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.


Watch Tom in action:


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…
    READ MORE

Media & Commentary

  • Is Josh Frydenberg so wrong to invoke Thatcher and Reagan? 30 July 2020 | Sydney Morning Herald
    What 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…
    What 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 Review
    Josh 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…
    Josh 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 Herald
    To 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…
    To 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 Herald
    In 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…
    In 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
  • Moral terror 23 July 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    You know we live in a strange world when classical liberal think tanks, such as the Centre for Independent Studies, are forced to draw comfort from the statements of Noam Chomsky. The left-wing radical was among 150 esteemed artists, authors…
    You know we live in a strange world when classical liberal think tanks, such as the Centre for Independent Studies, are forced to draw comfort from the statements of Noam Chomsky. The left-wing radical was among 150 esteemed artists, authors…
    read more

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…
    READ MORE