Treasurer Joe Hockey is suing Fairfax Media for defamation over a front page headline on May 5 in the metropolitan papers reading “Treasurer for Sale”.
The defamation proceedings were filed against the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times, according to The Australian.
Fairfax declined to comment when contacted by B&T.
A spokesperson for the Treasurer said: “The Treasurer has filed statements of claim in the federal court in relation to defamation proceedings against The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times and their online services.
“The Treasurer’s determination to seek to prosecute this matter against the relevant publications should not be underestimated.”
According to the Sydney Morning Herald the case will be first mentioned in court on June 12.
The Guardian reports that when the story first came out Hockey said they are both “offensive and repugnant”.