ParliamentaryDebateRules (S09)

ParliamentaryDebateRules (S09) - PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE RULES...

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PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE RULES Prep Time During preparation time, the participants analyze the proposition and outline their major arguments. They ask themselves: What does this proposition mean? What important issues are raised by it? How may it be affirmed or denied? What examples and events are relevant to its discussion? The answers to these and other questions will serve as the foundation for the government case and prepare the opposition for its refutation. The first speaker for the proposition must use some of the preparation time to organize the main issues of the case into a logically complete and persuasive form to convey the best possible impression of the case. The first speaker therefore uses preparation time to arrange the essential elements of the case into a brief outline. The argument outline should clearly bring the major elements of the case into relation with each other and constitute a complete case on behalf of the resolution. Speech Times 1st government (PM) constructive speech 4 minutes 1st opposition (LO) constructive speech 4 minutes 2 nd government (MG) constructive speech 4 minutes 2 nd opposition (MO) constructive speech 4 minutes Opposition rebuttal 2 minutes Government rebuttal 2 minutes The presiding officer of each debate is the Chair, or Speaker of the House (usually a judge or moderator). The Speaker of the House manages the debate, recognizes the speakers, and rules upon any disputes that arise in the course of the round. The Speaker introduces each debater in turn. There is no preparation time between speeches. After one speech is finished, the Speaker of the House calls upon the next debater to proceed. Speaker Style and Responsibilities Physical and vocal delivery, humor, passion and persuasiveness are important elements of parliamentary debating. A parliamentary debater should maintain eye contact with the audience and develop a speaking style that is fluent and expressive. Parliamentary debaters do not read written speeches, briefs, or evidence. Each of these points should be signposted, explained, supported by relevant facts and examples, and given impact. Because there is no preparation time between speeches, parliamentary debaters must learn to think on their feet, adding and elaborating upon arguments while speaking. First speaker, government (Prime Minister) The opening speaker establishes the framework for the debate and establishes a logically complete (prima facie) case for the proposition. This involves an expository presentation
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Parliamentary Debate Rules 2 in which the speaker may define any ambiguous terms of the resolution, interpret the resolution through a clear case statement, offer a history/background of the issue in controversy, and disclose any limitations for the discussion. After such preliminaries, the first speaker should state and support the main arguments of the case. Interpretation of the proposition/resolution.
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