Progressive (tax)

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Original meaning

Someone who is progressive or has progressive ideas has modern ideas about how things should be done, rather than traditional ones.

Source: Collins Dictionary

An advocate of social reform.

Source: Lexico

1a : of, relating to, or characterized by progress
b : making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities
c : relating to an educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual child, informality of classroom procedure, and encouragement of self-expression
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by progression
3 : moving forward or onward

Source: Cambridge Dictionary

Corrupted meaning in Australian Politics

Used to describe an economic system in which more advantages, especially tax advantages, are given to people with less money than to people with more money:
‘The party says it will introduce a more progressive Budget’.

Source: Cambridge Dictionary