Regardless of whether Joe McGirr's political career extends beyond this term or not, he will never have a more difficult decision to make than last week's on the abortion bill.
Few bills have come before the NSW Parliament in the past, or will come before it in the future, that will test a member like the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019.
In his speech to parliament last Wednesday, Dr McGirr acknowledged at the outset his personal views on abortion were inextricably linked with his "position as a Catholic and a doctor". However, he went on to say: "I have always maintained that I would listen to the views of my electorate. I have attempted to do that."
Ultimately, at the end of his 10-minute speech, Dr McGirr concluded by stating: "I am concerned that the bill undermines the rights of potential humans and impacts on religious freedom."
Did Dr McGirr's vote against the bill truly represent the wishes of the electorate he is sworn to represent?
On issues as emotive as abortion, there are always vocal proponents and opponents who express their views publicly, be it in letters to the editor, on social media, or at public rallies.
But, as always, it is the opinion of the silent majority that is the hardest to gauge.
Perhaps we won't know the answer until 2023 when Wagga's 55,000-odd enrolled voters go to the polls again, assuming Dr McGirr decides to stand for a second term.
There is no doubt Dr McGirr's position on abortion will shift votes. Many who voted for him at last year's byelection and this year's state election will not do so again. Conversely, he will pick up support from people who did not vote for him on either occasion but back his opposition to this bill.
While there will not be another bill as divisive during his term, Dr McGirr can still expect tremendous scrutiny on where he directs his ayes and noes.
Conscience votes are rare and most politicians, whether they completely agree with a piece of legislation or not, have the security and anonymity of towing the party line.
An independent MP does not have that luxury.
All the best for the week ahead, Ross.