Mason worked for 14 years as the first foreign correspondent of the Australian Broadcasting CorporationABC Radio National and became deeply involved in Asian affairs. In 1968, he wrote Dragon Army, a popular history of Asian communism.Hewat T and Wilson D Don Chipp Visa, Victoria (1978), p. 102.
He joined the Australia Party and rose to become its national convener (1976). He joined the Australian Democrats and was elected to the Senate at the 1977 election as a senator for New South Wales. He and Don Chipp (Victoria) were the first two Australian Democrats elected to the Senate, although Janine Haines (South Australia) had earlier been appointed to a casual vacancy.
He was re-elected at the 1983 double-dissolution election for a three-year term, and again at the 1984 election for a three-year term ending on 30 June 1988.Record of NSW count, 1984, Psephos He retired in 1987 when another double-dissolution election was called.
He later wrote A Short History of Asia (2000),Mason C 2005 A Short History of Asia, Palgrave Macmillan, New York (2nd edn.--First edn appeared in 2000) concerning imperialism and the modern history of many individual countries in Asia.
in 2003 Mason released The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe, in which he describes a confluence of six 'drivers' that he argues will converge in the decade of 2030: depleted fuel supplies, massive population growth, poverty, global climate change, famine, growing water shortages and international lawlessness. He describes more than 100 steps to be taken to mitigate this convergence, including a form of world government. In 2006 he released a revised edition, A Short History Of The Future - Surviving the 2030 SpikeMason, C. (2006) A Short History of the Future: Surviving the 2030 Spike'' Earthscan, London (2006), 320ppClick here to hide this biography