Glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup. (Image: Denis Thaust/Avenir Pictures)

The first Australian lawsuit against popular weed killer, Roundup, has been filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria and with it, a decades-long game of spin and misdirection arrives on our shores.

Nine reported on Tuesday that 54-year-old Melbourne gardener, Michael Ogalirolo, alleges that more than 18 years of exposure to glyphosate -- the active component in Roundup, and the most common weed killer in the world -- is to blame for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.