Australia's oldest scientist, wearing a top labelled 'ageing disgracefully', has left the country for Switzerland to end his life at the age of 104, saying he is resentful that he must go overseas to die.
David Goodall does not have a terminal illness but his quality of life has deteriorated and he has secured a fast-track appointment with assisted dying agency Life Circle in Basel.
He got on a plane in Perth late Wednesday surrounded by friends and family saying their final goodbyes, euthanasia advocates told AFP.
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He got on a plane in Perth late Wednesday surrounded by friends and family saying their final goodbyes (grandson pictured)
'I should be glad when I get on the plane - so far, so good,' he told 9 News.
'I have some of my family here - there are three grandsons here, I believe and my daughter Karen... It's very good that they shall be here to see me off.
He will spend several days with other family in Bordeaux, France, before heading to Switzerland where he is due to end his life on May 10.
'I don't want to go to Switzerland, though it's a nice country,' he told broadcaster ABC before leaving.
'But I have to do that in order to get the opportunity of suicide which the Australian system does not permit. I feel very resentful.'
Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries around the world and was banned in