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

  • Urgent case for reform 21 May 2020 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    For more than two months, federal and state governments have shut down much of Australia’s commerce, and Canberra spent big to compensate for the losses the lockdowns have caused. As a result, we’ve flattened the curve of virus infections and…
    For more than two months, federal and state governments have shut down much of Australia’s commerce, and Canberra spent big to compensate for the losses the lockdowns have caused. As a result, we’ve flattened the curve of virus infections and…
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  • PM is a serious man for serious times 17 May 2020 | Australian Financial Review
    Exactly a year after his surprise election victory, Scott Morrison enjoys overwhelming popular support. By acting quickly against the pandemic, his government has flattened the curve of infections. And although a second wave remains a danger, the worst of the…
    Exactly a year after his surprise election victory, Scott Morrison enjoys overwhelming popular support. By acting quickly against the pandemic, his government has flattened the curve of infections. And although a second wave remains a danger, the worst of the…
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  • Why Alan Jones is the most consequential figure in Australian radio 13 May 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald
    When future historians reflect on Alan Jones, they will regard his 35-year career dominating Sydney breakfast radio as a watershed in public affairs. Before the radio king, media elites were able to define the big political debates by embracing a…
    When future historians reflect on Alan Jones, they will regard his 35-year career dominating Sydney breakfast radio as a watershed in public affairs. Before the radio king, media elites were able to define the big political debates by embracing a…
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  • Capitalism is not finished - and we'll need it to escape this abyss 03 May 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald
    Since federation, the economic governance of Australia can be conveniently divided into three contrasting periods. Phase one, which featured industry protection and centralised wage determination, lasted from 1901 to 1983. During these years, the state was dominant in almost every…
    Since federation, the economic governance of Australia can be conveniently divided into three contrasting periods. Phase one, which featured industry protection and centralised wage determination, lasted from 1901 to 1983. During these years, the state was dominant in almost every…
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  • Keep a sense of historical perspective 23 April 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    This has been the week of doomsayers. Forecasters talk about double-digit unemployment. A major airline has gone into voluntary administration. Businesses of all kinds are retrenching staff. Employees are sacrificing their salaries. Retail figures have slumped. We face a massive…
    This has been the week of doomsayers. Forecasters talk about double-digit unemployment. A major airline has gone into voluntary administration. Businesses of all kinds are retrenching staff. Employees are sacrificing their salaries. Retail figures have slumped. We face a massive…
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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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