Nauru detention move criticized

The Australian Human Rights Law Centre says toxic politics was behind Canberra's refusal to endorse legislation to end offshore detention.

The Migration Amendment [Evacuation to Safety] Bill was introduced by Greens Senator Nick McKim but tossed out by Labor and the Liberal opposition.

The Law Centre's Scott Cosgriff said the law change, for the remaining approximately 150 people trapped on Nauru, is an opportunity to move to Australia after they have endured ten years of inhuman treatment.

Cosgriff said there was a lack of courage and political will.