Larissa Waters is the Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and a Senator for Queensland. Her national portfolios are Environment and biodiversity, Mining and resources, Women, Gambling, Tourism, and Climate (Senate).
Larissa is the first Greens Senator for Queensland. She took office in July 2011, and was re-elected in 2016 for a second term representing Queenslanders. Larissa is passionate about acting on global warming, job-rich clean energy, protecting our environment, creating a fairer society and achieving gender equality.
Larissa and the Greens helped harness the enormous community campaign to protect the Great Barrier Reef from coal port expansion. She established a Senate inquiry on the Great Barrier Reef which led to new laws prohibiting the dumping of dredge spoil in the Reef.
She has been a strong voice for equality for women and against domestic violence. Larissa established a Senate inquiry on domestic violence, which contributed to successful campaign to overturn some of the Liberal Government's worst funding cuts to frontline domestic violence services.
In 2015 Larissa helped launch the Greens’ Renew Australia plan aiming to transition Australia to at least 90% clean energy by 2030 and to ensure a just transition for workers and communities.
Larissa's vision for Queensland is for a fair society and a clean economy which puts our people, our farmland and the Great Barrier Reef ahead of the profits of multinational mining and gas corporations.
Before entering the Senate, Larissa worked as an environmental lawyer in the community sector for 8 years, helping communities to use the law to protect the environment and was named 2010 Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia.
Larissa lives in Brisbane with her family. In her limited spare time she enjoys cooking and bushwalking.