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Missing: Week 3

Posted by peggyhora on April 8, 2010

How can it be Friday already and I haven’t written on this blog for days?   Sun. will mean this residency is half over already.  Yikes!  Here goes:  On Tuesday (Mon. was a public holiday) I appeared on Dave & Matt drive time radio show except Matt wasn’t there.  It’s on ABC (public radio) and has a good audience.  They’re known for being a little provocative but Dave was not combative with me.  Callers were not obnoxious.  My catalysts, Sue King and Nichole Hunter, and I met to reorganize the report categorises.  We’re moving well on that.  In the afternoon I met with Jerome Maguire, the CEO of the Attorney General’s office and the head of the Department of Public Prosecution.  Both meetings were quite productive and I got good input.  That evening I had dinner with Federal Magistrate Charlotte Kelly and some of her colleagues to discuss the Unified Family Treatment Court idea.  We ate at Enzo’s which you may remember from the night I saw Carole King and James Taylor.  It was excellent again.  Wednesday I met with the Premier’s  Senior Management Council in the morning and Legal Services Commission lawyers Gabrielle Canny, Rob Croser and Karen Lehmann in the afternoon.  In between I wrote and wrote.  That evening was the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychology and the Law (ANZAPPL) dinner at the British Hotel where I spoke on co-occurring disorders.  I had something I had not ordered before — Scotch fillet (the ‘t’ is pronounced) — which turned out to be like a slice of prime rib only tougher.  Not unpleasant though.  Thursday was a meeting with Ilona Kickbush, Thinker #13, with whom I am appearing next week along with Geoff Mulgan in the Thinkers’ Return debut.  The three of us are invited to talk about what comes out of crisis – more of the same or change —  and it will be narrated by Fran Kelly, a well-known journalist. It will also be the launch for a new Thinkers’ initiative which will be introduced by the Premier.   In the afternoon, I met with the A Team, my youth advisory council, and they are making fantastic progress on their report.  I was particularly taken by a virtual tour they are creating for the courts’ website.  Very cool.  Ten of them are coming to the Thinkers’ Return event and will be live Tweeting.  Thursday evening was pure pleasure with only a tiny bit of business.  A group of six of us was hosted by Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis at the very exclusive Queen Adelaide Club.  We had a fabulous evening that started with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres in the library.  Dim sum in a Chinese soup spoon, crispy shrimp with a dipping sauce, and some other lovely little bites followed by a choice of duck or baramundi, a South Australian fish with which I have fallen in love.  I had it the other day beer battered with chips and it is a sweet and succulent white fish.  Also in attendance were Pauline Peel, head of Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Ingrid Haythorpe,  Executive Director of planning, policy and legislation in the Attorney General’s office; Tahnya Donaghy, executive director of policy and intergovernment relations in the health department (and with whom I had spent the weekend in Mannum last time); and, Sue Vardon former, CEO of various Commonwealth and state agencies.  We had an absolutely fabulous time.  Good food, lovely surroundings and six powerful, intelligent and interesting women — what’s not to love?  Friday I meet with the judges to update them on my thinking, spend time writing in the office and them am picked up by Judge Michael Boylan and his wife for a weekend in Kangaroo Island.  I am so looking forward to that.  Details and photos to follow.


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Great start to Week 2

Posted by peggyhora on March 29, 2010

Despite being late to the office which was NOT my fault but I don’t want to embarass the person whose fault it was since Sue forgot to pick me up at my apartment.  Oops!, spilled the beans.  Gary Thompson, Ingrid Haythorpe and a couple other from the AG’s department met with the team to throw around some ideas and it was a very productive session.  The afternoon was a thinking day set aside for me to process all the information I have to in order to make my recommendations cogtent and evidence-based.  The justice system is huge and includes so many different diverse groups it’s important that all aspects be reviewed before any final decisions are made.  I’m also putting together a research document for those who want to delve into the subjects a little further.  It seems a shame that two and a half years of document gathering should only be used once.  Additionally, we’ll draw up an implementation plan so the report does not become a doorstop.  The evening started with dinner at Enzo’s an old-fashioned, what I would call North Beach-style, Italian restaurant near the Adelaide event center.  I had a fabulous organic, free range chicken breast stuffed with spinach and covered with crispy prosciutto.  It sat upon a potato galette and was surrounded with a gargonzola sauce.  Brocolini accompanied it.  When I say it was divine, it was to die for.  After dinner Sue, her husband Andrew and their friends and I went to hear Carole King and James Taylor in concert.  It’s been a good ten years since I saw music live except for the symphony, ballet and opera.  I forgot how much fun it was to sing along.  The center was packed to the gills but I was able to see everything on the Jumbotrons.  What a great invention.  All in all, a terrific day.

