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
Trump defeat will transform US in way we haven't seen in decades 17 October 2020 | Sydney Morning HeraldWhenever seasoned observers of American politics predict an emphatic Joe Biden victory on November 3, we ought to acknowledge we were wrong last time. Like the pollsters and the betting markets, virtually all the pundits thought Donald Trump would lose…read more
2020 White House race: Upside down view of what should be 09 October 2020 | The AustralianMaybe the US presidential tickets are upside-down. Americans might face a less troubling choice if Mike Pence and Kamala Harris were the presidential candidates rather than the actual candidates, who embarrassed America on the global stage last week. In an…read more
The good times with China are over. Get used to it 19 September 2020 | Sydney Morning HeraldSecurity trumps prosperity in international politics. Credit: Matt Davidson Why can’t our leaders just repair relations with China? If only Canberra toned down its rhetoric, restored a dialogue and rebuilt trust with Beijing, all would be well. Instead, the federal…read more
Coronavirus Australia: Lockdowns and border closures hurting, but Gladys Berejiklian’s showing the way 03 September 2020 | The AustralianSix months ago, the national COVID-19 strategy was to “flatten the curve” to buy time for the health system to cope. It succeeded; new infections dropped to almost none in April. This led to most states and territories adopting a more ambitious…read more
The tyranny that strikes a friendless Clive Palmer could hurt any of us 23 August 2020 | Sydney Morning HeraldWe don’t know Clive Palmer and we have no time for his antics. However, not even the eccentric billionaire should be treated as disgracefully as he has been by the West Australian government. A week ago, the Labor government of…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