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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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One Week Down — Yikes!

Posted by peggyhora on March 27, 2010

Friday was another busy, busy day.  I never made it into the office. I was the keynote speaker at the South Australian Law Society conferece. It’s a 3,000 member bar association.  The meeting was kicked off by Chief Justic John Doyle who very kindly mentioned my work.  The conference title, “Smart Justice,” was taken from my residency.  My session was chaired by Justice Robyn Layton and Professor Richard Balfour spoke about the high incidence of hearing impairment in the APY Lands (the traditional Aboriginal community) and the implications for the legal system.  Certainly something I had never thought about.  I spoke about the Family Treatment Drug Court and the Chief Judge of the Youth Court, Steven McEwen, was in attendance.  Later in the afternoon I’m told he spoke and reiterated much of what I had to say.  After lunch I left to have a much-anticipated meeting with Monsignor David Cappo, Commissioner for Social Inclusion.  Our one hour meeting stretched to 90 minutes as we had much to discuss.  I think I am safe in saying our thoughts and ideas are quite compatible.  I got home to rest for one hour then met Sue King and her husband Andrew at my apartment and we walked over to the Cinema where we attended the premiere of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” a fundraiser for OXFAM.  The movie tracked the book quite well and the actress who played Lisbeth was absolutely perfect.  The scenes of the little town of horrors were spectacular and I was on the edge of my seat several times.  After the movie and not winning the raffle prizes, we repaired to the Belgian Beer Cafe Oostende for a late supper.  Andrew had a beautiful fish stew, Sue and her friend Mike had fishcakes and frittes and I had their gnocci in a pancetta sauce.  Heavenly potato pillows in a smokey light cream sauce.  Delish!  Saturday morning I was back at the Law Society conference for a public speech which went very well.  I then dashed off to the Central Market which  readers from last fall may remember as a foodie’s nirvana.  I toted home a spinach and tomato quiche; half barbeque chicken; salad fixings; some lovely cheeses; fruit, including some incredible figs; tinylamb chops and a jalapeno bagel with Danish butter for tomorrow’s breakfast.  Love that place.  I had pretty much exhaused what Pamela had laid in for me upon my arrival last week.  Seven days ago?  Oh, my.  I’m having dinner with a friend from Sydney tonight — Astrid Birgden who is the warden of the mandatory treatment jail or gaol I’m going to tour when I get up the New South Wales near the end of my visit.  Sunday will definitely be a day of rest, reflection and maybe cracking into the second book after “Tattoo” lent to me by Ingrid Haythorpe.  Before I know it it will be Monday morning again and it’s of to the races.  Week two doesn’t look any less busy than this first one.

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Top judges and more media

Posted by peggyhora on March 24, 2010

My day started with breakfast with the Thinkers CEO, Gabe Kelley.  We went to a great little place near my apartment that was new to me.  Very nice breakfast with fresh orange juice.  Next, to the office where I worked on briefing papers and then met for lunch with the Chief Justice, John Doyle; Chief Judge of the District Court, Terry Worthington; and, Chief Magistrate Liz Bolton.  They were quite keen to know what I’ve been thinking and are anxious to work closely during the rest of my residency to advance the recommendations I’ll make.  After lunch the media advisor Joanna Hughes and I met a phototographer and writer for the City Messenger, another local newspaper.  There should be a story next week (they’re a weekly). After the interview and photo session it was back to the office where Catalysts Sue King and Nichole Hunter are whipping my writing into shape and continuing to research all the issues.  It’s going to be a nice collaboration to produce the report.

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From Justice to Justice

Posted by peggyhora on August 31, 2009

Gabrielle Kelly, Director, Thinker in Residence

Gabrielle Kelly, Director, Thinker in Residence

After a relatively quiet weekend, I jumped back into Monday with a number of meetings.  I’ve now spent more time with the South Australian Supreme Court than California’s.  I met with Justice Thomas Gray in the morning and finished the day with the Courts Administration Authority Council meeting chaired by Chief Justice John Doyle. I received lovey books from both:  Justice Gray gave me  Dame Roma about Australia’s first woman on the Supreme Court (and, by the way, first woman QC, first woman Deputy Chancellor and Chancellor of a University, first woman to gain a vice-regal appointment as Governor of SA and the founder of the Australian Commission for Human Rights) and First Among Equals, a book about SA’s Chief Justices (but not Chief Justice Doyle unfortunately). In between I met with the chair of the Commission for Victims’ Rights and Gabrielle Kelly, Director of the Adelaide Thinker in Residence (ATIR) program, and I met with members of the Cabinet Office.  I also managed to squeeze in clearing my desk and getting further organized.  I’ve been emailing all sorts of research and papers to interested parties and continue to do enhance my knowledge of SA’s justice system.  I nestled in for a quiet dinner at home then fell asleep reading about the Australian Constitution. I’m just living La Vida Loca.   Tuesday is a “thinking day” with a meeting in the late afternoon of the SA Chapter of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and I’m hoping to see the Aboriginal art exhibit at the Museum which has the largest collection in the world.  Tuesday is also the Vernal Equinox. “A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.”  Emily Dickinson

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