Ray is the author of the World Parliamentary Rules, used by the World Universities Debating Championships, World Masters and numerous national parliamentary competitions. Ray is also editor and contributing author of the Australia-Asia Debating Guide, the primary debating text for three on three debate in Australia and Asia and the rules for the AustralAsian Intervarsity Debating Championships.
He has participated in AustralAsian and World Universities Debate Championships and World Masters as a speaker and judge. He has twice been Deputy Chief Adjudicator at Worlds and was Chief Adjudicator at Australasians.
Ray’s service to debating has been recognised with life membership of the Monash Association of Debaters and the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Association, emeritus membership of the World Universities Debating Council and an Australia-Japan Foundation Award, presented by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
As the founder of the Election Debates blog, Ray has provided election debate comment and analysis for radio and print media. He lives and works in Melbourne.
Disclosure: I was from 1997-1998 co-director of an Australian company with a current federal Labor MP, prior to his entry into politics. I maintain personal friendships with parliamentarians in both Liberal and Labor parties. I’m not and never have been a member of any political party.