Research Scholars – The Centre for Independent Studies

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

  • It’s nowhere near curtains for oil 15 June 2021 | The Australian
    Great efforts are under way to decarbonise the global economy. It’s not just that Western political leaders pledge commitments to net-zero emissions by 2050 or shortly thereafter. Corporations are also investing in a green-energy future as if a carbon-free world…
    Great efforts are under way to decarbonise the global economy. It’s not just that Western political leaders pledge commitments to net-zero emissions by 2050 or shortly thereafter. Corporations are also investing in a green-energy future as if a carbon-free world…
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  • Budget 2021: This debt-funded modern entitlement culture will backfire 23 May 2021 | The Australian
    It is too early to be definitive about the political and economic consequences of the pandemic. However, one aspect seems already clear, and painfully so for those who believe true prosperity and liberty can only come with a small state…
    It is too early to be definitive about the political and economic consequences of the pandemic. However, one aspect seems already clear, and painfully so for those who believe true prosperity and liberty can only come with a small state…
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  • Cancel culture is destroying our society 16 April 2021 | The Australian
    As we approach the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, and the wave of outrage it prompted around the world about the treatment and perceptions of black people, so too are we approaching the anniversary of one of the…
    As we approach the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, and the wave of outrage it prompted around the world about the treatment and perceptions of black people, so too are we approaching the anniversary of one of the…
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  • 25 years on from Howard's landslide 12 March 2021 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    Since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, CIS events have been generally confined to the digital platform. Over the past year, our conversations, debates and videos have attracted more than 2.1 million views, with 430,000 of these attributable to my discussion…
    Since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, CIS events have been generally confined to the digital platform. Over the past year, our conversations, debates and videos have attracted more than 2.1 million views, with 430,000 of these attributable to my discussion…
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  • Does Morrison have Howard’s heart? 01 March 2021 | Financial Review
    It was 25 years ago on March 2 that John Howard defeated the Labor government in a landslide election. He went on to become the nation’s second-longest serving prime minister and helped set the scene for the longest economic boom…
    It was 25 years ago on March 2 that John Howard defeated the Labor government in a landslide election. He went on to become the nation’s second-longest serving prime minister and helped set the scene for the longest economic boom…
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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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