A screen grab, taken from the ABC, of riots on Manus Island on Sunday.

An image of the riots on Manus Island. Photo: Supplied

The Abbott government is not planning to release the interim report of its inquiry into the death of one asylum seeker and injuries to more than 60 others on Manus Island in February.

It also is intending to keep the final report under wraps, citing the practice of the former Labor government with similar inquiries into incidents at detention facilities on Christmas Island and Nauru.

"As has been consistently stated, the government has adopted the same process for the conduct of the review as the previous government initiated in its review into the Nauru processing centre riot," a spokesman for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said. "The final report will be released, consistent with those same processes."*

The lack of information comes as the Immigration Department pressed ahead with transporting 83 asylum seekers to Curtin Immigration Detention centre, many of whom were due to give evidence against the department in another case on Friday.

Lawyers failed to get an injunction on Wednesday afternoon in the Federal Circuit Court to allow the asylum seekers to give their evidence. Instead, some will be moved to Western Australia on Thursday, while others will be moved on Sunday.

Judge Rolf Driver said he found it difficult to see how the detainees would be disadvantaged by being transferred given that the directions hearing on Friday would only involve legal argument. ''At the present time there is no persuasive reason to interfere with the ordinary operation decisions of the minister's department,'' he said.

But barrister Wayne Flynn argued the government was being ''hasty'' by transferring the detainees to the other side of the continent on Thursday, the day before their matter was to be heard.

''There has been no explanation as to why the notice [to transfer] was given so late,'' Mr Flynn said.

The detainees are challenging the government for leaking their personal details published on the Immigration Department's website in February.

Details of up to 10,000 asylum seekers were leaked, including their full names, date of birth, location and arrival date.

Meanwhile, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young accused the government of working ''feverishly to cover up'' what happened on the night of February's Manus Island violence, describing the refusal to release the report as ''unacceptable''.

Senator Hanson-Young cited the rejection of requests from PNG police for assistance from the Australian Federal Police, complaints that the security contractor G4S had failed to fully co-operate with the PNG police probe and the deportation of an Australian lawyer who had obtained statements from eye witnesses to the violence.

Labor's immigration spokesman, Richard Marles, has called on the government to release the progress report without delay.

* Clarification: An earlier version of this story may have suggested to some readers that the final report into the Manus Island riot would never be released. The Immigration Department said the report would be released at a time of its choosing.