posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 02:20 PM
Well, the Aus govt is involved because a large percentage of Antarctica is australian administered territory. As such Aussie laws apply. Also as far
as the protection of antarctic animals, I believe there are international laws and treaties which ban such behaviour. I imagine as much for the safety
of the person in question as to discourage tourists etc from getting out of control with it.
As far as mrdependable's little spiel, I can only suggest you have no clue what you are talking about, aussies are generally extremely proud and
protective of our successful exports.
The difference with steve irwin is that he is an idiot, nobody had heard of him down here until he went to the US and became successful. As far as the
crocodile wrestling etc, its really not much beyond what we have seen before with other people such as Malcom Douglas, who was a croc hunter then
turned into a conservationalist and runs his own croc park. The difference is these guys didn't make so much cash and get to go be smartarses around
with exotic animals in other countries.
Plus the whole Irwin attitude just doesn't sit well with aussies, we prefer laid back types. Steve always manages to come off fake, perhaps that
doesn't register over there so much.
The Aus government isn't out to get him or whatever theory you might cook up over there, they even employed him to do a TV ad about the importance of