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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Apr 20 2017

New 'Australian values' test planned for citizenship

SYDNEY Australia plans to raise the bar for handing out citizenships by lengthening the waiting period, adding a new "Australian values" test and raising the standard for English language as part of a shake up of its immigration program.

Apr 19 2017

Australia, NZ step up nationalist rhetoric with visa curbs on skilled workers

SYDNEY Australia and New Zealand have tightened visa conditions for skilled migrants in a bid to woo nationalist-leaning voters, echoing the United States' "America First" policy, but critics have decried the move as mostly political posturing.

Apr 18 2017

Australia toughens foreign worker visas, says Australian jobs for Australians

SYDNEY Australia will abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with a new programme requiring better English-language and job skills, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.

Apr 07 2017

Dog walkers, hairdressers on tax to-do list as Australia's black economy grows

SYDNEY Australia is looking to target "high risk" tax avoidance sectors such as dog walking and mobile hairdressing and enforce a threshold on cash transactions as it clamps down on its A$25 billion ($18.8 billion) black economy, a top official said on Friday.

Apr 04 2017

Australia banking watchdog warns of more curbs on housing

SYDNEY Australia's banking watchdog said on Wednesday that authorities can and will take further action if needed to stop a debt-fueled bubble in the country's red-hot housing market.

Apr 04 2017

Australia needs more housing to cool red-hot property prices - c.bank gov

SYDNEY, April 4 Australian regulators stand ready to take tougher action against runaway home prices although addressing supply-side issues would go a long way in cooling the market, the head of the central bank said on Tuesday.

Apr 04 2017

Australia's central bank holds rates as property market sizzles

SYDNEY Australia's central bank held rates steady for an eighth month on Tuesday, a widely expected decision as it attempts to balance red-hot housing markets and tepid consumer spending.

Apr 03 2017

Australia home prices, building approvals jump; regulators crack down

SYDNEY Australian home prices hit new records while building approvals jumped the most in seven months, latest data out on Monday showed, even as regulators launched new measures to cool the red-hot property market.

Apr 01 2017

Australia sticks with blunt instruments to battle housing bubble

SYDNEY In their struggle to cool red-hot property prices in Australia's big cities, authorities are ratcheting up measures that could dent the whole market but avoiding more targeted steps that have had some success in New Zealand and China.

Mar 23 2017

ANZ latest Australian bank to hike home loan rates as regulators tighten screws

SYDNEY, March 24 ANZ Banking Group on Friday became the latest Australian lender to jack up mortgage rates for speculative buyers as part of an intensifying campaign by regulators to hose down a heated housing market.

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