Muslims travelling overseas have been told to clear their mobile phone storage and delete social media threads, messaging apps and violent images as part of official travel advice from a peak Islamic legal body, sparking concerns would-be terrorists were being coached in evading authorities.
Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton has expressed significant concern over the advice, confirming he wrote to the Muslim Legal Network of NSW demanding clarification on "what purpose is served in providing the advice".
"In the current international climate, I am very concerned this guidance could be interpreted as advice to evade Border Force and conceal illegal activity," Mr Dutton wrote in the letter, after The Australian brought the tips to his attention. "Australian Border Force protects Australians and non-Australians alike, as they cross our borders every day. It is important that we provide whatever support we can to enable these officers to undertake their duties effectively."