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.


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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

  • Trump defeat will transform US in way we haven't seen in decades 17 October 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald
    Whenever seasoned observers of American politics predict an emphatic Joe Biden victory on November 3, we ought to acknowledge we were wrong last time. Like the pollsters and the betting markets, virtually all the pundits thought Donald Trump would lose…
    Whenever seasoned observers of American politics predict an emphatic Joe Biden victory on November 3, we ought to acknowledge we were wrong last time. Like the pollsters and the betting markets, virtually all the pundits thought Donald Trump would lose…
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  • 2020 White House race: Upside down view of what should be 09 October 2020 | The Australian
    Maybe the US presidential tickets are upside-down. Americans might face a less troubling choice if Mike Pence and Kamala Harris were the presidential candidates rather than the actual candidates, who embarrassed America on the global stage last week. In an…
    Maybe the US presidential tickets are upside-down. Americans might face a less troubling choice if Mike Pence and Kamala Harris were the presidential candidates rather than the actual candidates, who embarrassed America on the global stage last week. In an…
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  • The good times with China are over. Get used to it 19 September 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald
    Security trumps prosperity in international politics. Credit: Matt Davidson Why can’t our leaders just repair relations with China? If only Canberra toned down its rhetoric, restored a dialogue and rebuilt trust with Beijing, all would be well. Instead, the federal…
    Security trumps prosperity in international politics. Credit: Matt Davidson Why can’t our leaders just repair relations with China? If only Canberra toned down its rhetoric, restored a dialogue and rebuilt trust with Beijing, all would be well. Instead, the federal…
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  • Coronavirus Australia: Lockdowns and border closures hurting, but Gladys Berejiklian’s showing the way 03 September 2020 | The Australian
    Six months ago, the national COVID-19 strategy was to “flatten the curve” to buy time for the health system to cope. It succeeded; new infections dropped to almost none in April. This led to most states and territories adopting a more ambitious…
    Six months ago, the national COVID-19 strategy was to “flatten the curve” to buy time for the health system to cope. It succeeded; new infections dropped to almost none in April. This led to most states and territories adopting a more ambitious…
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  • The tyranny that strikes a friendless Clive Palmer could hurt any of us 23 August 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald
    We don’t know Clive Palmer and we have no time for his antics. However, not even the eccentric billionaire should be treated as disgracefully as he has been by the West Australian government. A week ago, the Labor government of…
    We don’t know Clive Palmer and we have no time for his antics. However, not even the eccentric billionaire should be treated as disgracefully as he has been by the West Australian government. A week ago, the Labor government of…
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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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