Australia's oldest scientist flying to Switzerland to die

Australia’s oldest scientist plans to fly to Switzerland next week to end his life through voluntary euthanasia.

Dr David Goodall, who is 104, doesn’t have a terminal illness but his quality of life has deteriorated in recent months.

“I greatly regret having reached that age,” Dr Goodall told the ABC about turning 104 on April 4.

Exit International, founded by controversial euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke, has started a GoFundMe campaign to upgrade Dr Goodall’s ticket from economy to business class and is sending nurse Carol O’Neil to accompany the Perth resident.

Dr David Goodall (right), 104, will travel to Switzerland with Carol O’Neil (left) next month. Source: GoFundMe

“My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide,” Dr Goodall said.

Dr Goodall and Ms O’Neil plan to leave Perth for Basel in early May.

The acclaimed botanist and ecologist made headlines in 2016 after Perth’s Edith Cowan University, where he was an honoury research associate, told him he must vacate his office due to concerns for his welfare and others while on campus.

Dr Goodall challenged the decision and won.

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With AAP