Morrison government faces first test under new refugee medical transfer laws

Meanwhile, the government has transferred a large number of refugees and asylum seekers to the mainland for medical treatment under the old system.

Refugee advocates Ian Rintoul and Pamela Curr estimated 20 people had been brought to Australia since the medical transfer legislation passed.

They said another 12 to 15 people on Nauru were slated for transfers awaiting final approval from the government of Nauru.