|Attorney General Clark|
"We believe the shield should apply to journalists who receive information in the normal course of their work."... "The Greens' changes (incorporated into Federal legislation) are cast in extremely broad terms," Mr Clark said. "Simply running a blog does not make you a journalist. If you are a professional carrying on online journalism in the course of your work, electronic media journalists qualify (for protection) just as the print media does. "But if you are an amateur running a blog, in principle and practice, it is not appropriate that the privilege extend to such a person."
journalist means a person who is engaged and active in the publication of news and may be given information by an informant in the expectation that the information may be published in a news medium; news medium means any medium for the dissemination to the public or a section of the public of news and observations on news.Uniformity should be the aim although "normal course of work" without references to any professional/ amateur dichotomy could be broad enough to extend privilege to those paid or unpaid engaged and active in the publication of news.
Let's hope for some sort of debate about this before we end up with the traditional mess of differing Federal and state laws reminiscent of those different rail gauges of another century.