The secret committee determining medical transfers from Nauru and Manus Island

The committee serves as a crucial decision-making body for considering transfers of asylum seekers and refugees seeking urgent medical care, and has met roughly once a month over an 18-month period.

The existence of the body has emerged at a critical time for the Government, as crossbench MP Kerryn Phelps flags a renewed push to permanently remove children from Nauru to Australia.