Workers face off in debate competition
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.”