Teal MP Monique Ryan has accused the Coalition of being “utterly incoherent” about their attitude to climate change after Opposition Leader Peter Dutton declared he would reverse Australia’s legally binding climate target to cut emissions by 43 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese accused Dutton of being worse than former prime minister Scott Morrison on climate change.

Ryan told Nine’s Today program this morning the Coalition’s new stance has actively caused great alarm within the business community.

“What we’re seeing is the Liberals and the Nationals are utterly incoherent in their attitude to climate change and its remediation at this point in time. They can’t even decide amongst themselves what their plan is and what their policy is,” she said.

“What Mr Dutton has done over the weekend has actively caused great alarm within the business community and I think, really, if the LNP Coalition has any prospect of being re-elected at the next federal election, it has to be on the basis of some set policies and some business certainty.”

Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie disagreed, telling Nine’s Today program that Coalition energy spokesman Ted O’Brien could not have been clearer about the policy.

“We want a credible plan to 2050 that keeps the jobs on shore, in particularly our manufacturing sector, make sure that energy [costs] … don’t go through the roof for households and that we actually get emissions down,” she said.

“The Labor party and the Teals’ plan has not reduced emissions by one iota in two years of them being in power and their 2030 target is shocked.”

Donald Trump has become the first former US president to meet a probation officer as he braces for the possibility of a jail term after being found guilty of a criminal conspiracy designed to sway the 2016 election.

Days after his historic hush money conviction in New York, Trump was due to sit for a virtual interview at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday (Tuesday AEST), and used the opportunity to launch a fresh fundraising blitz for his bid to return to power.

“I’m actually about to speak to a probation officer after my RIGGED CONVICTION!” he wrote in a fundraising email soliciting donations for his campaign against Joe Biden in November.

“My only crime? Putting the AMERICAN PEOPLE, ahead of the COMMUNISTS, MARXISTS, AND FASCISTS that want to see our country DESTROYED.”

Trump’s interview will form the basis of a pre-sentencing report for Judge Juan Merchan, who is currently deciding what punishment the candidate may face on July 11 after being convicted of 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up a sex scandal that could have derailed his chances of being president in 2016.

Read more from Farrah Tomazin here.

For the first time since Athens in 2004, when Ian Thorpe won gold and Grant Hackett silver, the Dolphins have major ambitions of emulating one of the most fabled narratives in the glamour middle-distance event.

Elijah Winnington and Sam Short continued their rivalry, going stroke-for-stroke in the Olympic qualifiers at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre on Monday night.

Left: Elijah Winnington after victory in the men’s 400m freestyle. Right: Sam Short was a very close second.

Left: Elijah Winnington after victory in the men’s 400m freestyle. Right: Sam Short was a very close second.Credit: Getty Images

A world record beckoned – maybe even the uncharted sub-3:40. Winnington ultimately won in 3:43.26, holding off Short (3:43.90) by several tenths of a second.

Both have swum markedly quicker than that this year, and the fact that this box-ticking result felt somewhat underwhelming only further conveys the anticipation following these two to their first Olympics in the same pool.

Read more from Emma Kemp here.

Nine’s new chair, Catherine West, will not only have to take over from her larger-than-life predecessor, Peter Costello, in managing the review of the company’s culture but also steer it through a period of steady decline in the media sector.

West, who spent 17 years as a legal director for Rupert Murdoch’s Sky UK and was the deputy chair at Nine, was appointed as Costello’s successor on Sunday afternoon, days after the former treasurer’s altercation with a journalist at Canberra Airport.

Nine’s new chair Catherine West faces a cultural and operational mountain.

Nine’s new chair Catherine West faces a cultural and operational mountain.Credit: Louie Douvis

West, a lawyer by trade, is a relatively unknown entity in Australian media with little operational media experience. She does hold director roles on ASX-listed Peter Warren Automotive Holdings and Monash IVF, and was recently made chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She is also on NIDA’s foundation trust alongside Nine’s director of communications and public relations, Victoria Buchan.

Read more from Calum Jasper here.

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