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

  • Blue wave not a wipeout 09 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    This week was the American electorate’s first opportunity to render a national verdict on Trump’s presidency. Turnout and enthusiasm were high, but the results were mixed: although the Democrats have won enough seats to regain the House of Representatives, Republicans…
    This week was the American electorate’s first opportunity to render a national verdict on Trump’s presidency. Turnout and enthusiasm were high, but the results were mixed: although the Democrats have won enough seats to regain the House of Representatives, Republicans…
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  • Blue wave fails to wipe out Republicans 08 November 2018 | ASPI Strategist
    Not so long ago, the media consensus was that the Democrats would ride a ‘wave’ akin to the Republican routs in 1994 and 2010. Back then, the party under Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had spectacularly lost control of both…
    Not so long ago, the media consensus was that the Democrats would ride a ‘wave’ akin to the Republican routs in 1994 and 2010. Back then, the party under Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had spectacularly lost control of both…
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  • Sydney Uni's theatre of the absurd 01 November 2018 | AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
    For generations, the university has been a place designed as a crucible of debate and discussion. That means allowing free-thinking and the exchange of ideas in order to acquire knowledge and intellectual substance. It is the height of irony, therefore,…
    For generations, the university has been a place designed as a crucible of debate and discussion. That means allowing free-thinking and the exchange of ideas in order to acquire knowledge and intellectual substance. It is the height of irony, therefore,…
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  • There are dangers in reading too much into a big swing in Wentworth 20 October 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    Byelections have often been bad news for governments. That is why they have learned to avoid them. Huge swings against the party in power have ultimately led to defeat in general elections. Bass in Tasmania in 1975 and Canberra in…
    Byelections have often been bad news for governments. That is why they have learned to avoid them. Huge swings against the party in power have ultimately led to defeat in general elections. Bass in Tasmania in 1975 and Canberra in…
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  • Punish universities if they won't protect freedom of speech 22 September 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    In 1932, a student group at the University of Chicago invited the US Communist Party presidential candidate to lecture on campus. As you might think, William Foster’s remarks were highly provocative and they drew fierce criticism. A harbinger of the…
    In 1932, a student group at the University of Chicago invited the US Communist Party presidential candidate to lecture on campus. As you might think, William Foster’s remarks were highly provocative and they drew fierce criticism. A harbinger of the…
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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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