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Harmony Week Debate

​The team behind the 2019 Harmony Week Debate

​To mark the final day of Harmony Week 2019, around 200 Perth high school students explored the positives and negatives of cultural diversity at a debate presented by the Office of Multicultural Interests.

This year's topic under the spotlight was 'Australia is the most successful multicultural country in the world' and was an opportunity for students to talk about Western Australian history, integration and multiculturalism in an open and constructive environment.

The topic was debated by two teams of WA university students before being discussed by the audience who informally voted for the winning team. A panel of judges from academia gave the formal vote on the outcome.

The judges considered that the negative team were the winners for their debating technique and use of historical facts.

Both teams tackled the topic with passion, detailed research and a broad range of examples.

The debate was held on 21 March, the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Schools attending the debate were Australian Islamic College, Churchlands Senior High School, Dianella Secondary College, Mandurah Baptist College and Melville Senior High School.

Click here to watch a video of the full debate.