No one expected the LNP to win the 2019 election, especially the LNP. To prepare for their impending loss they laid a few booby traps for the incoming Labor government. Unfortunately (for the LNP), these traps backfired.
First thing that happened was that a number of boats arrived or tried to arrive (hard to get information from this government). The ones we know about came from Sri Lanka and must have set sail long before the election. No doubt the government had their message ready about the borders not being safe under Labor, but now they were the ones who had to deal with the mess. Ed: They still blamed Labor of course.
Kristina Keneally issued a tweet accusing the Federal Government of halting aerial surveillance earlier this year. I wonder who told the Sri Lankans we weren’t watching any more.