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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  • Doomsday Clock ticking but prediction remains difficult 30 January 2018 | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
    For seven decades, the Chicago-based Bulletin of Atomic Scientists group has kept a symbolic device called the Doomsday Clock. Its purpose is to warn humankind about the prospects of apocalypse. At the onset of the Cold War, in 1947, the…
    For seven decades, the Chicago-based Bulletin of Atomic Scientists group has kept a symbolic device called the Doomsday Clock. Its purpose is to warn humankind about the prospects of apocalypse. At the onset of the Cold War, in 1947, the…
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  • In memory of PP McGuinness 25 January 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Australia Day marks ten years since we lost a dear friend and supporter of the Centre for Independent Studies, P.P. (Padraic Pearse) McGuinness. A long-time editor and columnist at Fairfax, The Australian and Quadrant, “Paddy” was one of the most…
    Australia Day marks ten years since we lost a dear friend and supporter of the Centre for Independent Studies, P.P. (Padraic Pearse) McGuinness. A long-time editor and columnist at Fairfax, The Australian and Quadrant, “Paddy” was one of the most…
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  • While Donald Trump's words are divisive and dangerous, his actions are far less reckless 16 January 2018 | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
    One of the few consolations about the past year is that the actions of the Trump administration have been more conventional than its words. It reminds one of the public-service adage: pay attention to what governments do rather than what…
    One of the few consolations about the past year is that the actions of the Trump administration have been more conventional than its words. It reminds one of the public-service adage: pay attention to what governments do rather than what…
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  • Alexander Downer meeting doesn't prove the Trump campaign colluded with Russia 02 January 2018 | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
    Few political allegations are as persistent as the charge that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet. The theory goes like this: In 2016, the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to hack into the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary…
    Few political allegations are as persistent as the charge that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet. The theory goes like this: In 2016, the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to hack into the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary…
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  • Robot truck drivers shape up as a heavy load 01 January 2018 | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
    The robots are coming to the rescue. So screamed a headline about artificial intelligence. The article appeared recently in The Times of London and it reported that, just as automation and outsourcing will boost productivity growth, so will driverless cars. They’re reliable, safer and more…
    The robots are coming to the rescue. So screamed a headline about artificial intelligence. The article appeared recently in The Times of London and it reported that, just as automation and outsourcing will boost productivity growth, so will driverless cars. They’re reliable, safer and more…
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