Elections were held on 21 November 1970 to elect 32 of the 60 seats in the Australian Senate. This is the most recent occasion on which 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 13 and 14 seats respectively, resulting in a total of 26 seats each, while the Democratic Labor Party and three independents (two newly elected) held the remaining seats.
|Party||Votes||%||Swing||Seats Won||Seats Held||Change|
|Liberal–Country coalition (total)||2,149,023||38.18||–4.59||13||26||–2|
|Liberal–Country joint ticket||1,098,134||19.51||–14.31||4||*||*|
|Defence of Government Schools||27,796||0.49||+0.49||0||0||0|
|Independent / Other||234,314||4.16||+2.46||2||3||+2|
- In New South Wales and Queensland, the coalition parties ran a joint ticket. Of the four senators elected on a joint ticket, three were members of the Liberal Party and one was a member of the Country Party. In Western Australia, the coalition parties ran on separate tickets. In South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria, only the Liberal Party ran a ticket.
- Two independents were elected – Michael Townley of Tasmania and Syd Negus of Western Australia. This brought the total number of independents in the Senate to three, the other being Reg Turnbull of Tasmania.
- Parliamentary Handbook – Members of the Senate since 1901 Archived 25 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- University of WA election results in Australia since 1890