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

  • A note to CIS friends and supporters 19 March 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    These are deeply troubling times for Australia and the world. With nations locking down borders and cities, gatherings of 100 or more banned, stock markets falling, a new era of economic turbulence looms. That’s not to mention the deaths and…
    These are deeply troubling times for Australia and the world. With nations locking down borders and cities, gatherings of 100 or more banned, stock markets falling, a new era of economic turbulence looms. That’s not to mention the deaths and…
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  • Let's put coronavirus to some good use 19 March 2020 | Financial Review
    “Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” So said president Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, at the height of the global…
    “Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” So said president Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, at the height of the global…
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  • Joe Biden is back from the dead, but there are twists and turns ahead 09 March 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald
    So much for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous claim that there are no second acts in American life. Just look at Joe Biden. His political success this week represents one of the most epic political comebacks in the annals of American…
    So much for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous claim that there are no second acts in American life. Just look at Joe Biden. His political success this week represents one of the most epic political comebacks in the annals of American…
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  • Boom for America means doom for Bernie Sanders 25 February 2020 | Financial Review
    Bernie Sanders is set to become the Democrats’ choice for the White House. But his chances of selling socialism to middle America do not look good. By rights, Donald Trump should be on the ropes. His refusal to abide by…
    Bernie Sanders is set to become the Democrats’ choice for the White House. But his chances of selling socialism to middle America do not look good. By rights, Donald Trump should be on the ropes. His refusal to abide by…
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  • 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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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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