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Maydena Online Access Centre to close

Jeremy Rockliff has betrayed the people of Maydena with the impending closure of the Online Access Centre.

Labor Shadow Education Minister Michelle O’Byrne said the decision would leave some people in Maydena without access to the internet.

Just weeks ago Jeremy Rockliff appeared to offer a stay of execution for Online Access Centres around the state by extending funding until the end of 2016.

Now the people of Maydena have been told that their local online access centre could be closed within the next two months.

Ms O’Byrne condemned the cowardly decision, which was made after Labor tabled a petition with over 450 signatures calling on the Government to commit to the long term future of Online Access Centres.

For some people Online Access Centres are their only means of accessing the internet to pay bills, access services and communicate with friends and family.

At one of the busiest times of the year for people the government is clearly hoping that no one will notice its attempt to shut down the Maydena online access centre.

Mr Rockliff needs to step in and apply the same funding extension to all Online Access Centres.
Michelle O’Byrne MP Labor Shadow Education Minister

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  1. rod hill

    December 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Not only the Maydena OAC is closing Clarence Plains OAC is also closing as of 24 Dec 2015. when is the minister going to come clean and announce how many more will be closed . I notice the closures where left till after the parliament concluded for the year.

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