AS she predicted, Gina Rinehart's criticism of Australia's "entitlement" mentality has drawn return fire, with left wing MPs inviting her to leave the country, and leave the nation's battlers alone.
Ms Rinehart, who's worth almost $20 billion, took aim at welfare recipients and the political left for spending the "bottomless pit" of revenue created by mining.
The mining tycoon predicted "forests and splinters" of articles from "people boiling with rage that I dare challenge their bottomless pit and belief money doesn't have to be earned before it is spent mentality".
And she was right.
Former Labor leader Mark Latham accused Ms Rinehart of double standards.
"She wants to be a bigger welfare recipient herself," Mr Latham told the Seven Network.
"She's against social welfare but she's very much in favour of business welfare for herself.
"I think that's an appalling double standard. There is no bottomless pit of money and that should apply to Gina as much as the people she's bagging today."
WA Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan said Ms Rinehart "just doesn't get what has made Australia such a safe place for her to make her billions".
"Enterprise and achievement is built on education, inspiration and opportunity, not by bringing in truckloads of overseas workers so that Ms Rinehart can live in even greater grandiosity and have even bigger pearls, if that is at all possible," Ms MacTiernan said.
And Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said Ms Rinehart was "a threat to Australian egalitarianism".
"Gina Rinehart is full of suggestions about how to balance the budget, but none of them involve her paying a fairer share of tax and all of them involve getting the rest of us to pay more," Mr Bandt said.
"If Gina Rinehart thinks Australians are paid too much and have health care that's too good, she's welcome to leave."
Writing in a resources magazine, the billionaire espoused her admiration of former British PM Margaret Thatcher, while saying Australia was "living beyond our means".
"Australians have to work hard or actually harder and smarter to create the revenue to be able to pay that bill ... something has to give - we can't do it all," Ms Rinehart said.
In her column titled 'The Age of Entitlement - has Consequences', Ms Rinehart urged action from politicians, saying "now is the time to change some thinking and urge leadership".
"The left don't want to address the issue. Instead they get hysterical and personal about who speaks out," she wrote.
Rinehart this week tumbled 10 places on the latest Forbes Magazine global rich list, despite getting richer in the past year.
She was easily Australia's richest person on the list, ahead of 208th-ranked James Packer with $US6.5 billion.