Tom Switzer is editor of Spectator Australia and a former opinion editor of The Australian . On Tuesday 15 March 2011, The Sydney Institute held a discussion on the use of language in political debate developing with a multi-media world, the free use of the web and 24-hour news outlets. Tom Switzer joined Bernard Keane, Canberra correspondent for Crikey.com., and Shelley Gare, founding editor of The Australian Review of Books, columnist and author of The Triumph of Airheads , to consider what might be happening to public discourse and the use of language.

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