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

  • Another rebuke to Beijing 17 January 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Last weekend, Taiwan’s first female leader was re-elected in a landslide to claim a new four-year mandate. Tsai Ing-wen  – a 63-year-old admirer of Margaret Thatcher and former law academic — defeated the Opposition Nationalist leader Han Kuo-yu in the…
    Last weekend, Taiwan’s first female leader was re-elected in a landslide to claim a new four-year mandate. Tsai Ing-wen  – a 63-year-old admirer of Margaret Thatcher and former law academic — defeated the Opposition Nationalist leader Han Kuo-yu in the…
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  • Taiwan votes for sovereignty and against Beijing's autocracy 12 January 2020 | Financial Review
    Taipei: One year ago, there was widespread gloom among Taiwan’s government figures. The ruling pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party had just suffered heavy defeats in local elections. President Tsai Ing-wen’s prospects had been written off. Yet this weekend, Taiwan’s first female…
    Taipei: One year ago, there was widespread gloom among Taiwan’s government figures. The ruling pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party had just suffered heavy defeats in local elections. President Tsai Ing-wen’s prospects had been written off. Yet this weekend, Taiwan’s first female…
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  • Can the workers and conservatives stay united? 02 January 2020 | Financial Review
    The political quote of the year 2019 came from Tony Abbott. “It’s clear that in what might be described as ‘working seats,’ we [conservatives] are doing so much better,” the former prime minster said on May 18. “It’s also clear…
    The political quote of the year 2019 came from Tony Abbott. “It’s clear that in what might be described as ‘working seats,’ we [conservatives] are doing so much better,” the former prime minster said on May 18. “It’s also clear…
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  • The British people have been saved by this watershed election 13 December 2019 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    There is always a danger in exaggerating the significance of a particular election. However, the British general election does feel like a watershed. The British people have been saved from a terrifying lurch towards socialism, which would have dragged Britain…
    There is always a danger in exaggerating the significance of a particular election. However, the British general election does feel like a watershed. The British people have been saved from a terrifying lurch towards socialism, which would have dragged Britain…
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  • PM must rouse indolent nation 09 December 2019 | Australian Financial Review
    After another year of political high drama, there are massive anxieties about the state of the nation. According to progressive pundits and intellectuals, the Christchurch massacre in March points to an entrenched racism in mainstream public discourse; and our firm…
    After another year of political high drama, there are massive anxieties about the state of the nation. According to progressive pundits and intellectuals, the Christchurch massacre in March points to an entrenched racism in mainstream public discourse; and our firm…
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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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