There was a game played by some cadets at Shrivenham a couple of years ago. Every time one of the group met an Australian they'd ask the question; Steve Irwin; god or national disgrace? (No other answer was permitted.)
If I remember correctly the poll (if you can call it that) returned a resounding verdict in favour of 'national disgrace'.
Is he a saviour of the environment, committed to the well-being of the southern hemisphere's reptilia? Or just a cnut?