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Debate questions democracy

Debate questions democracy – or will laughter win out on the day?

Thursday, 25 July 2002

The ‘girls’ will verse the ‘boys’ in a debate guaranteeing hilarity and fun at the Local Government New Zealand conference in Rotorua on Monday 29 July.

The debate, ‘Dictatorship is a better choice than democracy’ will see the woman supporting dictatorship and the men expressing the great advantages of democracy.

While the debate topic was selected well prior to the announcement of the general election the timelines of the topic is well chosen for this moment in time. General commentary and reflection on the outcome of the election will be unavoidable.

Clever, intelligent, funny, experienced and possibly abusive debators will bring out the best (and the worst) in each other.

‘Boys’
Former Mayor of Wellington, Mark Blumsky
Mayor of Banks Peninsula, Bob Parker
Mayor of Invercargill, Tim Shadbolt

‘Girls’
Wellington City Councillor, Sue Piper
Former Mayor of Kawerau District Council, Lyn Hartley
Managing Director, Wairaka Communications, Ripeka Evans

Local Government Commissioner Kerry Marshall will chair the debate.

The debate will be held on Monday 29 July, at 1.20pm, in the Rotorua Convention Centre Banquet Room.

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