IT sometimes seems it is harder to be ejected from council than elected.
The case of Dubbo councillor Kevin Parker might again prove that to be true.
Cr Parker has, rightly, faced a barrage of intense criticism over the past couple of days after it was revealed he had forwarded an email to number of colleagues that included a disgracefully racist joke.
He has already been stood down by his employer, Bank of Queensland, while they carry out an investigation but it much less clear what will happen with regard to his position on Dubbo Regional Council.
Some, not all, of Cr Parker's colleagues have already condemned the email and made it clear its contents did not reflect either their views or the views of the council, but his position on council can only be vacated if he chooses to stand down or is found to have breached the Code of Conduct.
So far there has been no indication that Cr Parker intends to resign and, as outrageous as it seems, there must also be doubts over whether Cr Parker has done enough to warrant a breach of the code.
The Local Government Act was amended last year in attempt to bring more clarity to potential breaches, including the inappropriate use of social media.
But those changes seemed focused on the potential for harassment and intimidation (and fair enough) but Cr Parker's email, while undoubtedly offensive, is neither of those.
It comes down to what we expect of those we elect to represent us.
Cr Parker has upset a lot of Dubbo people but that can't be enough to have a councillor removed. If it was, there would be plenty of empty council chambers across the state.
And nor does a councillor have an obligation to represent the views of the council. They are elected as individuals and there will naturally be times where their personal views conflict with the council's stated policy.
In the end, it might be up to the people of Dubbo to have the final say.
Like all councils, Dubbo will hold local government elections in September.
If Cr Parker seeks another term on council then the people of Dubbo will have the chance to cast judgment on his performance at the ballot box.
But Dubbo must realise that the rest of the state will be watching, and the outcome will go a long way to deciding just how the city is viewed in future.