Larissa is the lead Senate candidate for the Queensland Greens for the coming federal election.
After six years in federal Parliament, Larissa firmly believes we can fix our broken system and have decisions made in the interests of people and the planet - if we clean up politics by ending corporate donations to political parties.
Larissa is passionate about creating a fairer world where people have access to the services they need, addressing global warming, equality for women, clean energy, protecting our environment especially the Great Barrier Reef, and a democracy that works for people not vested interests.
Larissa was the first Green elected to represent Queensland in the Senate, which she did from 2011-2017 including two years as Co-Deputy Leader of the Greens. While in the Senate she was the Greens national spokesperson for women, climate, the environment, mining and resources, tourism, and gambling.
Larissa stood down in July 2017 after discovering she was a dual citizen. She immediately renounced her unwitting dual citizenship, and hopes to return to the Senate.
Before federal parliament, Larissa worked as an environmental lawyer in the community sector for 8 years, helping communities to use the law to protect the environment, and 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 1, the youngest being the first child to be breastfed in the federal parliament. She is a vegetarian who loves cooking, reading, music, movies and bushwalking.