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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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Media blitz

Posted by peggyhora on March 23, 2010

Well, perhaps not a blitz per se but this morning I was interviewed for an hour by Tori Shepherd from The Advertiser, Adelaide’s local newspaper.  She was quite engaging and had lots of good questions.  I’m hoping she not only does a general story but can run a couple of follow-up articles from the interview.  Her photographer appeared later in the afternoon and we went for a variety of shots in front of the Supreme Court. My least favorite was sitting on the lawn al fresco looking at the Court.  Sigh.  What they’ll probably run is one of me seated on a bench, looking over the back with the Court in the background.  Lunchtime was spent with Ingrid Haythorpe whom you’ll remember as my hostess in Mannum on the river and Gary Thompson the State Court Administrator with whom I shared a meal at his home with his wife and two adorable daughters during my last visit.  We caught up on the latest news and talked about the directions of my residency.  They were, as always, helpful and encouraging.  We ate at the Chessar Cellar, a vunerable old resturant that’s a bit of an institution.  I had a lovely seafood tagliatele with squid, prawns, scallops and fish in a spicy light tomato sauce.  I also had informal meetings throughout the day with my project catalast, Sue King, and new-on-board second catalyst, Nichole Hunter who has a criminology research background with a special expertise in restorative justice.  They went to work straight away organizing the preliminary notes I had brought along.  Now that there’s a structure for my report, we can forge ahead with the draft.  The day ended with a meeting with the drug court prosecutors.  Again, I skipped going out for dinner and instead stayed in for fruit and cheese.  Off to bed soon where I’m reading a delightful book on my Kindle titled Somewhere Towards the End by 90-year-old memoirist Diana Athill. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “She is bluntly unconcerned with conventional wisdom, unapologetically recounting her extended role as the Other Woman in her companion’s prior marriage.”   The New Yorker says, “Athill spent more than fifty years editing writers including Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, Jean Rhys, and V. S. Naipaul. In later life, she ‘had the luck to discover’ that she could write…”  And write she can.

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Posted by peggyhora on September 27, 2009

Rodin's Le Penseur

Rodin's Le Penseur

I left SFO on August 10, almost 50 days ago, to come to Adelaide, a city I’d never seen, to participate in a program which details were not known to me and to live in a rented apartment for the first time in my life (except for two months when I was 17 but that’s another story).  I had two acquaintances but no friends here in South Australia.  I leave with 500 acquaintances and many, many friends.  I had high hopes and lots of ideas about change.  “People say that time changes everything but you really have to change yourself.”  Compliments of that great philosopher, Andy Warhol.  I leave having  given 18 different addresses (okay I used some of the same Power Points), met some of the state’s legal icons, had 365 hits on my website, wrote more than 40 blog entries and had as many as 100 readers on some days, gave away 250 business  cards (no one has ever needed a second box before), made two out-of-state trips, have met with the Premier, both the state and Commonwealth’s Attorney General, two cabinet ministers, and lord knows how many departments.  My barista in the Thinkers office building knows my order — flat, white decaf — and I’ve filled two “frequent flyer” cards and received my free cups of coffee.   The drivers of the cars who pick me up and schlep me around all know me now and pretty much know exactly where I’m going. One said the other day, “They didn’t tell me I was picking up Peggy Sue.”   I’ve been invited into homes for dinner and taken to must see tourist sites.  I’ve met husbands, wives, children and partners of my office mates and judicial colleagues.  I’ve managed to amuse the staff and myself on many occasions and have spent the week saying goodbye.  Early in my residency, Pamela said the Thinkers always come back (I’ve met two while here) and I can see why.  Not only do you want to see how your various recommendations are doing but you want to see the people with whom you’ve labored.  I’m so glad Sue King, my Project Catalyst, is able to stay on for the next 12 weeks to advance my work (and I should say “our work” because her thoughts, organization and insight have been invaluable) until my return on March 21.  I’m not sad and I don’t think I’ll cry when I get on the plane but it is with a tinge of something that I leave Adelaide and the Thinkers in Residence program this time.  But, as both General Mac Arthur and Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I’ll be back.”  Ta ta for now.

