In March 2019, after the “Medevac” bill passed Parliament (against the wishes of the government) the government rushed to re-open the Christmas Island detention centre (which was closed in 2018). This was clearly a wedge against Labor (soft on people smugglers etc.).
The PM visited the island along with a significant media contingent. Most of the short trip was taken up with a visit to the high-security North West Point Detention Centre – with lots of opportunities to take photos.
The facility was quickly, and quietly, closed again, via the budget, at a cost of $185m.
There were no people transferred there.
Locals saw it as a publicity stunt – https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-09/christmas-islanders-call-scott-morrison-visit-a-publicity-stunt/10886144
PM’s defends money spent on it – https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/07/scott-morrison-defends-spending-185m-reopening-christmas-island-centreTweet