Cairns to Celebrate a Decade of the Great Debate

The WHK Cairns Great Debate, hosted by AIM in conjunction with the Cairns Business Women's Club, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

Six of Cairns' savviest business people will take to the stage on Thursday 24 November to argue the topic, 'That Success Depends on Who You Know.'

AIM Cairns Committee Member Scott Brown AIMM said that the special tenth-anniversary debate would be the biggest and best yet.

"The WHK Cairns Great Debate provides an entertaining and educational forum for the Cairns business community," Mr Brown said.

"This year's topic touches on a long-standing business and life question on the nature of networking, getting ahead, playing the game and opening doors, which is applicable to individuals, teams and organisations," he said.

"We're all interested to see how the debaters interpret this…Previous attendees will know that the humour is always going strong; in the speakers, the enthusiastic crowd and the adjudicator.

"While the identities of the six debaters will remain a closely guarded secret this year, only to be revealed on the day of the debate, I am pleased to announce that they will include the best of the best debaters over ten years. Chris Cunsamy will coach the Affirmative team, Nicky Jurd will coach the Negative team, and Paul Furse will again put his unique twist on the role of Adjudicator," Mr Brown said.

"The local business community gets behind the Great Debate every year, not just as a light-hearted business lunch, but in support of the nominated charity benefiting from the funds raised, giving a higher purpose to proceedings," Mr Brown said.

Proceeds from the Debate will be donated to the FNQ Cerebral Palsy Support Group Inc, the official 2011 Cairns Great Debate charity. The Group is a charitable organisation working to improve the services and opportunities available to families affected by cerebral palsy.

The annual debate has morphed into one of the Cairns business community's favourite events. It originated as a 'battle of wits' between the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Marketing Institute. Inspired by the acclaimed World Series of televised debates, local industry leaders in the fields of marketing and management argued for superiority on a range of fun topics.