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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.


Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Electricity Price Rises & Changes

Posted by November 12th 2019

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


Best Netflix Watches

The best Netflix Australia shows of 2019

Posted by October 30th 2019

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



Energy companies that no longer exist

The energy brands that no longer exist

Posted by November 18th 2019

Canstar Blue reveals what happened to energy brands that no longer exist, such as Integral Energy, TRUenergy and Country Energy.


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 29th 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.


Energy plans for renters Compared

What are the best energy plans for renters?

Posted by September 20th 2019

As a tenant, there are a few things you need to know about your energy supply. Canstar Blue has produced the complete guide to energy plans for renters.