Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also announced it will be an offence to travel to a battle region overseas without a valid reason. "Over the last couple of months every Australian has been shocked at the evidence on the internet of Australians participating in terrorist activities in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere," he said in Canberra on Tuesday. "What we are now acutely conscious of is the danger posed back here in Australia, by people returning to Australia who have been radicalised and militarised by the experience of working with terrorist organisations overseas.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said preventing Australian citizens becoming involved in terrorist activities was one of Australia's highest national security priorities. "We are deeply concerned this security challenge will mean that Australian citizens fighting in these conflicts overseas will return to this country as hardened home-grown terrorists who may use the experiences and skills they have gained to carry out attacks in this country," she said.
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