Jul
03
2010
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What were Australians discussing from 1964 to 1967?

australian-steam-engine-fassifernThe mid 1960s was a relatively peaceful time, and the topics discussed by the Mosman Debating Society included only a mixed smattering of international affairs subjects: That Australia should send troops to defend Malaysia against Indonesian aggression (carried) That the United Nations is a lost cause (defeated) That we support Mr Smith on Rhodesia (carried) [more…]

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Jun
27
2010
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What were Australians discussing from 1960 to 1963?

the-twistThe debates held by the Mosman Debating Society in the first few years of the 1960s were diverse, but as always included international affairs: That darkest Africa should be declared black (defeated) That we approve of Britain’s entry into the Common Market (carried) That Indonesia is justified in her claim to West New Guinea (no [more…]

Jun
09
2010
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What was the Mosman Debating Society?

mosman-debating-societyThe Mosman Debating Society of Sydney, Australia flourished from its inception in 1917 until some time after 1985. Before 1957 (when television commenced in Australia) the Mosman Debating Society was a premier venue for the formation of public opinion and the dissemination of ideas, and its debates were regularly covered by the press. Originally only [more…]

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