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.

EnergyAustralia concession customers get automatic discounts

Posted by June 25th 2019

EnergyAustralia has revealed plans to cut the power bills of concession-card holders on its most expensive tariffs through automatic discounts. Australia’s third biggest energy retailer says that eligible concession-card customers on default or standing offer tariffs …

Coles Little Shop back in business with Christmas collectables

Posted by February 11th 2019

It was the most successful supermarket promotion Australia has ever seen – and now it’s back just in time for Christmas. That’s right, Coles Little Shop is back in business with a handful of festive favourites …

Automatic discounts for AGL customers paying most

Posted by June 25th 2019

AGL has announced plans to give automatic discounts to customers paying the most for electricity. The energy giant claims to be providing a “safety net” for its standing offer customers, with discounts of up to 10% …

The new Braveheart: Outlaw King premieres on Netflix Australia

Posted by November 8th 2018

You’ll remember Mel Gibson riding a horse around the Scottish countryside, throwing spears at the English, and going on about freedom… Well, think of Outlaw King as something of a sequel. Premiering on Netflix Australia on …

Victorian regulator puts AGL on notice over dodgy energy data

Posted by September 17th 2018

Victoria's energy regulator has threatened to review the retail license of the state’s biggest energy provider over its failure to submit accurate reporting statistics. The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has told AGL to get its house in …

IKEA’s “most popular” furniture items

Posted by September 11th 2018

A weekend trip to IKEA means hours walking around the showroom trying to find something you like. Fortunately, the Swedish furniture retailer is making some of the decision-making a little bit easier by providing a …

The Costco of power supply: Energy retailer promises wholesale prices

Posted by June 21st 2019

One of Australia’s smallest energy retailers has launched what it calls the country’s “most transparent” power plan, with customers given access to Costco-style wholesale rates. Energy Locals, which currently operates in New South Wales, the ACT …