Australia announces it will strip jihadists of their citizenship, stop their welfare payments

Many Australians who fight for the Islamic State will be stripped of their citizenship, the Prime Minister has announced, as part of tough new counter-terrorism laws.

The dramatic pledge came as a review released today revealed more than thirty Australians have returned home after fighting for jihadist causes overseas.

In a landmark national security address, Mr Abbott said the government will attempt to strip or suspend the citizenship of Australians with dual citizenship fighting overseas.

The government is also exploring taking away some of the rights of jihadists who are sole Australian citizens, Mr Abbott said.