From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

He's not heavy. Laurie Ferguson has weighed into the debate about his brother Martin Ferguson's support for the NSW Liberals policy of selling poles and wires, saying that he doesn't think Mar'n should be expelled but that he disagrees with his views on privatisation. We hear from a tipster that Laurie may have more than a few reasons to speak out, as he is facing the real possibility of losing preselection for his seat of Werriwa before next year's election. The seat has already come up in negotiations over state preselection. Laurie was parachuted into the seat under a factional deal before the 2010 election and was challenged for preselection before the 2013 poll, so it's not completely new, but we've been told to watch out for "factional/sub-factional chaos". Sounds like  an interesting Easter dinner ahead at the Ferguson household.