Well it's obvious that the shiney new member for Indi isn't quite up to scratch with rail matters yet, but sadly it appears her staffers aren't either.
* The Albury line is chock-a-block with bumps, kinks, mudholes and any number of other problems, meaning that trains can't travel very fast on the line. ARTC has been working on this for the best part of a decade and realistically, there is no end in sight anytime soon. So it would be wasteful to spend a lot of money on new high speed rolling stock when most of the line has speed restrictions that will continue for years to come.
* The standard gauge track between Seymour and Melbourne is a single line. If you want to run lots more trains over it, you will come up against capacity constraints, especially at the sort of times that passengers want to travel.
* All velocity rail cars are broad gauge. To have a separate standard gauge fleet with spares (in case of breakdowns, vandalism, etc) would be wasteful and the money could be better spent on more broad gauge velocities as they could be utilised more intensively than a few orphaned stragglers on just one standard gauge line.
* Most obviously this is overwhelmingly a state issue and McGowan is a federal MP. The federal government may be involved with ARTC but they have almost nothing to do with either running passenger services or purchasing rolling stock.
In short, nice try Cathy. But the first rule of politics is check your information so you don't look like a dill.
However, McGwan is very savvy so she will learn from her mistake. If she's smart and sacks the staffer who wrote this rather uninformed media release, she won't be seen to make mistakes like this again.