MEMBERS STATEMENT: Welcome home Luke

Mr PURCELL (Western Victoria) (09:58:30) — It gives me great pleasure to rise today to welcome home Warrnambool student Luke King, who had been in hospital in Melbourne since the start of June. Luke spent his 15th birthday yesterday in Ronald McDonald House.

He has a rare liver disease and is due to be transferred to the Warrnambool Base Hospital after seven weeks away. Luke, who is awaiting a liver transplant, has strong support from his fellow Brauer College students, who have started fundraising to help with Luke's medical costs. Luke is a big football supporter and supports the Bulldogs.

Luke's mum said that she was touched and surprised when she heard the middle school council and Luke's mates had organised a footy colours dress-up day and sausage sizzle. She said:

I had tears in my eyes. I couldn't believe it. The school has been so great and so supportive. It's not just the school, it's everybody. You know how a community is and how they rally together, especially in a country community, but I was not expecting any of this. Just their support was enough.

I congratulate the Brauer students for their support and wish Luke all the best.

Classmates celebrate as Luke returns home after weeks in Melbourne hospitals

Warrnambool's Luke King is finally coming home from Melbourne after being in hospital since the start of June. Luke has a rare liver disease and was due to be transferred to the Warrnambool Base Hospital on Wednesday. He and his mum Leanne Hooton went to Melbourne, expecting to have a short procedure, which would take a couple of days.