The Northern Territory Legislative Assembly sits for three days this week and only one piece of legislation and some old ministerial statements are listed for debate.

Independent MLA Gerry Wood says he expects the major parties to use the parliamentary sittings to try and score points on federal election issues.

Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie has accused the Government of laziness and decried the paucity of work for the sessions, which begin today.

"They are a policy vacuum," she said.

Attorney-General John Elferink has retorted that his Government has passed 33 pieces of legislation, including 17 in his portfolio, in its first 12 months.

"This was a do nothing Labor government when they were in government," he said.

Mr Elferink says legislation on gambling to be debated this week aims to clamp down on match and race fixing.

Mr Wood says the outcome of the federal election will have a significant impact on Territory politics.

"The Territory is tied up with the federal government ... whether we like it or not," he said.

"We are run to some extent by the Federal Government, whether it's through the Self-Government Act or because they provide most of the finances to keep the Territory going," he said.

"It is very hard, I think, to completely avoid debate in the parliament without including federal government.

"I have no doubt that there will be opportunities for both sides to use this sitting of parliament to tell the general public out there why their federal counterparts should be supported."

 

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