Election Debates has declared Prime Minister Julia Gillard the winner of the 2010 Australian leaders’ debate.
The adjudication panel of seven awarded the debate 7-0 to Ms Gillard, though most panel members noted the closeness of the debate.
Panel members drew attention to Ms Gillard’s stronger argumentation, her more detailed explanations and use of examples. They criticised Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s overly negative case and lack of detail in argumentation.
But it was not all one way with Ms Gillard struggling on several issues and Mr Abbott occasionally demonstrating a clear, positive alternative.
As always, Election Debates applies the rules of debate to ensure an objective and unbiased assessment. No members of the panel are (or have been) members of any Australian political party.
You can read individual decisions by clicking on the links below:
Ben Richards – Winner – Gillard – read more
Ray D’Cruz – Winner – Gillard – read more
Sam Greenland – Winner – Gillard – read more
Fenja Berglund – Winner – Gillard – read more
Praba Ganesan – Winner – Gillard – read more
Tommy Tonner – Winner – Gillard – read more
Wayne Jocic – Winner – Gillard – read more
You can also read former World Debating Champion Greg O’Mahoney’s analysis of the debate in The Australian. O’Mahoney, also a panelist on Sky News Saturday Agenda summarised:
In overall terms, and on the criteria that a traditional debate would be won on, Gillard scraped home because she was able to stay more structured, had more detail to back up her arguments and avoided moments of uncertainty under difficult questioning.
And finally, for a more detailed summary of the panel decision see The Drum.