Andrew Rohan

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 from 2011 to 2015.[1]

Andrew Rohan
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Smithfield
In office
26 March 2011 – 28 March 2015
Preceded byNinos Khoshaba
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born (1948-06-30) 30 June 1948 (age 72)
Habbaniyah, Iraq
Political partyLiberal Party (Suspended)
Spouse(s)Janet Rohan
ResidenceBossley Park, New South Wales
Alma materUniversity of Baghdad
ProfessionPetroleum geologist

Early years and backgroundEdit

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 a 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 careerEdit

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 Baijan Rohan (1948- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  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.
  5. ^ "Liberal Party doles out 10-year suspension after councillor's independent mayor bid". 16 August 2016.

External linksEdit

New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Ninos Khoshaba
Member for Smithfield