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The last of the meetings and press

Posted by peggyhora on September 26, 2009

There was a glitch in the car service so I got to stand in the rain for 20 minutes and be late for my first morning meeting with the senior prosecutors.  They, like everyone else, are concerned about court delay.  These barristers only prosecute indictable crimes (what we would call felonies) and the lesser crimes (misdemeanors) are prosecuted by the police.  It’s a very different system and, get this, there is no right to a speedy trial.  I’ve heard someone can be in custody for up to two years before trial.  They also have an acquittal rate of up to 50% and dismissal at the commitment stage (preliminary hearing) of almost 50% as well.  I am hoping to help reverse these numbers with some recommendations on trial delay reduction, case management, and streamlining.  After breakfast, I came into the office with a storage bin so I won’t have to wag things back and forth across the Pacific and launched into a second meeting with the Department of Families and Communities, AG, and others on the Family Treatment Court concept which may be funded by the Commonwealth.  Next came the debrief of the residency with the entire Thinker team and that rolled into lunch.  I took Sue and Pamela to a thank you lunch at Chesser Cellars, the site of the lamb and Shiraz gravy pie which I had again.  Dang good.  Not to mention the sticky pudding with caramel, clotted cream and ice cream.  We had a wonderful time and were lingering over our coffees when the phone rang to remind us I had a farewell interview with The Advertiser.  Yikes!  I had completely forgotten.  We dashed back to the office, I had my interview, turned on the “Out of Office Assistant,” cleaned up my emails and Kerryl transferred all my files and email to my jump drive.  Now if I can just figure out how to transfer that data when I get home.  I may have to call my neighbor, Al Hudock, who helped me get all my Outlook data on my travel computer.  low his wife Marge and I have our book group on Thursday.  It’s a little weird to think of the usual things at home.  Kerryl’s boyfriend Ian whom I call Morgan (as in Freeman) and who calls me Ms. Daisy, gave me a ride home and I started to pack the two large suitcases that could hold refrigerators.  I finally gave up and flopped on the couch to nestle in for the news of the football game in Melbourne that is the equivalent of the Super Bowl.  Not that I give two hoots about it but, except for the PBS-like ABC, it was on every channel and that’s the pre-game.  I don’t think I’ll be going out tomorrow night because the footy playoffs + lots of alcohol = stay off the streets.  Watching 19-year-olds being rowdy and puking on the sidewalk fits right in with the third circle of hell. Saturday I will try to catch up with Thinker #16 Laura Lee who is in town for her second residency but if she’s not available, my treat for finishing most of the packing tomorrow is to sneak in my first movie since I’ve been here.  Otherwise I expect a quiet day.

