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It’s not “Goodbye,” Adelaide

Posted by peggyhora on April 30, 2010

Great news first:  I’m coming back for a third visit.  The Premier asked me to and we have the budget.  We’ll time it with the launch of the my report or some justice initiative.  That means I didn’t have to cry at all my farewell events this week knowing I’ll be seeing everyone again.  I had a lovely dinner on Sunday night at the home of Judge Michael Boylan and Deborah Morgan.  I brought my “Flying Dutchman” along.  Alex Lohman is a lawyer friend from The Netherlands who arrived to stay with me a few days.  I got to meet part of the Boylan-Morgan children — Hugh and Henry — and they were both delightful.  Monday was a holiday, Anzac Day.  I worked pretty much all day.  Big meeting of the week was with Attorney General John Rau and  Premier Mike Rann.  I got to spend an hour discussing policy, politics and my recommendations. I am very encouraged by their reactions.  I really believe we can get some things done here.  I also met with Solicitor General Martin Hinton and CEO of the Attorney General’s Department, Jerome Maguire who both gave me great feedback.  Tuesday night we had an office dinner at The Vietnamese.  Great food and a few tears.  My office mates gave me a gorgeous, modern handmade adventurine necklace from my favorite crafts store, the Jam Factory.  It is truly beautiful.  An article came out in the local newspaper about my recommendations and it was simply perfect.  Wednesday night was the Lord Mayor’s reception for me at the Adelaide Town Hall.  About 150 people attended including the AttorneyGeneral, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Doyle, Chief Judge of the District Court Terry Worthington, Aboriginal Judicial Officer Joel Bayliss, the Chief Prosecutor, President of the Law Society and the A-Team, my youth advisory council.  The Lord Mayor and I stood at the door of the Queen Adelaide room and greeted each guest then I was whisked around the room for photos with tons of folks.  I finally got one glass of champagne and one hors d’oeuvre before the reception was over.  Whew.  Thursday was a debriefing meeting with the Thinkers’ team then an hour television interview that will air on Friday night.  The media play this time was amazing and I’ve even got an interview in Sydney with a national breakfast show.  Meanwhile the American Embassy was in touch about a reception they’re giving for me on the 18th in Wellington and I’ll be speaking at the Auckland Law School on the 20th.  I’m still working on the rest of my New Zealand plans.  On Thursday afternoon I went wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, took a nap, had a massage then went out with about 30 judges to dinner.  I spoke with them about my recommendations on Friday morning then transferred to a fabulous boutique hotel called The Louise where I’ll be helping to celebrate Judge Rose Davey’s 50th birthday on Friday night.  We’ll dine on site at The Appelation.  Meanwhile I’m catching up on email and working on the introduction for my report as well as my presentation at the Non-Adversarial Law conference in Melbourne next Thursday.  It will be a lovely end to my time in Adelaide — this time.  Knowing it’s not the last makes me happy.  Some people have a beach house; I have Adelaide and she’ll always be in my heart.  I’ve made fabulous friends here and feel I have something important to contribute to the community.  Au revoir for now.  Keep following the blog as I journey to Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.

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