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What we learned: Sunday, 13 August

With that, we will wrap the blog for now. Thanks for joining us, with today’s news dominated, understandably, by that heart-stopping Matildas win.

Here were the major events of the day:

  • The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, will take the prospect of a Matildas public holiday to national cabinet on Wednesday. He’s promised to ask the states to sanction a public holiday if Australia wins the World Cup. The Nationals leader, David Littleproud, is against it, citing the hurt it would cause businesses.

  • A fire burning out of control near Alice Springs prompted an alert from NT Fire and Rescue. The fire, around Tjoritja, Simpsons North, was spreading on one or more fronts and residents were urged to monitor the situation.

  • Three men have been stabbed at a gentlemen’s club in Melbourne’s CBD. Two groups of men were believed to have had an altercation at the Men’s Gallery on the corner of Lonsdale and King streets on Sunday morning, police said.

  • And the minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, told the launch of the Multicultural Australia for the voice campaign the Coalition’s position on the voice is “as clear as mud” and “completely confused”. Burney said the positivity of the yes campaign was “extremely important”.

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