If you want a job, why not blog it? James McConvill, senior law lecturer at La Trobe University and prolific blogger, has.

In a recent post, “My Case to Become Head of Deakin Law School“, McConvill presents his ten-point argument for why he should replace outgoing head Mirko Bagaric.
“I think there is
one candidate for the position that must not be overlooked. Me.”

For self-promotion it doesn’t get more shameless. Still,
unlikely to be fazed by such accusations – he cites “the hubris of the
young” as one of the reasons he should get the job. And with a promise of ensuring that Deakin Law “kicks some serious butt
with its research performance”, who wouldn’t be tempted to make him head, if only to see what happens next?

Over at Larvatus Prodeo,
Shaun reckons it’s all a hoax. “It has to be.
There is
simply no other rational explanation for what happens at that blog.”
But McConvill, who stares imperiously from his blog
header, is the real deal. He told Crikey today that while he’s “very
happy” in his current position at La Trobe he’s interested in the “superior position”. Blogging about it, he says, is “in
the spirit of public discourse”.

Meanwhile, if part of the Deakin job description is to be
controversial, McConvill would certainly be a worthy successor to Mirko
sometimes torture is OK” Bagaric. Here are extracts from some of his op-eds:

  • There is one sure-fire way to deal with the dreadful conditions
    within Aboriginal communities in Northern Australia – the forced
    removal of Aboriginal children. – “Time to remove the neglected generation”, Online Opinion

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