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Simon Downes

Simon Downes Simon Downes is Canstar Blue's Editor-in-Chief and consumer affairs journalist, specialising in the energy and telco industries, while also covering all things retail and FMCG. With a decade of newsroom experience under his belt, he’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed decisions, especially when it comes to household bills. Simon was one of the first journalists to raise awareness of the unscrupulous tactics of some energy retailers which eventually resulted in major industry reforms and the introduction of new default pricing, and continues to highlight the potential pitfalls consumers face in a still confusing market.



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All the best stuff coming up on Kayo this week

Posted by December 2nd 2019

You’ll always find a sport to pass the time on Kayo, but sometimes a week comes along where just about everything makes it onto the ‘must watch’ list. This is one of those weeks! Whether you’re …


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Compare South Australia Electricity Prices

Posted by December 4th 2019

South Australians pay through the nose for electricity, but there are good offers out there if you shop around. Review plans at Canstar Blue.


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Compare Queensland Electricity Prices

Posted by December 6th 2019

Think you’re paying too much for electricity in Queensland? You’re probably right. Compare plans and prices from different providers.


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Compare NSW Electricity Prices

Posted by December 5th 2019

Who is the cheapest electricity provider in NSW? Compare average costs between energy companies in NSW and find the best deal at Canstar Blue.


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Compare Victoria Electricity Prices

Posted by December 9th 2019

Who has the cheapest electricity prices in Victoria? Canstar Blue has compared plans, discounts and costs from the big providers to help you find a better deal.


Good Phone Plans for Aussie Kids

Posted by November 25th 2019

What are the best phone plans for kids? Canstar Blue compares good mobile options for children and provides tips on what to look for.


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Victorian Default Offer prices going up, but here’s how to save

Posted by December 4th 2019

Just months after seeing electricity bills slashed in light of new industry reforms designed to make comparing and saving easier, Victorian households on default tariffs have been told they can expect prices to increase. The state’s …



AGL vs Origin Compared

AGL vs Origin: How do they compare?

Posted by December 5th 2019

We’ve compared Australia’s two biggest energy providers to show you where to find the biggest discounts on your power bills.