Work­ers face off in de­bate com­pe­ti­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Two lo­cal teams of young Kar­ratha pro­fes­sion­als went headto-head last Wed­nes­day night at the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia De­bat­ing Union’s De­bate Bat­tle Royale event.

More than 30 peo­ple came to watch the af­fir­ma­tive team Tim Mont­gomery, John Freima­nis and Ali­cia Per­era, ar­gue that the Gov­ern­ment should in­crease taxes on com­pa­nies that ac­tiv­ity con­trib­ute to global warm­ing against the neg­a­tive team, Angie Ay­ers, Mike Chan­ners and El­iza Car­bines.

UWA de­bat­ing union com­mit­tee mem­bers, Alexan­dra Matthews and Josh Cahill, flew to the North West to act as ad­ju­di­ca­tors at the de­bate and chose the af­fir­ma­tive team as the win­ners.

Third speaker for the af­fir­ma­tive, Mr Mont­gomery said the event was great fun.

“It's awe­some to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, and I met a few new peo­ple which was great too,” he said.

“As it turns out, get­ting a bit of train­ing for de­bat­ing ac­tu­ally has some use­ful ap­pli­ca­tions in pro­fes­sional life, which is a ben­e­fit I didn't ex­pect.”

The De­bate Bat­tle Royal is part of the Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion’s Emerg­ing Young Lead­ers ini­tia­tive which aims to em­power and build a strong voice for the re­gion’s work­ers un­der the age of 35.

Be­fore the de­bate kicked off, PDC Kar­ratha ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer Mon­ica Weller ad­dressed the crowd and said de­vel­op­ing young peo­ple’s ca­pa­bil­ity to drive growth and pros­per­ity in the re­gion was a key pri­or­ity for the com­mis­sion.

“We un­der­stand ... the young work­ing pop­u­la­tion of the Pil­bara face bar­ri­ers not ex­pe­ri­enced in the metro ar­eas,” she said. “So we want to en­sure young pro­fes­sion­als of this re­gion have the same ca­reer devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as the Perth re­gions have.”

John Freima­nis of the af­fir­ma­tive team speaks as Tim Mont­gomery and Mike Chan­ners lis­ten on.

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