Andrew Rohan

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Andrew Rohan
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Smithfield
In office
26 March 2011 – 28 March 2015
Preceded by Ninos Khoshaba
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born (1948-06-30) 30 June 1948 (age 69)
Habbaniyah, Iraq
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia (Suspended)
Spouse(s) Janet Rohan
Residence Bossley Park, New South Wales
Alma mater University of Baghdad
Occupation Politician
Profession Petroleum geologist
Ethnicity Assyrian
Website Parliamentary webpage

Andrew Baijan Rohan (born 30 June 1948 in Iraq), an Australian politician of Assyrian descent, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Smithfield for the Liberal Party of Australia from 2011 to 2015.[1]

Early years and background[edit]

Born in Iraq, Rohan completed studies in petroleum geology at the University of Baghdad, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Geology) in 1970 and a Master of Science (Petroleum Geology) in 1975. Migrating to Australia in 1979,[2] he initially worked as a petroleum geologist for Robertson Research before establishing his own printing business in 1995.[1][2]

Elected as an Councillor to Fairfield City Council in 2008, Rohan was President of the Smithfield branch, and Smithfield SEC of the Liberal Party between 2003 and 2011.[1]

Political career[edit]

At the 2011 state election Rohan was elected to the normally safe[3] Labor seat with a swing of 18.8 points and won the seat with 54.8 per cent of the two-party vote.[4] His main opponent was the then incumbent sitting member, Ninos Khoshaba, representing Labor. Since the seat was first created in 1988, Rohan's win was the first time the seats has been held by the Liberals.[3] Smithfield was abolished in 2015, mostly replaced by Prospect. Rohan attempted to transfer there, but was defeated.

In August 2016 Rohan was suspended from the Liberal Party after announcing his run for Fairfield City Council as an Independent against the endorsed Liberal candidates.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Mr Andrew Rohan, BSc(Geology), MSc(Petroleum Geology) MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 14 April 2011. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Meet Our First Liberal MP". Fairfield City Champion. Fairfax Media. 29 March 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Kembrey, Melanie (27 March 2011). "Liberals win Smithfield for first time". Fairfield Champion. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 13 April 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Green, Antony (4 April 2011). "Smithfield". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
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External links[edit]

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Ninos Khoshaba
Member for Smithfield