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Simon Downes

Simon Downes Simon Downes is the editor of Canstar Blue and consumer affairs journalist, covering the energy and telco industries, as well as 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.





SEQ electricity providers

Compare Queensland Electricity Prices

Posted by October 18th 2019

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


Aerial view of Melbourne city at night.

Compare Victoria Electricity Prices

Posted by October 18th 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.



Graph of fluctuating energy rates.

Fixed Rate Energy Plans Explained

Posted by October 17th 2019

What is a fixed rate energy plan? Find out everything you need to know about fixed charge plans at Canstar Blue.


Liverpool fans

You can now watch Champions League soccer for free on Optus Sport

Posted by September 11th 2019

Optus is giving Aussie soccer fans a free taste of its Optus Sport streaming platform for upcoming UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches. More than 700,000 local football fans have already subscribed to Optus Sport, …


Powershop promising “very generous savings” with limited-edition packs

Posted by September 13th 2019

Powershop is promising customers “very generous savings” in September as it continues its mission of informing Aussies about its renewable energy credentials. The electricity and gas retailer will be releasing five special promotion powerpacks during the …


Best Watching on Stan

The best TV shows and movies on Stan

Posted by October 4th 2019

Are you stuck for something to watch on Stan? Here is our pick of the best TV shows and movies on Stan in 2017.