|Senator for Queensland|
1 July 2011
8 February 1977 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Political party||Australian Greens|
|Alma mater||Griffith University|
Larissa Joy Waters (born 8 February 1977) is an Australian Greens Senator for Queensland. She is the Lead Spokesperson for the Queensland Greens and she is currently responsible for the federal party portfolios of: Environment, Biodiversity and Natural Heritage; Population; Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea; Cape York; World Heritage; Tourism; Mining.
Waters was born in Winnipeg, Canada, grew up in Brisbane and lives in Bardon with her partner and their young daughter. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the New South Wales College of Law. From 2000-2001 she was a Legal Researcher at the Queensland Land and Resources Tribunal (predecessor of the Land Court of Queensland), from 2001-2002 a Lawyer at Freehills, and from 2002-2011 was a Lawyer with the Environmental Defenders Office.
Waters was the Convener of the Queensland Greens North Brisbane Branch from 2006-2007.
She ran first on the Queensland Green Senate ticket at the 2007 federal election and received 7.3 per cent of the vote, an increase of 1.9 percentage points, failing to gain election.
Protection of prime agricultural land from mining, setting up a conservation zone in the Coral Sea and ending the live export trade of livestock are high on her legislative agenda. While supportive of Greens policies, Waters rarely comments on matters outside her portfolio. She has expressed support for same-sex marriage and asylum seekers.
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