A leading euthanasia advocate dubbed 'Dr Death' has slammed Australia's assisted dying laws after scientist David Goodall departed overseas to end his life.
Australia's s oldest scientist left the country to end his life at the age of 104, saying he is resentful that he must go overseas to die.
Philip Nitschke, the founder of voluntary euthanasia advocacy group Exit International agreed that it was disappointing Professor Goodall was denied the right to a peaceful death.
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He got on a plane in Perth late Wednesday surrounded by friends and family saying their final goodbyes (grandson pictured)
Dr Goodall celebrated his 104th birthday in early April and has since decided it is time to access voluntarily euthanasia in Switzerland
'That's the reality in Australia – He's a well 104-year-old and there is no way he can get any assistance or access to any of the drugs legally to be able to end his life,' he said, 9 News reported.
British-born David Goodall does not have a terminal illness but on the grounds that his quality of life has deteriorated he secured a fast-track appointment with assisted dying agency Life Circle in Basel, Switzerland.
He got on a plane in Perth late Wednesday surrounded by friends and family saying their final goodbyes, including a heartfelt farewell from his grandson, euthanasia advocates told AFP.
'I should be glad when I get on the plane - so far, so good,' he said.
'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'.
Renowned academic David Goodall is travelling to Switzerland to end his life
Australia's oldest working scientist David Goodall talking to media as he departs Perth Airport for Switzerland
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.'
Mr Nitschke explained that in Switzerland the renowned scholar will be able to lawfully access drugs to end his life in a reliable and calm environment.
'The fact that the AMA have been prepared to make statements about people that are well and expect us to somehow respect their opinion when they've done nothing but undermine euthanasia rights for people - whether they're sick or