Hate to burst your bubble there, but Australia isnt far away from not being able to provide internships for its graduates.
You can thank the Howard government for that, funding and approving about a dozen medical schools at once without setting up a system to accomodate them or train them further.....and when it comes to applying for speciality training....good luck!
Are you a doctor/medical student?? - I'm guess not by your comments.
A few interns aren't getting jobs as of this years grads. If you read all of my post it's just the internationals that are missing out, and will miss out. Local graduates (not FFP at ND syd) are guaranteed internships. And if you're getting political, it's federal labor that's trying to fund an extra 200 intern spots a year (in private hospitals - no experience) just so they can say they graduated X number of doctors per year.
AUstralia's Dr shortage isn't pure numbers, it's the number of consultants that are available. This will eventually be met soon enough. There has been dramatic increases in medical student numbers since 2000, peaking this year. Those that began studying in 2000 will be registrars now, soon to be consultants. the flow will continue.
Specialty training positions is a funny topic. Yes there is more competition, but with increased medical school places, there is also a decrease in standards of entry. Some doctors I've spoken to have told me not to worry too much as at least 1/4 students they see now days are under par. Something that I would have to agree with. Not to mention there is more older people and women training in medicine. these groups (plus the afore mentioned poor students) gravitate to genearl practice for the following few reasons
1) ease in training (shorter periods)
2) ease to get in (govt. keeps funding positions) and
3) it's easy, with no difficult exams
So really, provided you're not an idiot and work hard, anything is achievable.