Steve Irwin could have had a state funeral. The government was ready. No reasonable person would have objected.

His family and closest associates decided he would not have wanted the pomp and circumstance.

Nice call. Man of the people if ever there was one.

The memorial service at Steve’s Australia Zoo will be telecast internationally, starting just over half an hour from now – 9 am Queensland time, 4pm US Pacific. It’s also being broadcast nationally on ABC Local Radio.