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 September 3rd 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 September 9th 2020

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

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Posted by September 18th 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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Origin vs Kleenheat: Natural Gas Cost Comparison

Posted by September 10th 2020

If you live in Western Australia and pay the gas bills for your home, the good news is there has never been more competition for your business. After years of having no choice of gas …


Compare South Australia Electricity Prices

Posted by September 15th 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 September 15th 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 September 15th 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.

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AGL vs Origin: How do they compare?

Posted by September 17th 2020

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