Attorney-General George Brandis took the unusual step of telling the Australian Financial Review that the Coalition government "had no intention of over-turning the Labor government’s ban, before he'd held a media conference on the matter.
In response Huawei released a statement on Tuesday morning indicating it would be still fighting for a piece of the NBN pie, despite the comments from Brandis.
“Huawei understands no decisions have been made by the Government regarding the NBN, pending outcomes of the strategic review,” the statement said.
Brandis had told the newspaper that while speculation was rife the new government was reconsidering the ban on awarding contracts to Huawei, "no plans were in place to make changes."
“The decision of the previous government not to permit Huawei to tender for the NBN was made on advice from the national security agencies,” Brandis said.
“Since the election the new government has had further briefings from the national security agencies. No decision has been made by the new government to change the existing policy.”
We originally reported back in March 2012 the Labor government had decided to bar Huawei from any NBN work, due to security concerns.
"As a strategic and significant government investment, we have a responsibility to do our utmost to protect [the NBN's] integrity and that of the information carried on it," a spokeswoman for Attorney General Nicola Roxon said at the time.
"This is consistent with the government's practice for ensuring the security and resilience of Australia's critical infrastructure more broadly."
This led the Chinese giant to call for Australia's commitment to the National Broadband Network to be 'above politics', arguing that the network rollout was a defining moment in the nation's history.
"There always will be, and should be, debate about implementation, in fact of the five NBNs Huawei is building globally, no two are the same," Huawei corporate and public affairs director Jeremy Mitchell told the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications Inquiry.
"But we believe there should be an agreed set of guidelines for Australia's NBN, equality of service, investment in the best technology and that we build not just a network but a 'networked nation' where 'no one gets left behind."
Mitchell said there were 'moments in a country's history' where choices were made that laid the foundations for the social development and economic prosperity for the decades to come, comparing the NBN to similar 'visionary' infrastructure rollouts in the US such as the construction of railroads and interstate highway networks.
"The 21st century is the Asia-Pacific century. Singapore, Malaysia, and China are investing in fibre networks, Korea and Japan have already invested. If Australia is to take full advantage of this opportunity we need to make sure we aren't the poor digital cousins in the neighbourhood," he said.
It appears that Huawei won't be a part of that history however, at least for now. That hasn't stopped the UK however, which recently accepted a US$2 billion investment from Huawei.