Fenja Berglund

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Berglund: Rudd wins Australian Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Fenja Berglund            Winner: Kevin Rudd Scores: Rudd 73 | Abbott 72 Reasons Prime Minister Rudd narrowly won an uninspiring and substance-light debate.  Although at times Mr Abbott was a more engaging speaker, Rudd provided genuine answers to more of the questions he was asked, introduced more substantive facts to back his claims and had … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Election Debates has declared Barack Obama the winner of the Third Presidential Debate. [Watch the debate] Though the panel was split on the winner, all judges agreed it was a close debate – and for substantially the same reasons. The main reason for the tightness of this debate was a lack of real debate. From … Continue reading

Berglund: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Winner: Obama Scores: Obama 75 | Romney 74 Judge: Fenja Berglund Reasons: I have reservations about seated debates, which can blur the boundaries of who has the floor as well as making it more difficult for speakers to hold a commanding presence.  Both speakers proved me wrong in this debate, with the format (and perhaps … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Biden wins the Vice Presidential Debate

Election Debates declares Joe Biden the winner of an engaging and compelling Vice Presidential Debate.  [Watch the debate] Biden, like Mitt Romney in last week’s debate, took control of the debate. While his overtly aggressive manner may have thrilled some and alienated others, it was ultimately his superior matter that won the night. The panel … Continue reading

Berglund: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 78 | Ryan 76 Judge: Fenja Berglund Reasons: Joe Biden strove to maintain the upper hand throughout the entire debate not only through an aggressive style but also with solid application of facts throughout the debate.  His efforts paid off and he won a debate which was largely conducted on … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

The Election Debates’ panel has declared Mitt Romney the winner of the First Presidential Debate. The panel was split 5-1 in favour of the Republican challenger. Both speakers provided a clear contrast in the first of their three debates: Romney punchy, Obama meandering; Romney aggressive, Obama passive; Romney confident, Obama ponderous. In the end it … Continue reading

Berglund: Obama wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Barack Obama Scores: Obama 80 | Romney 78 Judge: Fenja Berglund Reasons: Barack Obama won this close debate by engaging more effectively with his opponent’s assertions while using facts to defend his own. Obama and Mitt Romney were both impressive in style, with both finding the all important balance between being folksy and statesmanlike, and … Continue reading

Berglund: Gillard wins Australian leaders’ debate

Judge: Fenja Berglund Winner: Julia Gillard Scores: Gillard 77 | Abbott 75 Reasons: There is a fine line between driving home a consistent line and repeating platitudes unsubstantiated by evidence.  Although both speakers at times skated towards the latter, Julia Gillard helped herself stay on track by establishing and following a clear line of argument … Continue reading

Judge Profile – Fenja Berglund

Fenja Berglund won the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships in 1994 and the World Universities Debating Championships (Worlds) in 1996 for Macquarie University. She was ranked second best individual speaker at Worlds. She now lives in Sydney and works as a barrister.