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Inside Today's Independent Financial Review

Inside Today's Independent Financial Review

DAIRY FACES CRIPPLING CHARGE - New dairy farmers, already heavily in debt after paying top dollar for their farms, face a potentially crippling bill for carbon charges when agriculture starts having to pay for its emissions, reports Nick Smith.

CABINET PAPERS REVEAL AIRPORTS IRE - The government has slammed the regulatory regime for airports as "lacking credibility and robustness", indicating a new, tough line that could benefit airlines. Denise McNabb reports.

DEPARTMENT FACES PAYMENTS GRILLING - In the wake of the Madeleine Setchell and Clare Curran affairs, the Department of Building and Housing last week got a select committee grilling on how much it paid the PM's former staffer Brendon Burns for PR work. Tim Donoghue reports.

ICE COLD - Chris Trotter infiltrated climate change sceptic Nigel Lawson's address to a Business Roundtable-invited audience and left asking; what if he's wrong?

REAL MILD CHILD - Tim Donoghue catches up with Darren Hughes, the MP some call "the son Helen never had."

SHARP EXCHANGE - Jenny Keown examines the Telecom moves some say will outflank the government's competition strategy.

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