Overview of Asian Parliamentary Debate

(taken from http://wiki.idebate.org)

In Asian Parliamentary Style, there are 2 teams – Government and Opposition. Each team has 3 members and each team gives 4 speeches. The format is a limited preparation format, meaning that the topic is announced, depending on the tournament, roughly 30 minutes before the debate.

The 3 members of the Government should defend the motion. The 3 members of the team, each of which gives a 7 minute speech, are:

  • 1) Prime Minister
  • 2) Deputy Prime Minister
  • 3) Government Whip

One speaker from the Government team – either the Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister – is charged with giving a 4 minute reply speech that clarifies the debate from the Government perspective without bringing forth new arguments.

The 3 members of the Opposition team should negate the motion and refute arguments brought forth by the Government. The 3 members of the team, each of which gives a 7 minute speech, are:

  • 1) Leader of Opposition
  • 2) Deputy Leader of Opposition
  • 3) Opposition Whip

Like the Government team, one speaker from the Opposition team – either the Leader of Opposition or Deputy Leader of Opposition – is charged with giving a 4 minute reply speech that clarifies the debate from the Opposition perspective without bringing forth new arguments.

In the 7 minute speeches, the opposing team can stand up and ask for Points of Information (POI) after the first minute and until the sixth minute. A POI should be a brief question or comment and not a long-winded monologue or back and forth cross examination session.

Times and Order of Asian Parliamentary Debate Speeches
  • Prime Minister – 7 minutes
  • Leader of Opposition – 7 minutes
  • Deputy Prime Minister – 7 minutes
  • Deputy Leader of Opposition – 7 minutes
  • Government Whip – 7 minutes
  • Opposition Whip – 7 minutes
  • Opposition Reply Speech – 4 minutes
  • Government Reply Speech – 4 minutes

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