Coalition 'undermined our democracy', should apologise for election-day asylum seeker boat saga, Labor says
AdvertisementHome Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo's report released on Friday found Ms Andrews, following the orders of then prime minister Scott Morrison, put the heat on public servants to issue a statement while an on-water operation was still in play.
The vessel from Sri Lanka was being turned back on its way to Australia.
Ms Andrews said on Saturday there was "absolutely no pressure" on officials to get the details out.
Text messages about the boat were later sent out by the Liberal Party, telling Australians to vote Liberal to "keep our borders secure".
Ms O'Neil said the incident strengthened the need for a federal anti-corruption watchdog.
SBS News has contacted Mr Morrison's office for comment.