Editor Tom Switzer is one of TV's favourite conservative talking heads. He's close with former PM John Howard (The Australian even called him a "confidant") and was a former adviser to opposition leader Brendan Nelson. But it was his time as editor of the opinion pages in The Australian -- yes, he hired Janet Albrechtsen -- that placed him firmly in the public conscious. Switzer now edits The Spectator Australia (the local arm of the conservative British magazine) and is a research associate at the the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney.