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Australian Senate election, 1970


Australian Senate election, 1970

Half-senate elections were held in Australia on 21 November 1970. This was the last time a Senate election was held with no accompanying election to the House of Representatives; the two election cycles had been out of synchronisation since 1963. The governing Coalition and the opposition Australian Labor Party won 26 seats each, while the Democratic Labor Party and three independents (two newly elected) held the remaining seats.
Senate (STV) — 1970–74—Turnout 93.98% (CV) — Informal 9.41%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Won Seats Held Change
  Australian Labor Party 2,376,215 42.22 −2.81 14 26 −1
  Liberal/Country (Joint Ticket) 1,098,134 19.51 −14.31 4 *
  Liberal Party of Australia 991,473 17.61 +9.47 8 21 0
  Democratic Labor Party 625,142 11.11 +1.34 3 5 +1
  Australia Party 163,343 2.90 * 0 0 0
  Country Party 59,416 1.06 +0.24 1 5 −2
  Independents 95,902 1.70 +0.71 2 3 +2
  Other 219,208 3.89 0 0 0
  Total 5,628,833     32 60

Independents: Reg Turnbull (Tasmania), Michael Townley (Tasmania, Liberal Party from February 1975), Syd Negus (Western Australia)[1]

See also


  1. ^ Parliamentary Handbook – Members of the Senate since 1901


  • University of WA election results in Australia since 1890
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