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Farewell dinner

Posted by peggyhora on September 24, 2009

Thinking waiter

Thinking waiter

Half the gang

Half the gang


Half the gang

Half the gang

Sue King leaves for Vietnam and Cambodia on Friday night so we’re had our farewell dinner on Thursday night at La Trattoria which is rumored to have the best pizza in Adelaide.  I had the “best gourmet pizza,”,award winning “Andy’s seafood” pie that came with calamari, prawns and scallops with marinara sauce.  I can see why it won awards in both Australia and New York.  In the morning I spoke at a conference of the Aboriginal Legal Rights group at the University of Adelaide about therapeutic jurisprudence and indiginous people.  I also met with two people from the Australian Law Reform Commission about domestic violence issues.  I had lunch with Commissioner Mal Hyde, Asst. Commissioner Gary Burns and Bronwyn Killmer, the highest ranking female member of the South Australian Police to discuss court delay and other issues.  I got a little planning time and finished packing up what stays here and what gets shipped home.  A local icon is Parole Board Chair Francis Nelson QC who has headed the board for 26 years.  I met with her before the farewell dinner and it was very intersting. We had some serious discussions but also a few laughs.  Friday is my last day in the office.  Sniff.   I have my last meetings then it’s off to Rundle Mall for boomerang key chains.  Shhh, don’t tell the kids; they’re stocking stuffers.

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Week 6. Yikes!

Posted by peggyhora on September 22, 2009

I began my last week of the first stint as ATIR at breakfast with Greg  Mackie, the boss of the office and the founder of the Festival of Ideas.  Remember, early on I told you about the Adelaide tradition of innovation and thoughts whereas we have festivals about vegetables — asparagus, garlic, zucchini, pumpkin.  He’s a charming and engaging guy and encouraged me to tell all and I did.  Pamela, Sue and I spent the next couple of hours working on my farewell presentation to the partners and preparing for a legislative meeting with the Attorney General’s office for them to brief me about what’s in the pipeline and for me to talk about what I’m thinking in terms of changes in the law.  I then spent the day organizing well, everything.  Then I was treated to dinner with six magistrates and, as always, it’s fun being with judges to compare practices around the world.  I love the looks of incredulity when one or the other of us describe how law is done in various jurisdictions.  There’s clearly more than one way to deliver justice, isn’t there?  We ate at Alphutte, an iconic Adelaide restaurant that is a favorite with the “businessmen” crowd for lunch.  I can see why.  Huge portions of large animals and not too much green.  It was fine but nothing to write home about except, I guess, I am writing home about it.  My dinner companions explained their work challenges and prompted me to think about some issues of importance to them.  On Tuesday, I had the AG legislative meeting, lunched with George Mancini, head of the Law Society, at a little place around the corner from the office that doesn’t look like much but put out a great little veal ragu rigatoni and we discussed some issues of concern of the attorneys in town.  The partners’ meeting at the Magistrates’ Court went great and I think they had no idea I had done so much while I was here.  That was followed by the launch of a new self-help booklet on debt collection and I finished a meeting with a quiet drink with Dr. Andrew Cannon, Deputy Chief Magistrate, the one person I knew in Adelaide when I arrived.  He is also the one who nominated me for ATIR and for that I will be eternally grateful.  I won’t see him again until next time and I appreciate all he has done for me while I was here.  I came home and dined on Maggie Beer’s fig and fennel paste smeared onto extra thin, extra crispy toasts imbedded with dried apricot and pistachios and covered with triple cream brie.  Yum.  I spentnsome time on the computer and retired about 9:30 having spent another exciting day filled with stimulating people, places and things.

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Mannum on the Murray

Posted by peggyhora on September 21, 2009

Haythorpe homestead, Mannum

Haythorpe homestead, Mannum

There’s nothing like a lazy weekend, sitting around, pretending to read, playing board games, drinking and eating well, and staring at water.  Whether it’s crashing waves or a quiet stream, there’s something absolutely primal about water.  Saturday afternoon I was lucky to be invited by Ingrid Haythorpe from the Attorney General’s staff on a visit “home” to a small town on the Murray River.  The poor river is in terrible trouble and is down about 6-7 feet.  We took the ferry over to the other side of the river to the family home we shared with “Mum” aka Marg, Ingrid’s sister Dinah, her husband Kim and their children Eli (12), his friend Tom (12) and Charlotte (10).  Tanya, Ingrid’s cousin who works in the Premier’s office, arrived with her baby Grace (9 months).  The gang was rounded out by Ingrid’s twins Remi (2) and Laura (2).  It was just an all round good time and a lovely ride both there and back.  Mannum is a town of about 2,000 and we went home over the Murray Bridge built in 1874.  We passed the grassland called the Murray Mallee and the whole thing is called the Murray Lands.  Earlier in the day Sue and I went out to the City of Playford, one of the partners in my residency, for their community forum.  I talked about my “Smart on Crime” initiatives and there was a nice turnout of the community.  On the way home, we passed “Scotty” for the third or fourth time and I just had to get a photo of him.  He reminded me of “Big Mike” on Main Street in Hayward.  Sunday night I was lucky enough to be invited to dinner at the home of Thinker staffer Denise Maddigan and her parner Pete.  We had a lovely fish dinner and a great chat about movies and life and politics and this and that. 
"Scotty," an Elizabeth icon

