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.

Click Energy to pay $900,000 over dodgy discount claims

Posted by February 19th 2020

Electricity and gas retailer Click Energy has been ordered by the Federal Court to pay $900,000 in penalties after making false or misleading claims about the potential benefits and 'savings' of its big discount power …

Woolworths holds half-price frozen food super-sale

Posted by January 4th 2021

If you thought the supermarket price war was over – well, think again. Woolworths is holding a one-day only super-sale in its freezer aisles, with selected products cut to HALF-PRICE! But there is a catch… The …

EnergyAustralia Secure Saver Explained

EnergyAustralia Secure Saver Explained

Posted by December 29th 2020

EnergyAustralia has introduced a new fixed rate electricity and gas plan called Secure Saver. Find out everything you need to know at Canstar Blue.

Woolworths reveals new Disney Words collectables

Posted by May 10th 2021

The collectables craze continues! Woolworths has confirmed a new partnership with Disney to ‘add a dash of magic’ to grocery shopping – and take on rival Coles over the latest supermarket battleground. After days of speculation, …

Stan increases prices in line with Netflix

Posted by July 14th 2020

Stan subscribers have seen heaps of exciting new content added to the platform in recent months – but it’s come at a cost. Stan has increased the price of its standard plan from $12 to $14 …

Summer Cooling Costs

What are you going to pay for power this summer?

Posted by December 29th 2020

Summer – it’s the best time of year if you love your sun, beaches, barbecues and late nights on the deck. But it’s also the time when you’re most likely to feel the heat of …

Gas retailer Kleenheat fined over big discount advertising

Posted by February 15th 2021

Western Australia gas retailer Kleenheat has been fined more than $25,000 for allegedly misleading consumers about the potential benefits of a big discount plan. The Wesfarmers-owned gas supplier has been stung by the Australian Competition and …

ACCC flags concerns over Vodafone-TPG merger

Posted by December 13th 2018

Australia’s consumer watchdog has expressed concerns about the proposed merger between telco giants TPG and Vodafone, citing a detrimental impact on price competition. The two companies confirmed their intentions to merge into a single telecommunications firm …