So in other words, nothing to see here and looks like the same as in your bit of the world.
Getting back to the article, it's perfectly legal to make guns here but certain types (eg. automatics) can't get registered so are illegal to keep. The NSW police want to put this stupid plastic grenade that looks like a gun into that category. To get an idea of how insane this device is consider how many types of wood are stronger than the plastic used - so a carved wooden gun would be more effective than the "liberator" (stupid name chosen deliberately to get attention and force the issue of gun control and fuck things up for the hobby gun community and the 3D printer scene).
That's why we see your "smash the state" libertarians as idiots.
I imagine none of that would be legal in the prison colony down under
You imagine incorrectly, it's the same deal where "a licensed contractor has to bless the installation". In practice there's a lot of situations where nobody with an electrician's ticket has set foot in the door to even do that much. It's funny how you Americans have got completely the wrong idea about this place just because we make fun of your Libertarians.
For just that reason I bought a slingshot.
Makes sense - when my father was growing up during WWII he was only allowed one bullet per rabbit because it was hard to get ammo. Those rabbits were traded for other stuff and everyone managed to get by.
To find out how to survive true horror instead of just shortages you could talk to some old Koreans - from what I heard from one Korean immigrant a couple of years of stockpiled food wouldn't have helped as much as working with neighbours to get every last drop out of everything available.
Hunger makes almost any food taste good.
That reminds me of some words from a polar expedition: "this stuff is wonderful, why were we feeding it to the dogs?"
and the government probably knows since they can look at my credit card purchases without a warrant
If it gets to full on depression they'll be far too busy worrying about other stuff to care about your purchases - so fairly safe there.
One thing that's amazed me here is nobody has written anything about having around six months worth of rice and other dry food in the house as a normal situation. It's vastly cheaper in bulk, is easy to get in bulk and lasts years. A Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian etc food market would be a survivalist's dream - that's where I started getting all my camping food for long trips and now a lot of food in general (it's not all imports). Some of the Indian heat and serve curries in a plastic pouch taste better than the watered down for sensitive taste stuff in Indian restraunts - but you have to take note that they are made for consumption by Indians so when the say "hot" in terms of chilli they mean "very hot". Forget your MRE meals at twice the price when you can have Punjabi Chole after boiling the packet for three minutes.