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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.


The new Braveheart: Outlaw King premieres on Netflix Australia

Posted by September 24th 2019

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 …



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The energy companies with Australian and overseas call centres

Posted by June 21st 2019

Anyone who’s ever had to call their energy company will tell you that communicating your problem is the first step – and challenge – in getting it resolved. So, it’s understandable that some energy customers …



The changes coming to ALDI Special Buys

Posted by July 26th 2018

If you’ve ever queued outside your local ALDI supermarket at 6am on a cold morning to get your hands on the latest Special Buy – or been wrestled to the ground by another eager shopper …