The 1994 Australian film Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. A country with one of the largest LGBT events has tied itself in a knot over the marriage equality debate. Photo: AFP

Why a lesbian Australian senator of Malaysian-Chinese descent opposed gay marriage vote

It may seem counterintuitive, but politics in the land of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, has twisted the marriage equality debate into a gordian knot

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The 1994 Australian film Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. A country with one of the largest LGBT events has tied itself in a knot over the marriage equality debate. Photo: AFP
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Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Helen Clark is a journalist, editor and researcher based in Australia. She spent six years in Southeast Asia as a foreign correspondent, mostly Vietnam. She writes on Vietnam for the Lowy Institute and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and is the The Diplomat's Oceania correspondent. She also writes for the Huffington Post, Germany's DW, the Asian Sentinel and ANZ's BlueNotes.