those numbers are still wrong. sydney metro is what you need to be looking at. It ain't silly figures because much of the vhst is going to have to have tunnels and mega bridges and viaducts exactly like the north west metro. It is extremely applicable to compare the north west metro with a Sydney to Melbourne VHST especially when you have to add in the higher complexity needed for vhst track. Oh and you have to buy the trains as well.Sure, an HST alignment would require massive earthworks. But it would also include long sections of surface rail - which brings down the average per-km cost.
As I said, find me a figure in a reliable source that compares even remotely with yours. Until then, I'm afraid I'll be taking the word of professional public servants and academics over that of someone on Railpage.