Joe Hockey is suing Fairfax newspapers for defamation

TREASURER Joe Hockey is suing several Fairfax newspapers for defamation.

The move comes following front-page stories published this month which were related to his role in Liberal Party fundraising, the ABC has reported.

At the time Mr Hockey's office responded to allegation he was up for sale with this statement: "Any suggestion that the Treasurer is for sale is offensive and repugnant."

His office has confirmed that the Treasurer today filed statements of claim in the Federal Court in relation to defamation proceedings.

Mr Hockey is taking legal action against the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times and their online services.