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Posted by peggyhora on April 1, 2010

How did the end of week two get here so fast?  Tuesday I had a good meeting with the Chief Judge and two other judges of the District Court then, at the end of the day, I met with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators.  Wednesday morning I met with Youth Court Presiding Judge Steve McEwen and Magistrate Penny Eldrige about the family treatment court project.  I had lunch with folks who run a program that takes prisoners about to be released and uses them to work on state park land.  In the afternoon we had the first partners’ meeting of this residency and it was well-attended.  I reported on events that occurred in the last six months and what was planned for this second half.  It was good to see everyone.  Wednesday evening Ingrid Haythorpe invited me to her home where I got to see her children, Remy and Laura, whom I had met last time.  We read books and watched Thomas the Tank Engine.  They were impressed I knew who Percy was.  Today, the last day of the week since Good Friday is a holiday here, was chock full of meetings about the unified famiy court with people from Canberra, the chief prosecutor for child abuse, Minister Jennifer Rankine whose portfolio includes Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing and Disability.  We were very much on the same page on the Youth Court and juvenile justice issues. I dashed from the meeting with the minister to grab a quick salad before a radio interview on 5AA with Amanda Blair, a self-confessed prison junkie.  She was incredibly flattering on the air and announced my public lecture about seven times.  The day ended with a meeting with Chris Eccles, the Chief Executive of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.  It was great to reacquaint myself with him and tell him what I was thinking about.  Tonight I’m doing some laundry and packing for a four-day trip to Tasmania because Monday is also a holiday.  I’m staying at a beautiful hotel right on the harbor and have three sightseeing tours booked.  I’m meeting the state Chief Magistrate and his wife for dinner on Saturday and regret I could not work out doing a training for his judges.  One other magistrate may be able to join us.  I’m looking forward to a four-day rest where I can read my trashy novel (the book after “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and work just a little.

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