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.

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 …

Virgin Australia and Qantas crack down on carry-on baggage

Posted by December 10th 2018

If you have a habit of packing as much stuff into your carry-on bags as possible, you could be in for a shock the next time you fly. That’s because Australia’s domestic airlines are starting to …

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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 February 19th 2020

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 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 …