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, and hosts Between the Lines on the ABC’s Radio National. He is also a regular contributor to The Australian, the Australian Financial Review and Sky News Australia.

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.


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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

  • Turnbull had the right idea on China 18 January 2022 | Sydney Morning Herald
    It’s important, in the interests of constructive debate, to recognise when political leaders who have been the object of serious criticism in the past turn out to have done something right and to praise them fully for it. Malcolm Turnbull…
    It’s important, in the interests of constructive debate, to recognise when political leaders who have been the object of serious criticism in the past turn out to have done something right and to praise them fully for it. Malcolm Turnbull…
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  • Dark times ahead as Australia faces crisis on crisis 16 December 2021 | The Australian
    I used to be an optimist about the world but now I am depressed. When I was born in the early 1970s, the popular wisdom warned that, unless prompt and drastic action was taken to limit population and industrial growth…
    I used to be an optimist about the world but now I am depressed. When I was born in the early 1970s, the popular wisdom warned that, unless prompt and drastic action was taken to limit population and industrial growth…
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  • Net Zero By 2050? Don’t Plan on It 28 October 2021 | Wall Street Journal
    As leaders prepare to gather in Glasgow for the United Nations climate-change conference, you may think the world has agreed to reduce and eventually eliminate its dependency on fossil fuels, stepping up its reliance on renewable energy. Even Australia’s Prime…
    As leaders prepare to gather in Glasgow for the United Nations climate-change conference, you may think the world has agreed to reduce and eventually eliminate its dependency on fossil fuels, stepping up its reliance on renewable energy. Even Australia’s Prime…
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  • Powell a great soldier-statesman and also a realist 19 October 2021 | The Australian
    Colin Powell was not only a great soldier-statesman. He also was a great man, one of the last surviving members of the George HW Bush administration’s foreign policy team that prosecuted America’s last military victory. The US is diminished as…
    Colin Powell was not only a great soldier-statesman. He also was a great man, one of the last surviving members of the George HW Bush administration’s foreign policy team that prosecuted America’s last military victory. The US is diminished as…
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  • Countering Cancel Culture 30 September 2021 | Connor Court
    Today, a growing, malignant disease undermines liberal democracy. It has permeated every crevice of our society and is destroying free speech – all roots of classical liberalism. This phenomenon is called cancel culture. It is a deeply illiberal mindset where…
    Today, a growing, malignant disease undermines liberal democracy. It has permeated every crevice of our society and is destroying free speech – all roots of classical liberalism. This phenomenon is called cancel culture. It is a deeply illiberal mindset where…
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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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