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

  • Why we must waltz with America and China at the same time 17 August 2019 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    Australia, the great American columnist Charles Krauthammer once noted, is an “island of tranquillity in a roiling region”. We understand that peace and prosperity, he said, do not come with the air we breathe, but are maintained by power –…
    Australia, the great American columnist Charles Krauthammer once noted, is an “island of tranquillity in a roiling region”. We understand that peace and prosperity, he said, do not come with the air we breathe, but are maintained by power –…
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  • Cash is no answer to failing schools 09 August 2019 | Australian Financial Review
    Conventional wisdom holds that student disadvantage is attributed to too little public spending – with Canberra’s entire political spectrum keen to throw more of our dollars at it – or too much parental school choice. But evidence proves neither argument…
    Conventional wisdom holds that student disadvantage is attributed to too little public spending – with Canberra’s entire political spectrum keen to throw more of our dollars at it – or too much parental school choice. But evidence proves neither argument…
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  • Human rights on Q&A 12 July 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The promotion of human rights is a noble cause, one not to be cynically dismissed. But acting on it – if one is concerned to be effective and not merely feel virtuous – is more complicated than many human rights…
    The promotion of human rights is a noble cause, one not to be cynically dismissed. But acting on it – if one is concerned to be effective and not merely feel virtuous – is more complicated than many human rights…
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  • Something genuinely good has emerged from Parliament 05 July 2019 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    The passage of the federal government’s tax-cut legislation fulfils a major Coalition campaign promise, but more important is that it marks a return to the politics of growth and aspiration. During the past decade, both major parties have shied away…
    The passage of the federal government’s tax-cut legislation fulfils a major Coalition campaign promise, but more important is that it marks a return to the politics of growth and aspiration. During the past decade, both major parties have shied away…
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  • Global order is crumbling, but even without Trump it was doomed 15 June 2019 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    One of America’s great 20th century intellectuals Walter Lippmann once warned: “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” This advice is especially justified when the prevailing dogma is wrong, which is the case with respect to what is…
    One of America’s great 20th century intellectuals Walter Lippmann once warned: “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” This advice is especially justified when the prevailing dogma is wrong, which is the case with respect to what is…
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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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