One of the world's richest women Gina Rinehart has published a new book setting out her blueprint for Australia's future.
The book, called Northern Australia and Then Some, was launched in Sydney last night to an audience which included Lachlan Murdoch and climate change sceptic Professor Ian Plimer.
Ms Rinehart says Australia risks becoming an economic basket case because of bad policy decisions.
"We don't want to see Australia continue on a course with too many heads buried in the sand," she said.
"[We have] too few [people] understanding the problems while Australia moves towards becoming another Greece, Spain or Portugal." Much of the book's 220 pages are a collection of speeches and essays originally written for journals like Australian Resources and Investment.
But Ms Rinehart says is not just backing increased mining development.
"I mention food because I see this is going to be a great need for the world," she said.
"We need to see, for instance, pipelines or channels carrying surplus water from the Kimberleys ...
but this takes money and requires policies to make investment welcome." She also had advice for the Federal Government on what she wants money spent on.
"The investment in our mining industry has been very positive for Australia but we need to be doing more if we want - as I do - more revenue for our defence, which I think is under-resourced; our police; our elderly; our hospitals; roads; infrastructure and communication; to be able to repay our debts and enable sustainable job opportunities for existing and future generations," she said.
Ms Reinhart will be in Melbourne to launch her book again today.