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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.


Alinta Energy to compensate customers over dodgy price comparison

Posted by June 20th 2018

Electricity and gas retailer Alinta Energy will compensate thousands of customers after being judged by the consumer watchdog to have made misleading price comparisons in its advertising. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says that …



Why you’ll be spending less time at Bunnings in future

Posted by June 11th 2018

Weekend trips to Bunnings are about to get a little quicker, with the home renovations retailer set to launch a supermarket-style ‘click & collect’ service across the country in the coming months. Following a successful trial …


Top Loader Vs Front Loader Washing machines

Top Load vs Front Load Washing Machines

Posted by May 17th 2019

Which are best, top or front load washing machines? Join the debate as Canstar Blue weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of both.


AGL locks in rates with online-only deal

Time to fix? AGL locks in rates with online-only deal

Posted by June 25th 2019

AGL is launching a new fixed rate, online-only power deal that sees usage and supply charges locked-in for a year, with no “confusing” conditional discounts. The AGL Essentials product is already available in Victoria, but will …


Reusable coffee cups BANNED by service station chain

Posted by June 11th 2018

A major service station chain is in hot water with environmental groups after banning reusable coffee cups from its stores. Petrol giant On The Run is instead telling staff to sell hot drinks in single-use disposable …


Jenny Craig pays the penalty for ‘10kg for $10’ ads

Posted by June 11th 2018

Jenny Craig has paid almost $38,000 in penalties after making alleged false or misleading representations about its “10kg for $10” TV ads. The weight management and nutrition company was investigated by the consumer watchdog and was …


Amaysim named Australia’s ‘best MVNO’

Posted by February 8th 2019

Optus network reseller Amaysim has been crowned Australia’s best Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) at an awards ceremony in Sydney. The telco saw off stiff competition to take the prize at the CommsDay Edison 2018 Awards, …



McDonald’s giving away FREE Big Macs

Posted by May 28th 2018

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch – but for fans of McDonald’s, it could be your lucky day (Monday, May 28). To celebrate International Burger Day, the fast food chain is reportedly …