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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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The best movies on Netflix Australia

Posted by January 21st 2020

There’s never been a better time to chill out on the couch and put on a great movie. People are ditching traditional free-to-air TV and cinema, instead staying at home both to save a buck …


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The best shows on Netflix Australia

Posted by January 21st 2020

Review the most bingeworthy Netflix shows in Australia, including Mindhunter, Fargo, Mad Men, The Confession Tapes and more at Canstar Blue.


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AGL vs Origin: How do they compare?

Posted by January 17th 2020

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


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GloBird Energy lands in NSW promising strong bang for buck

Posted by January 9th 2020

There’s a welcome boost to power price competition in New South Wales, with Victorian upstart GloBird Energy making the move north with a new budget offer. Promising “unbeatable rates for gas and electricity”, GloBird Energy has …




Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Posted by January 22nd 2020

Keep up to date with new electricity plans, rates and discounts with Canstar Blue. We compare energy prices across NSW, QLD, VIC and SA.


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Compare South Australia Electricity Prices

Posted by January 16th 2020

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 January 16th 2020

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 January 16th 2020

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