I need to mention these stats again as they form the basis of my argument. In round numbers the state govs have been offering 3100 intern spots a year to domestic CSP+FFP graduates plus 300 to international graduates. About 200 int'l graduates fail to get one. - On saving $90K/year: If the govs wanted to they could save 300 times $90K/year right now by not employing the int'l grads, no need to wait for a reduction in domestic grads first. But they have not done that, they are not interested in that saving. - So why do they continue employing int'l grads every year: It would be naive to say for political reasons they don't want people to see int'l grads unemployed (the public wouldn't give two hoots about foreigners being unemployed in Aus, and besides the govs do let 200 of them go unemployed). A more likely answer is they want to appease the public with a good number of interns they commit to train to become future doctors. Adding these premises together my argument is the number of interns taken in a year is not dictated by the number of domestic grads, but is a number the govs themselves desire & come up with, politically motivated or not. If we argue for a reduction of domestic grads their intern places would just get filled from the 200 unemployed int'l grads. If by more than 200 there's a pool of pre-vocational IMGs the govs can access. I see nothing pointing to a reduced intern intake.