When he launched the Rudd Government’s shield law reforms in March, Attorney-General Robert McClelland said his Bill recognised the important role journalists play in informing the public and insisted that the new legislation "balances this against the public interest in the administration of justice".

While welcoming the chance to review the unhealthy situation regarding shield laws in this country, journalists have overwhelmingly rejected the idea that this is balanced. We believe that the legislation as it stands will not go far enough in protecting journalists and their sources.