Senator DI NATALE (Victoria) (12:18): I move:
That the Senate—
(a) expresses concern over the audit of the National Medical Intern Data Management Working Group's findings that approximately 240 Australian medical graduates will not be offered a state or territory internship position;
(b) notes that completing a medical internship is an essential process for a graduate to work as a doctor in Australia;
(c) recognises that:
(i) medical internship opportunities are necessary to keep doctors in Australia and to address shortages across rural and regional Australia, and
(ii) insufficient medical internship placements will impact on Australia's ability to attract international students to Australian universities; and
(d) calls on the Government to expand funding to the Commonwealth Medical Initiative to guarantee an internship for all Australian medical students.