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WATERS, Larissa JoyBiography for WATERS, Larissa Joy

Senator for Queensland

Australian Greens

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2010 (term began 1.7.2011) and 2016. Resigned 18.7.17 (election ruled void 27.10.17 under section 44 of the Constitution; ruled ineligible from 2.7.16).

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 5.7.11 to 11.11.13.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 5.7.11 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16 to 7.2.17; Substitute member, Education and Employment Legislation from 15.09.16 to 30.11.16; Substitute member, Economics References from 15.6.17.

Senate Select: Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs from 2.10.14 to 27.3.15.

Joint Standing: Northern Australia from 12.9.16 to 18.7.17.

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 3.2.17 to 4.2.17.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens from 6.5.15 to 18.7.17.

Australian Greens portfolios: Environment and Biodiversity; Women; Resources, Mining and Coal Seam Gas from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15.

Climate Change, Resources, Mining and Coal Seam Gas; Environment and Biodiversity; Women from 25.5.15 to 15.9.15.

Climate Change and Resources; Environment and Biodiversity; Women from 15.9.15 to 25.8.16.

Environment and Biodiversity; Mining and Resources; Women; Gambling; and Tourism from 25.8.16 to 18.7.17.

Party Positions

Lead Spokesperson, Queensland Greens from 2009.

Spokesperson on Environment and Justice, Queensland Greens 2007-09.

Convener, Queensland Greens North Brisbrane Branch 2006-07.


Born 8.2.1977, Winnipeg, Canada.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc, LLB (Hons)(Griffith).

GradDipLegalPrac (College of Law, NSW).

Legal researcher, Land and Resources Tribunal 2000-01.

Graduate lawyer, Freehills 2001-02.

Community environmental lawyer, Environmental Defender's Office (Qld) 2002-11.