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Larissa Waters Secures Place as Lead Greens Senate Candidate

Former Greens senator Larissa Waters could be set for a political comeback after receiving the overwhelming support of the party to retake her Senate position.

It comes less than nine months after she resigned during the federal citizenship crisis, following her discovery that she was a dual Canadian citizen.

A month-long poll by the Queensland Greens was counted at the end of last week, delivering Ms Waters with 75 per cent of the primary vote from members, securing her place as the lead Senate candidate.

It means she could take back her former position that was filled by Andrew Bartlett when Ms Waters resigned last July.

Last month, Senator Bartlett was pre-selected for the federal the seat of Brisbane but had not indicated yet if he would wait until the federal election was called before stepping aside.

Composite image of Andrew Bartlett (L) and Larissa Waters

Ms Waters said she expects to take back her old job as soon as Mr Bartlett decides to stand aside to focus on his campaign.

“Andrew’s a good old friend of mine and he’s been doing marvellous work in the Senate,” she said.

“He’s had the good fortune to be chosen to run for us in the seat of Brisbane, so the people of Brisbane have a really exciting choice ahead of them at election time.

“I know Andrew’s thinking of issues on timing but I’m confident that as an ethical man, he will reflect on what’s best for our party and take a choice accordingly.”

Senator Bartlett said he welcomed Ms Waters’ return to the top of the Greens Senate ticket.

“We had a breakthrough victory in the Brisbane City Council in 2016 and an even bigger breakthrough getting someone into the Queensland Parliament in 2017,” Senator Bartlett said.

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“Brisbane’s our strongest seat and we’re wanting to give it a strong shake in terms of taking that seat off the Liberals if we’re really going to dramatically change the direction of politics in this country.

“The key priority for myself and all the Greens in Queensland is to retain our Senate seat and that’s the key reason why I chose to run for a Lower House seat rather than just step out of things altogether, because we build on that momentum.”

Ms Waters said she was happy that she and Senate colleague Scott Ludlam stood down swiftly during the citizenship crisis.

“We didn’t hesitate when we realised that we’d made that big error,” she said.

“There was no other course of action but to immediately stand down and I think it’s really disappointing that the other parties stayed in there and fought and tried to pretend there was nothing wrong and just wanted everyone to go back to sleep.”

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