Donald Bates of Lab Architecture Studio has written a strong letter to the Australia Council in support of an open architectural competition for a new permanent Australian Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice to service Australia’s interests in both the arts and architecture biennales. Bates notes that while the temporary pavilion at Shanghai this year cost $83mil, what is being projected for Venice is in the order of $6mil. One might rightly ask where the problem is.