We have today received advice from Consumer Affairs Victoria that our application to change the name of our organisation has been approved, so we are now registered under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 as “Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry Inc.”
The need for a name change arose because, in response to our application to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for registration as a Registrable Australian Body, which our Victorian-registered body requires in order to enable it to operate nationally, ASIC advised:
In accordance with subsection 601DC(1) of the Corporations Act 2001, ASIC is unable to register the body for the reason(s) outlined below:
The name in the opinion of ASIC, in the context in which it is proposed to be used, is unacceptable as it is considered to suggest a connection with a department, authority or instrumentality of the government of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory of Australia.
We are now in a position to re-apply to ASIC for registration as a Registrable Australian Body, which we expect to do next week.