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Speaker’s competition awards student for oratorical skills

By Katie Weiss

Andy Short takes second place in the Speaker’s University Challenge Andy Short takes second place in the Speaker’s University Challenge

A talented Charles Darwin University student has impressed the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop, with his strong debating skills.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning student Andy Short came second in The Speaker’s University Challenge, which encouraged university students to debate freedom of speech in Australia.

Students nationwide made three-minute videos to present their arguments and were judged on the strength of their argument, originality, use of evidence and research, and structure.

Andy chose to debate the negative side of the topic: “Democracy and freedom of speech in a Western democracy”.

“I entered the competition to express my thoughts about the current state of events,” he said.

“I now have a vested interest in the evolution of the education system, which relates to what I am currently studying.”

Andy was among the top three entrants to be flown to Canberra to join the Speaker for a formal function where the winners were announced.