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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Millennials and socialism: Australian youth are lurching to the left 20 June 2018 | PP7The 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…READ MORE
Media & Commentary
Is Josh Frydenberg so wrong to invoke Thatcher and Reagan? 30 July 2020 | Sydney Morning HeraldWhat is it about Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan that aggravates many readers? When Josh Frydenberg said he takes inspiration from conservative icons, such as the Iron Lady and The Great Communicator (as well as John Howard and Peter Costello), the…read more
Thatcher, Reagan still point the way to a brighter future 27 July 2020 | Financial ReviewJosh Frydenberg and I have a lot in common.We were born in the same year (1971). In the late 1980s and early ’90s, we represented our states in national sports (Josh, Victorian tennis; me, NSW athletics.) In 2009, we contested…read more
Thatcherism's divisiveness lives on in bruised memory 27 July 2020 | Sydney Morning HeraldTo hear our Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, spell out his admiration for Margaret Thatcher and her divisive policies really gets to the heart of the real agenda of the Morrison government. Being an ex-Mancunian from way back with many relatives up…read more
Dead hand of the state will be our JobKiller if it persists beyond the pandemic 25 July 2020 | Sydney Morning HeraldIn this week’s fiscal update, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the bad news – the highest unemployment since the early 1990s, the largest budget deficit since World War II and the sharpest economic downturn since the Great Depression. No wonder most…read more
John Howard: A Conversation on Culture 26 July 2018 | OP166Based 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…READ MORE