Tom Switzer

Executive Director

Tom Switzer

Expertise: International Relations, Australian politics

Tom Switzer is the Executive Director at the Centre for Independent Studies.

He is a former senior fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (2009-17), a former editor of the Spectator Australia (2009-14), senior federal Liberal leader adviser/speech writer (2008), opinion editor of The Australian, (2001-08), editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review (1998-01) and assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC (1995-98).

He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The Spectator, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest and The American Conservative. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Sky News, SBS, Seven, Nine, Ten and ABC radio and television. He hosts Between the Lines on the ABC’s Radio National.


Featured Publication

  • Millennials and socialism: Australian youth are lurching to the left 20 June 2018 | PP7
    The 20th century’s failed experimentations with socialism serve as a strong lesson that, despite its idealistic promises of equality, the ideology has led to nothing but oppression and poverty. However Australian Millennials have remained relatively unaffected by socialism’s shortcomings. The…...
    The 20th century’s failed experimentations with socialism serve as a strong lesson that, despite its idealistic promises of equality, the ideology has led to nothing but oppression and poverty. However Australian Millennials have remained relatively unaffected by socialism’s shortcomings. The…
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Media & Commentary

  • Australia’s Left Loses an Election It Was Sure to Win 19 May 2019 | The Wall Street Journal
    Voters shock the media in a result that echoes the victories of Brexit and Donald Trump in 2016. There’s nothing like a shock election result to force media sophisticates to eat their words. The triumph of the center-right Liberal-National Coalition…
    Voters shock the media in a result that echoes the victories of Brexit and Donald Trump in 2016. There’s nothing like a shock election result to force media sophisticates to eat their words. The triumph of the center-right Liberal-National Coalition…
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  • Even in defeat, the Liberals have a rich future - just look to history 18 May 2019 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    For nearly three years, the polls, pundits and betting markets have consistently put Labor in a winning position, pointing to a landslide. But such is the magic of politics that Saturday’s contest could be a lot closer than anyone had…
    For nearly three years, the polls, pundits and betting markets have consistently put Labor in a winning position, pointing to a landslide. But such is the magic of politics that Saturday’s contest could be a lot closer than anyone had…
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  • A tribute to Bob Hawke 17 May 2019 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    A striking fact about Bob Hawke is that nearly three decades after he left office, so many people still don’t comprehend the reasons for his success. Already, the tributes have stressed his many personal virtues: his larrikinism, his optimism, his…
    A striking fact about Bob Hawke is that nearly three decades after he left office, so many people still don’t comprehend the reasons for his success. Already, the tributes have stressed his many personal virtues: his larrikinism, his optimism, his…
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  • Left's faux fairness puts opportunity society at risk 13 May 2019 | AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
    There are economic battles you think you’ve won, only to discover you need to fight them all over again. Look around and you can see them everywhere: from taxes and spending to industrial relations and productivity enhancing reform. The federal…
    There are economic battles you think you’ve won, only to discover you need to fight them all over again. Look around and you can see them everywhere: from taxes and spending to industrial relations and productivity enhancing reform. The federal…
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  • From British race patriotism to inclusion: we are not a racist nation 20 April 2019 | SMH
    “Racist” is a powerful accusation to make against anyone, but since the Christchurch terrorist attack it has been frequently applied to Australia’s political mainstream. Hardly a day goes by without talk of our nation’s entrenched racism and how it fuels…
    “Racist” is a powerful accusation to make against anyone, but since the Christchurch terrorist attack it has been frequently applied to Australia’s political mainstream. Hardly a day goes by without talk of our nation’s entrenched racism and how it fuels…
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Publications

  • John Howard: A Conversation on Culture 26 July 2018 | OP166
    Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of the important topics that are…...
    Based on the remarks made by former Prime Minister John Howard at the launch of  The Centre for Independent Studies’ new Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program at the CIS’s Sydney office in July 2018 This  hour long ‘Conversation About Culture’ ranged over many of the important topics that are…
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