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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.


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Powershop launches gas service in Victoria

Posted by June 22nd 2019

Electricity retailer Powershop says it has responded to demand from customers in launching 100% carbon offset natural gas in Victoria. The Meridian Energy-owned retailer says customers have been asking it to sell gas for years and …


Alinta Energy cuts electricity prices in Queensland

Posted by June 21st 2019

Alinta Energy has announced a modest price reduction for customers in south east Queensland, at the same time that the retailer receives credit for driving down electricity costs and saving households in the region as …


Coca-Cola officially cans Coke Zero in Australia

Posted by July 19th 2018

Coke Zero has officially been canned in Australia! Once the go-to soft drink for Coke fans watching their waistline – and sugar intake – Coke Zero will now completely disappear from supermarket shelves and food outlets …



Australia’s electricity market needs to be “reset” says ACCC

Posted by June 22nd 2019

Australia’s electricity market is “largely broken” and needs to be “reset” in order for households to make sizeable savings, the consumer watching has said. In its long-awaited report on electricity pricing, the Australian Competition and Consumer …



Energy boss to celebrate death of discounts

Momentum Energy boss to celebrate death of discounts

Posted by June 25th 2019

Big energy retailers promoting no discount plans are not yet ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to helping Australians make better-informed power decisions, according to a senior figure in the industry. Amy Childs, Director of Momentum …


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 …