New laws aim to punish young Australians fighting for ISIS

TOUGH new laws will be introduced this week aimed at young Australians who head overseas to fight with terror organisations but then decide they want to return home.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government would do everything in its power to protect Australians and stop radicalised and brutalised people from roaming our streets.

"Throwing in your lot with the most barbaric people in the most dangerous parts of the earth could cost you your life," he said.

"If you survive and seek to return then expect to face the consequences.

"You will face the full force of the law."

Mr Abbott said there were at least 250 Australians who had become ensnared in the evil ideology of the Daesh death cult - including those from Toowoomba, Mackay and the Fraser Coast.

"Australia faces a growing challenge from foreign fighters and from home-grown terrorists," he said.

"Young Australians, some of them children, have been brainwashed online, sometimes under the very noses of their parents.

"Too many times young Australians end up on the other end of the world committing crimes and horrific acts of violence that are unimaginable to their families and to the country that raised them."

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has previously provided bipartisan support to government initiatives aimed at tackling terrorism both at home and abroad. - APN NEWSDESK.