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Inside Today's Independent Financial Review

Inside Today's Independent Financial Review

FOREST FRENZY; A mountainous one-year backlog of felled timber has grown outside wood processors' doors as forest owners rush to beat Kyoto carbon charges. Nick Smith reports.

MINISTER DEFENDS OUTSOURCING BINGE; Social development Ruth Dyson says it's OK the Ministry of Social Development last year spent $6 million on outsourced services, despite staff numbers hitting 10,000, reports Kimberley Villari.

ON THE HOUSE; As the housing market slows, homeowners are likely to stop withdrawing equity from their homes, potentially sucking $3 billion a year of spending out of retail and the broader economy.

SUPERSIZE ME; Dairy farmers shouldn't just think about what might happen if they OK Fonterra's listing plan; they also need to think about what might happen if they don't.

POWER FAILURE; Was Vector ambushed by the Commerce Commission, or did it just pay too much for NGC?

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