Breaking: Tom Switzer to head up the CIS

The AFR are reporting:

Former journalist with The Australian Financial Review Tom Switzer will be announced as the successor to Greg Lindsay as head of the Sydney-based Centre for Independent Studies.

Mr Lindsay founded the influential libertarian think tank in 1976.

Mr Switzer, 45, who will take the helm from early next year, was an adviser to former Liberal Party leader Brendan Nelson and is a former editor of The Spectator Australia.

A magnificent appointment. Tom was the op-ed editor at the AFR in the late 1990s and first published me there. He then went on to save The Australian from communism in the early 2000s.

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10 Responses to Breaking: Tom Switzer to head up the CIS

  1. Excellent news. The CIS is a key guardian of liberty in Australia. Tom will provide excellent leadership.

  2. There’s a certain winds of change feeling about that appointment.

    Pointman

  3. Zyconoclast

    There’s a certain winds of change feeling about that appointment.

    Good winds or bad winds?

  4. Jessie

    Brisbane’s loss, Sydney’s gain.

    Mr Lindsay founded the influential libertarian think tank in 1976.

    I had thought that these people were also involved in the establishment of the CIS?

  5. A very fine replacement. But if you think you’re getting away lightly Greg, think again. Your retirement party should rightly be the biggest party Sydney has seen since…forever. Forty years of your work which brought us everyone from Hayek to Dalrymple – and all started from a garage! Really outstanding organisation with some incredible research and brilliant staff. Sad to see you retire, CIS will not be the same without you.

  6. alexnoaholdmate

    Meanwhile, the Press Council has appointed a member of the GetUp board to be its deputy chair.

    The Australian has already announced it will not accept any rulings of the Council in which she participates – given GetUp’s history of campaigning against News Limited, they have an “apprehension of bias”.

    No shit.

    Nice to some fight left in the old girl.

  7. Tintarella Di Luna

    Rupert should just pull his money out of the Press Council after all there is ACMA why be part of the Press. Council – does Walt Disney still head up that bottom- of-the-garden irrelevancy?

  8. John A

    He then went on to save The Australian from communism in the early 2000s.

    But what happened after that?

  9. Mr Anderson

    Exactly John A: what happened after that?

    All he did was hold back the tide for a while, then when he left the PVOs and Niki Savvas flooded in

  10. Siltstone

    Greg Lindsay has a done fine job over the long-haul. He is a good fellow too. I once wrote and complained that CIS held few events outside Sydney and presented a table of data to prove it. Lo and behold, within weeks there was function in my city and I was placed next to the great man at the head table.
    I also remember one of CIS’s very first booklets “On Buying a Job: The Regulation of a Taxicab in Canberra”. That was a long time before Uber.

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