Queensland's first Greens Senator, Larissa Waters is passionate about protecting our environment and caring for communities.
Before her election Larissa was an environmental lawyer working in the community sector for eight years advising people how to use the law to protect Queensland's environment.
The limits of the law's ability to help these people compelled Larissa to run for Parliament, where she works to strengthen the environment's legal protection.
In her first term, Larissa has already secured federal protection for water from coal seam gas and has led a Senate inquiry on the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
As the Greens environment and mining spokesperson, Larissa has brought national attention to the impacts of coal and coal seam gas mining on the Great Barrier Reef, agriculture and the climate.
Larissa grew up in Brisbane and lives in Bardon with her young daughter.