Crimes Act 1900 No 40
Current version for 1 December 2014 to date (accessed 19 December 2014 at 21:47)

44   Failure of persons to provide necessities of life

(1)  A person:
(a)  who is under a legal duty to provide another person with the necessities of life, and
(b)  who, without reasonable excuse, intentionally or recklessly fails to provide that person with the necessities of life,
is guilty of an offence if the failure causes a danger of death or causes serious injury, or the likelihood of serious injury, to that person.

Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years.

(2)  A person cannot be found guilty of both an offence against section 43A and an offence against this section in respect of the same act or omission.
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