Opposition leader Bill Shorten in Kingscliff on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten in Kingscliff on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Liana Turner

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: The promises that were made yesterday

MORE apprenticeships, extra cash for the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out and tougher environment laws overseen by a new watchdog - these were the main Federal Election pledges from Labor, the Coalition and the Greens yesterday.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten kicked off the day's promises by guaranteeing a government under his command would ensure one in 10 jobs on priority infrastructure projects went to apprentices.

Mr Shorten promised this would lead to 2600 new places "for young workers seeking a job and real skills".

"In government, we will also work with the states and territories and industry to develop procurement rules for apprentices that will apply to all infrastructure, construction and defence projects with capital expenditure over $10 million," he said.

In the Coalition camp, Social Services Minister Christian Porter revealed a re-elected Turnbull government would "invest" $34 million to support employment and training for those working under the NDIS.

The funding would flow from July 1 this year - one day before the Federal Election.

Senator Larissa Waters said the Greens were committed to rolling out an independent environment watchdog - the National Environment Protection Authority - and a "new generation of environment laws".


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