November 16, 2016
Mr WINGARD ( Mitchell ) ( 21:31 ):
I would like to add to this debate and say that I listened very closely to my community on this issue. I have listened to both sides of the argument, and I thank the people that have contacted me about this. I have also listened to the people who have spoken in this place on this bill. I was here until the close last night, and again I have listened to what everyone has had to say this evening, and I thank them for their contributions. What I would say on the previous bill put forward by the member for Ashford is that I would not have supported it through the second reading stage, but I have been engaged in listening to what people have had to say on this bill.
I think this is the toughest decision that we will have to make in this place and obviously it is not one to be taken lightly. I have imagined someone with a terminal illness that would be confronted by this issue that we have before us and what they might be thinking. I have also had strong consideration for the vulnerable—someone who is alone and not with the loving support that most of us here in this place would have—and how they might also confront this issue.
I have read the amendments put forward by the member for Kaurna as he has just outlined very eloquently, and I thank him for that, and I see that he has looked to tighten this bill immensely. That is a big part of the debate that has a great deal of interest to me. I have discussed with him at length a number of the issues he has raised. To me, they would need to be addressed for this bill to move forward. With those few comments, I would like to say that I have listened, and these amendments that the member for Kaurna and other members have put forward need to be addressed if this debate is to go to committee stage, from my perspective.