Richard Campbell sits at the centre of this group portrait of past chairs of the Public Service Commission and State Services Commission. An economist by training, Campbell was the first chair of the Public Service Commission. During his term (1946–53) the public-sector union, the Public Service Association (PSA), was at its most militant. Although he had been left-leaning, Campbell successfully recommended dropping the PSA representative from the commission. Seated at left is George Bolt, who was chair from 1954 to 1957, during the vigorous campaign for equal pay for women in the public service. His staunch resistance delayed its introduction. Behind Campbell is Allan Atkinson, whose term (1958–66) coincided with the shift from Public Service Commission to State Services Commission.
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