Trevor Khan

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The Honourable

Trevor Khan

The Hon. Trevor Khan MLC.jpg
Deputy President and Chair of Committees
Assumed office
5 May 2015
Preceded byJenny Gardiner
Member of Legislative Council of New South Wales
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Personal details
BornWollongong, New South Wales
Political partyThe Nationals
ResidenceTamworth, New South Wales

Trevor John Khan, an Australian politician, is a The Nationals member of the New South Wales Legislative Council and serves as Deputy President and Chair of Committees. Khan has been a member of the Council since 24 March 2007.[1]

Background and early career[edit]

Khan attended Illawarra Grammar School in Wollongong from 1962 to 1975. While attending school, his teachers were able to identify that he had dyslexia. Khan was put through a special reading program at that school and was able to leave school with a Higher School Certificate in 1975.[2]

After school, he was employed as a Personnel Officer and was also an Industrial Relations Officer for Australian Paper Manufacturers. He attended the University of New South Wales and completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws from that university. He was subsequently admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1985.[3]

Khan moved to Tamworth in 1985, where he practised as a lawyer with principally criminal and family law practice areas. Having become an Accredited Special Advocate, Khan was well known on the court circuit of north-western New South Wales. He became a partner in Egan Murphy solicitors 1990, a role he retained until his election to Parliament. As a lawyer, he was a member of the Family Issues Committee of the New South Wales Law Society.

Political career[edit]

In 2004, he unsuccessfully stood as the Nationals candidate in the regional NSW seat of New England in the Australian federal election.[4][5]

Khan was number eight on the joint Liberal/National election ticket for the 2007 New South Wales state election, and having been elected to the Legislative Council, he commenced his first term as a Member of NSW Parliament in March 2007.[6] He was last of the twenty one members to be elected at that election.[7]

He has held several roles on Parliamentary Committees, including being the Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Issues, Chair of the Legislative Council's Privileges Committee, Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral matters, and has sat as a Member of the Joint Standing Committee on the ICAC, the Committee on the Ombudsman, the Law Enforcement Commission and the Crime Commission, and the Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

Khan was also a Member of the NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Marriage Equality which introduced the Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2013 into the Legislative Council, and served as a Member of the Select Committee on the Partial Defence of Provocation which resulted in amendments to the law of provocation in NSW including the abolition of the homosexual advance defence.

Khan was reelected to the Parliament of NSW at the 2015 NSW state election, and now holds the office of Deputy President and Chair of Committees of the Legislative Council, deputising for the Presiding Officer of the Parliament of NSW, and Chairing the 'Committee of the Whole' process in the Legislative Council chamber.

Khan is currently a Member of the NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying which introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 into the Legislative Council.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Elizabeth (Libby) and has two children.


  1. ^ "The Hon. Trevor John KHAN, B Juris LLB (UNSW) MLC – NSW Parliament". Retrieved 2008-09-13.
  2. ^$FILE/Khan%20Inaugral%20Speech.pdf
  3. ^ Who's Who Australia 2008
  4. ^ "Latham wants Eureka flag: Anderson – Breaking News". Melbourne: The Age. 9 September 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  5. ^ "Former health service chairman slams merger plan". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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