Senator Larissa Waters
Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
2019 Queensland Award Winner
Senator Larissa Waters is Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and lead Senate candidate for the Queensland Greens for the 2019 federal election. She was the first Green elected to represent Queensland, taking office in July 2011. Larissa was the first woman to breastfeed in Federal Parliament, in 2017. She is the party spokesperson for women and is passionate about advancing women’s equality and showing young women they have a place in the parliament. Her advocacy led to the reversal of harsh cuts by the Liberal Government to domestic violence services in 2014 and the scrapping of the tampon tax in 2018. Larissa is also passionate about addressing global warming, clean energy, protecting our environment, creating a fairer world where people have access to the services they need, and cleaning up democracy so it works for people not vested interests. Before Federal Parliament, Larissa worked as an environmental lawyer in the community sector for eight years, helping communities to use the law to protect the environment. She was named 2010 Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia. Larissa lives in Brisbane with her partner and two daughters, aged 9 and 2.