iServi News | 7 June 2019 | Term 2, Week 6
This week on Tuesday, the debate team competed in their third WADL debate, this time against Scotch College. The motion for the debate was “This house would provide tax incentives to vegetarians,” with Victoria Baird (OLS3), Ugousok Kenyi (SM5) and Matthew Dimasi (SC4) as the affirmative team. Students presented some strong arguments about the positive impact vegetarians have on the environment and the economy, with our model being that we would reduce the tax on vegetarian alternatives and plant based products, to reward those choosing a vegetarian lifestyle.
This model was a strong alternative to reward those choosing a plant based diet and both teams agreed, however the negative presented some points on increasing the price of meat, though both teams agreed that this was not a logical decision. The negative team argued that giving vegetarians a tax incentive would exclude the lower socioeconomic group and that the government would then be taking away an individual’s rights to decide what they eat. Whilst we did rebut these claims, the negative team still won by a small margin of two points.
We were so proud of the strong arguments presented by Servite College and look forward to our final WADL debate on Tuesday 18 June!
Mrs Adriana Rocca
Teacher – English