Larissa Waters

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Larissa Waters
Senator for Queensland
Assumed office
1 July 2011
Personal details
Born (1977-02-08) 8 February 1977 (age 38)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Nationality Canadian Australian
Political party Australian Greens
Residence Bardon, Queensland
Alma mater Griffith University
Profession Lawyer
Website Larissa Waters

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 and biodiversity; Women; Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea; Cape York; Resources, mining and coal seam gas.


Waters was born in Winnipeg, Canada, grew up in Brisbane and lives in Bardon with her partner and their young daughter.[1] 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.[2]

Political career[edit]

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.

In the 2009 Queensland State election, Waters ran unsuccessfully for the seat of Mount Coot-tha held by Labor Treasurer Andrew Fraser obtaining 23.1% of the primary vote.[3]

She was first on the Queensland Green Senate ticket again at the 2010 federal election. She was elected with 12.8 per cent of the vote, an increase of 5.4 percentage points.[4]

Policy stances[edit]

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.[5] While supportive of Greens policies, Waters rarely comments on matters outside her portfolio.


  1. ^ Dennehy, Kate (25 July 2010). "History beckons for Greens Senate contender". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Gillett, Patrick (5 February 2009). "Queensland state Green party to run environmental lawyer in treasurer's electorate". Wikinews (Wikimedia Foundation). Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "QLD State Election Results - Mount Coot-tha". Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Senate Results - Queensland - 2010 Federal Election". Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Farmers told not to fear Greens". ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 

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