Prime Minister Bob Hawke Monday urged immigrants to forget their prejudices and act like Australians after a 16-year-old Croatian boy was shot during a protest outside the Yugoslav consulate.

Hawke said newcomers have a right to demonstrate but cautioned, "We do not want to see Australia become a battleground in terms of people trying to live out and act out ancient rivalries that might still to some extent bedevil their places of origin."On Sunday, 1,500 ethnic Croatians demanding a homeland in Yugoslavia demonstrated outside the Yugoslav consulate. Police said a security guard at the consulate shot and wounded the youth while about five protesters climbed the wall of the compound.