it was also coached by Queensland debating team coach Evan Goldman, a former Brisbane Grammar student.”

    Mr Welford said about 150 competitors and 100 judges and coaches from more than 35 countries participated in the prestigious event, which ran from July 4-14.

    “The intensive competition required each country to take part in eight preliminary debates over four days, before progressing to the knockout rounds and the grand final,” Mr Welford said.

    “This victory marks the fourth straight win for the Australian team – a remarkable streak that demonstrates the talent and dedication of the students and coaching staff.

    “Debating gives students the confidence and ability to synthesise different ideas, formulate an argument and present it to an audience – all valuable skills.

    “It also teaches teamwork and cooperation and encourages students to develop and maintain an ongoing interest in current affairs.”

    Australia is the most successful nation in the championships’ history, winning eight world titles since the event started in Australia in 1988.

    The team was made up of five students from schools in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, and they were: Vivienne Jones from MacRobertson Girls High School (VIC) (captain), Kelly-Maree Butler from MacRobertson Girls High School (VIC), Michael Falk from Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview (NSW), Sriram Srikumar from Sydney Boys' High School (NSW) and Patrick Begley from Brisbane Grammar School (QLD)

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    July 13, 2006

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