Funding sought for High Court challenge to pollies' perks

THE group representing former federal politicians wants the Commonwealth to fund a High Court challenge to reforms which stripped them of millions of dollars in perks.

The Daily Telegraph has reported the group wrote to the Commonwealth about a month ago seeking funding for a test case in the High Court.

Reforms passed by Parliament earlier this year reducing gold pass entitlement for former MPs from 25 domestic flights annually to 10, as well as changes to superannuation payments for certain retired politicians.

Attorney-general in the Fraser government Bob Ellicott has offered to lead the test case for the Association of Former MPs of the Parliament of Australia, the Telegraph reported.

About 400 MPs would benefit from a successful court ruling, which would also flow through to some sitting MPs upon retirement.