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By Stuart Biggins
A LEONGATHA com-
puter retailer is disap-
pointed he was over-
looked as a supplier of
computers for secondary
Anthony Kaldvee of LAIT
Computers in Leongatha said he
could supply computers with the
speed and power to match what
Leongatha Secondary College
advised its students to buy at half
The college recommends the
Macbook Air which retails at
just under $1600. Mr Kaldvee
said the machine was far in ex-
cess of a student’s needs to write
Word documents and browse the
He said while he could not
match the Macbook Air’s alu-
minium case or battery, his com-
puter was as good in every other
Parents opted to follow the
system put in place by the school
and purchased their computers
through the Melbourne and Syd-
ney based company My Mac.
Mr Kaldvee said that ar-
rangement discouraged money
being spent in country towns
He said the business gener-
ated in the town by the purchase
of hundreds of computers, and
quite possibly the creation of one
or two jobs, had been lost.
“Unless a student is enrolled
in an elective such as an art or
graphics subject which might
require sophisticated software
and the hardware like an Apple
Not happy: the proprietor of LAIT Computers in Leongatha,
Anthony Kaldvee, has missed out on most of the business of
supplying computers to secondary college students to a Mel-
Macbook to run it, a less power-
ful computer was more than ad-
equate for a secondary student’s
needs,” Mr Kaldvee said.
The former Rudd Govern-
ment’s Digital Education Revo-
lution launched in 2008 provided
laptops to all public secondary
school students in years 9 to 12.
The program was discon-
tinued at the end of 2013 and
now parents of secondary school
students reaching Year 9 are re-
quired to buy computers them-
Leongatha Secondary Col-
lege principal Wayne Chester
defended the school’s computer
program. He said parents could
still buy computers wherever
“The current arrangements
allow people to buy what they
can afford and still access the
system,” he said.
“The link through our
website portal to My Mac has
been provided as an option for
“They can choose to purchase
through the portal at education
pricing and have the convenience
of arranging this online.
“Parents make an enquiry
through the portal and are con-
tacted by the company to ensure
they understand the options
in terms of payment of device
Mr Chester said this made
purchasing simple for parents
and buying the Apple Macbook
Air from My Mac at education
department pricing was cheaper
than purchasing it off the shelf.
Mr Chester said in the past
three years, the school has con-
tinually built and improved its
computer infrastructure to sup-
port a wide range of devices.
He said the school has re-
searched, funded and deployed
its own wireless network to
enable students to easily get
onboard with any device they
The school has strategically
selected apps and web services
such as Google Apps for educa-
tion that are ‘device agnostic’ to
continue to support a variety of
At Korumburra Secondary
College, laptop purchases are
available directly with the com-
puter company Learning with
Technologies, with prices start-
ing at $622.
Based in Blackburn, Learn-
ing with Technologies has more
than 4000 schools as customers.
Principal Abigail Graham
said families were free to choose
which computers to use.
“Students have the choice to
use what is here, buy a new one
or use an old one,” she said.
TWO Taiwanese backpackers work-
ing for a Toora dairy company were
short-changed almost $7400 over three
months, a Fair Work Ombudsman inves-
tigation has found.
The casual workers, in Australia on 417 work-
ing holiday visas, were underpaid $3696 each
while packing infant formula destined for the lu-
crative Chinese market.
They were paid a flat rate of $15 an hour at
the Toora factory of Viplus Dairy Pty Ltd.
They should have been paid $21.09 for nor-
mal hours worked, but the company told the Fair
Work Ombudsman that in addition to the $15, it
provided the workers with free accommodation
The workers, who have since returned to Taiwan,
were underpaid while working at the factory for 92
days from January 12 to April 14 last year.
The Fair Work Ombudsman investigated af-
ter the couple, who spoke limited English and
communicated with Fair Work inspectors via
an interpreter, contacted the agency in July last
Viplus Dairy has now signed an Enforceable
Undertaking to encourage behavioural change
and ensure future compliance with its workplace
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the
employer co-operated with the investigation, re-
paid the employees and has revised its workplace
She said all employees working in Australia,
including visa-holders, were entitled to minimum
wages which were not negotiable.
She encouraged employers with any uncertainty
about their workplace obligations to visit the Fair
Work Ombudsman website at www.fairwork.gov.
au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for
An interpreter service is available by calling 13
14 50, and information on the website is translated
into 27 languages.
The Fair Work Ombudsman currently has a na-
tional Inquiry into the wages and conditions of 417
working holiday visa-holders in Australia.
The agency is now receiving more requests for
assistance from visa-holders than ever before, with
requests from visa-holders accounting for almost
12 per cent of all requests lodged last financial
ViPlus was contacted but was not available for
comment before going to print.
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