"Scotty," an Elizabeth icon

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Flinders and chestnut foam

Posted by peggyhora on September 17, 2009

I began the day with a phone discussion with Aboriginal Legal Rights about some issues up on the  Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara(APY) Lands located in the remote north west of Southern Australia.  About 2,500 indigenous people live there in very severe conditions.  Both the police and the courts want me to visit “The Lands” during my next stay in SA.  There are several justice issues with which to grapple, not the least of which is a lack of interpreters available when the judges ride circuit.  I moved on to a two-hour debriefing with Sue and Pam as it had been more than a week since we went over notes and made cards of issues for me to think about.  The treasury department representatives were next and they were extremely helpful with financial analysis of some of the issues I want to address.  They will do the cost/benefit analyses of my recommendations which will help sell the ideas.  Very good meeting.   I grabbed a piece of quiche for lunch from the little cafe downstairs where I get my coffee every morning.  From day one my barista remembered my order and I’m due for my second cup of free flat white decaf during my next visit.  Sue and I dashed off to Adelaide Pavillion on the Park where Flinders University School of Law was sponsoring a seminar “Working in Problem-Solving Courts” expertly organized by Professor Kathy Mack, a San Francisco lawyer who has lived here almost 30 years.  They expected 20, then 30, then 40 people and we ended up with an audience of about 125.  People from all parts of the justice system were interested from sheriffs (read bailiffs if you’re USA-based), community corrections, attorneys, service providers, NGOs, treatment personnel and others.  I gave the keynote and the wrap up and in between we had a panel consisting of Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Cannon, Danielle Misell (who called me “the mother of drug courts”), a barrister in the Adelaide drug court, Sgt. Liz Corbett from South Australia Police who works in the mental health diversion court, and Cornelia Steinhausser from community corrections who works with men who batter.  After tea we broke up into groups for discussion questions, did the usual reports back and I summed up. David Bamford, the dean of the law school, did a nice job of hosting the event and there was a “booze and schmooz” after with hot hors d’oeuvres and wine or beer.  I dashed home for a short rest and to check email if the truth be known and was picked up by Kathy Mack and Rod Watkins, my hosts in Goolwa a couple of weekends ago.  We went to Adelaide’s Best Restaurant of 2009, Auge.  It has a white Vespa parked in front and a lovely water feature down the middle of the restaurant now protected by glass panels because, I am told, more than one guest fell into the pond after the sommelier’s recommendations were followed at dinner.  The menu was eclectic and exciting with a selection of hand cured salumis which we shared, lovely choices for first plates and mains and two pages of cheeses from which to choose for dessert.  I had the rabbit tortellini with a chestnut foam and asparagus with a nice beurre blanc and ribbons of basil.  I topped off the meal with an affogato (literarly drowned) — homemade vanilla bean gelatto with shots of espresso and Fra Angelica to pour over the top.  I mushed up the ice cream to make a sort of affogato smoothie and it was divine.  Three tiny dark chocolate truffles came along with the check.  Kathy is off to China for a law conference tomorrow so I won’t be seeing her and Rod until the next visit unless they get to San Francisco before then.  It was another exciting, stimulating and productive day and I can’t believe I have just a little over a week before I return home.  Friday is a thinking day but I think I’ll sneak into the office for a little paper work before going to the Central Market for the last time.

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