The mysterious case of the $415 million IMG visa

No, a government plan to save big bucks won't solve our rural GP shortage


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Every year in Australia, an unsolved mystery arises.

It's neither theological or scientific in nature, but can be considered a fiscal mystery — and it has to do with the accounting methodologies underpinning the federal budget.

Back in May, those of us who waded through the health papers on budget night came across a Loch Ness monster.

Attached to a short item called “Visas for general practice” were promised savings of $415 million over three years.

It was a big number.